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You're assuming that the big boys are setup to receive AIS-B signals. Most are probably not, especially considering how much clutter that would add to the displays once a significant number of recreational boaters start using it.
Also, the advice about isolating the NMEA 0183 feed is a good one, but I'd point out that most modern laptops have to use a USB-to-serial adapter, and that it effectively acts as an isolator. Most modern laptops do not have a serial port, since they've effectively been replaced by USB ports. Many don't have a parallel or LPT port either.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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