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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Kept forgetting about a pic. Here's our new VHF-AIS receiver radio. You can see the AIS data for a nearby ship.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Mike, that blows the Hell out of a months cruising budget.

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

yeah I was going to say how much is that puppy? jajaja

the issue is for me at least ais is dependant and to a degree only helpful depending on where you cruise at...

for this coast of the pacific you need visuall aids and a good lookout always to be safe...ais would trully not be worth it...

again it solely depends on where you cruise...

id love it for the foggy san fran bay or similar congested areas...

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

AIS... If it was not so costly, I may have it. When I buy my next radio next year, if they offer one with it for $50-100 more, then I will have it. I wish it was two way, with an option to turn it off, but I will not pay $600 so ships can see me then run me down. The truth is, we have to get out of their way, not vice versa. I do not like the idea thou, of being tracked. call me an old fool, but when I want to remain hidden, I want to be hidden.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Cost me $339.95 CND, which is about $315 US. A bit pricey, to be sure, but fog is a constant friend up here on the Great Lakes. And we're heading into a pretty congested commercial waterway (Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario, plus the St. Lawrence Seaway). I really can't tell you if AIS will be useful for us -- yet. I'm going to find out though.

Personally, I'd rather have radar, but that was out of the budget. Plus, I don't have the time to install. Next season (I hope).

BTW, this is a receiver-only. No transmissions. I can see them, they can't see me. A transceiver system is more expensive, and a bit harder to install. And although it pains me to say this, I agree with UP here. I don't like the idea of transmitting my position to everyone out there.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

for your area its great great buy

I dont think $315 is excessive, I actually thought it was much much more expensive

Im in the receiver only crowd, same goes for ssb and weather...although I did have fun sending emails on sailmail back in the day.

enjoy it!

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Instead of AIS, I'm gonna opt for the Lowrance 3G Radar system instead. Yeah, I know, it's $1,100, but I'm not leavin the money for the kids to squander - I'm gonna piss it away first.

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Kept forgetting about a pic. Here's our new VHF-AIS receiver radio. You can see the AIS data for a nearby ship.
I'm intrigued, because I may get one of these.

Do you find that display usable? It's hard for me to see how it works exactly. It kind of looks like you're gettings swarmed by little rings.... "Hard to star/port??"

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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I'm intrigued, because I may get one of these.

Do you find that display usable? It's hard for me to see how it works exactly. It kind of looks like you're gettings swarmed by little rings.... "Hard to star/port??"

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They're a pretty good bang for the buck, IMHO... Why anyone wouldn't spend the few extra bucks for what is already a very good VHF to have AIS receive, is a mystery to me... Greatest enhancement to offshore safety and collision avoidance since the advent of radar, in my opinion, now available at a very reasonable cost...

Whether the display is "usable" is a relative term to some, I suppose... In a place like NY harbor, that screen can get a bit cluttered, but of course you can adjust the range to suit the situation. By selecting a target, it will give you range, bearing, speed and course of the target, usually its identity, CPA and time of CPA... The one thing it will NOT tell you is whether the target will pass ahead or astern of you, you have to determine that yourself...

Of course, for many of today's voyagers, that is a major failing of these types of units, they want to be able to SEE that on their plotter display, and have it figure that out for them :-)

There are ways to figure that out for yourself, of course... These things can actually be sort of fun to play with, but I suspect many out there today don't have a clue what they are :-)





Ahhh, wait - the day is saved...

Of course, there's an app for that :-)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...imoboard&hl=en
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

jajaja good ole plotting board....had one scratched up many a time that I used in captains school and kept but never did get that much use in real life

nice!
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