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AIS Transciever

I'm starting to think about over the winter purchases and gear for next year. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has installed an AIS transceiver recently. I'm hoping the prices are coming down.

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Re: AIS Transciever

Just did a search using google for "ais transceiver" Prices are coming down, saw one for $319.
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Re: AIS Transciever

I installed a Vesper Marine XB-6000 2 years ago. It's been rock solid, I am very happy with it.

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I installed a Vesper Marine XB-6000 2 years ago. It's been rock solid, I am very happy with it.
Same here, but it was a Vesper XB8000 and something like 5 or 6 years ago. Installed the thing, configured with the radio (hardwired) and computer/tablet/phone (built-in wifi) and never had to do anything more. Working without a hiccup
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Re: AIS Transciever

I have been watching AIS transceiver prices for about five years and prices for FCC certified equipment have not moved significantly in that time (it is still about $450 for a basic Class B unit and $700 for a wi-fi equipped and/or SOTDMA Class B unit). The low-cost units you see online are usually from foreign sellers and are not FCC compliant. Some people buy them anyway, but I wouldn’t take the risk. I’ve decided that until they either come down more in price or I decide to sail outside the Chesapeake, that I’m fine with having a receive-only unit.

I find having receive-only capability is plenty helpful in avoiding shipping traffic and enhancing general situational awareness and that adding a transceiver probably wouldn’t be helpful in avoiding my bigger fear (and the more common collision type in the Chesapeake) which is being run down by a go-fast powerboat. If the power boat operator is drunk and/or reckless and driving erratically at high speed, there’s neither much value in having their AIS data nor in sending mine out.
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Re: AIS Transciever

If you are just looking for a simple real time AIS without transmitting properties and have a good chartplotter with an NMEA capable backbone I’d suggest just adding a Standard Horizon and hooking it into it

https://www.thegpsstore.com/Standard...SABEgIoAfD_BwE

There would be two reasons for buying a class B which transmits your position. One you do a lot of offshore sailing or sailing where there is a huge amount of ship traffic ie NYC. Two , you want to have others see where you are and enjoy the AIS novelty. The Vesper is the best I have seen for this and runs about $800.
Understand you will need seperAte antennae also

If you just want to show your position on a general info basis and don’t care if it’s real time....then just get the
On Course or Boat Becacon Ap

I agree with 4arch that here on the Chessie AIS will only cover a small amount of boats .


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And if you want to see AIS targets on a smart device the app Marine Traffic will work.

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Re: AIS Transciever

I also recommend vesper marine 8000. We have it wet up to feed our main Simard system and also as a core of a backup nav system with windows computer (coastal explorer) or IOS device. Also have their alarm system which is controlled off IOS or droid. It's worked flawlessly. So nice when your in a dicey situation to have a ship call us by name and work out a plan. Just sailed Hawaii and back and used the alarm system to let us know if a ship was close. But alarm never came on as they could see us on AIS and stayed miles away.

One other mention is their customer support. Any time I've had an issue or question I'd get it answered over email in hours.

Maybe more expensive but to the features, connectivity (NEMA, USB, wifi), and customer support you cant go wrong.
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I follow friends on marine traffic. Sometimes do this on the boat so have the transceiver running at the same time. This occurs on the occasions we have internet (so we’re coastal). Have found marine traffic is good but extraordinarily slow. Will often not update in a useful period of time when you’re concerned about a intercept or collision avoidance. Believe it is NOT meant to be used as a navigational aid.

In busy areas (New York harbor, chessie near military and such) have had military and commercial traffic call me on 16,9,13). The call is usually a curtesy call or to state intentions. But these calls are useful and clearly occur because I was identified by my transmitting AIS.

Similarly when offshore transmitting is very important. Ships tend to pick up on your AIS not radar and definitely not visual.

At this point of time think having a transceiver is more important to safety than a chart plotter (pad will serve) or radar. Think everyone in anything bigger than a dinghy should get one.
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I follow friends on marine traffic. Sometimes do this on the boat so have the transceiver running at the same time. This occurs on the occasions we have internet (so we’re coastal). Have found marine traffic is good but extraordinarily slow. Will often not update in a useful period of time when you’re concerned about a intercept or collision avoidance. Believe it is NOT meant to be used as a navigational aid.

In busy areas (New York harbor, chessie near military and such) have had military and commercial traffic call me on 16,9,13). The call is usually a curtesy call or to state intentions. But these calls are useful and clearly occur because I was identified by my transmitting AIS.

Similarly when offshore transmitting is very important. Ships tend to pick up on your AIS not radar and definitely not visual.

At this point of time think having a transceiver is more important to safety than a chart plotter (pad will serve) or radar. Think everyone in anything bigger than a dinghy should get one.
Can’t agree with this at all. Radar is more important. There never will be a mandate for recreational vessels requiring them to have AIS....therefore

Since the majority won’t have it they will be dark on your AIS screen. However radar will spot them.

We have traveled the NJ coast many times at night. I can’t count how many times we have encountered boats who are “dark” fishing with no AIS signature from our Vesper. They were “visible” on radar though and the “dangerous target” went off.

Jim for your purposes the Marine Traffic ap should suffice as you spend most of your time in the Bay. The large ships are confined to the channel north of the Bridge so I doubt you’ll have the need to raise and talk to them.

Honestly the only time we use it is around NY , C& D Canal entrance on the Delaware and the entrance to the Chesapeake where there is a large movement and anchoring of ships

We got the Vesper because we do some offshore work. It can be a great value there.
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