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AIS and Raymarine RL80C

My set up is about 6 years old now, so its outdated, but works very well. Master RL80C at nav station and slaved unit at helm. Integrated autopilot, radar, depth, speed, temp and sea talk. I've been tempted to upgrade, mostly for the modern superior graphics, but the newer digital equip isn't all compatible. To do the chartplotters requires at least a new radar as well.

I've wanted to add an AIS transmitter/receiver, but can't figure out how to integrate it. Not sure these even existed when this unit was made. I was hoping there was a way to get it into sea talk, at the least.

Anyone have a good direction here?
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Your Raymarine RL80C supports NMEA 0183. If you are looking for an AIS RECEIVER, a lot of people like the Standard Horizon GX2100, which should work and integrate with your existing chart plotter.

The NEMA 0183 OUT from the radio will go to one of the two NEMA 0183 inputs on the chart plotter.

You, or the installer, will need the manual which I found here. Read and understand chapter 8.

Good luck.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a guarantee that this will work. I am only stating that it should work. I assume a level of technical competence of you or the installer. Your actual mileage may vary. Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts. Etc....
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Hey,

I would be surprised if your RL80C could display AIS data. Sure, you can send the data TO it, but it won't know what to do WITH it.

If you have the manual it should contain a list of what it can display. If you don't see AIS listed then it won't work.

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Hey,

I would be surprised if your RL80C could display AIS data. Sure, you can send the data TO it, but it won't know what to do WITH it.

If you have the manual it should contain a list of what it can display. If you don't see AIS listed then it won't work.

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Raymarine fully agrees. I sent a note to their customer support, which replied that the C, E and G series displays were the first to be able to display AIS data.

Bummer. A full upgrade would be painful. At the very least, the hole in the teak at the nav station is the wrong size and eveything else would need to be moved for the new screen. Probably just too much.

Wish there was a handheld AIS receiver.
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