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I totally agree the dedicated display would have to be at the helm, and that results in a number of other considerations for me not the least of which are space and aesthetics ... but I actually think I might use (note: I have never had one to date) AIS even in good visibility. My family and I cruise in some pretty busy areas depending on the time of year, and sometimes even on a really clear day all the traffic can be a bit confusing. This is where I think a dedicated AI50 might be worthwhile as it would alleviate clutter on the charts. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the all in one approach, and the Simrad NSE I am looking at seems like it can do it all, charts, radar, weather, AIS, etc., I'm just wonder if I find myself in a dangerous crossing situation it would be worth having a place to look instantly that's only showing the AIS related details. Have you done much research on AIS alarms? I've heard some of the units aren't very intuitive and go off every time you point you bow at another ship. I know myself well enough to admit if the damn thing goes off every few minutes, I'm going to start to tune it out or turn it off.
She's real fine ... my J/109!
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