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Right, I don't know what is connected to the E80 NMEA 0183 and will find out this weekend. As I understand it, I can take anything connected there and move to the NMEA 0183 4800 baud connection on the AIS650 with the 38400 baud NMEA 018 connection on the AIS650 going to the E80 NMEA 0183.
That is supposed to work. If it does not update the firmware in the AIS650. That works much more easily if you have Internet at the dock.

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Can't argue with your experience...why does Raymarine suggest the splitter for AIS install on a sailboat?
Because they sell more AIS receivers and transponders if the make it appear easier.

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A friend recommended the wirie. After doing some checking into options, I decided to go with it. I saw where I could same some money by assembling something similar from components, but the wirie seems pretty turnkey.
Best of luck. In side by side comparisons, even with the Wirie/Bullet performance is better with the two part systems. Your mileage will not vary.

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I quite like the Raymarine E80 - it is a good plotter. Remember you'll have to use the setup menus to change the E80 NMEA 0183 interface from 4800 bps to 36400 bps for AIS. You may already have something hooked up at 4800 bps (VHF DSC radios for exampls) in which chase you'll have to make a decision. You can add a multiplexer like the Actisense NDC-4-AIS to provide data rates suitable for all your NMEA 0183 inputs and outputs. You might also build a small network segment (either NMEA 2000 or SeaTalkng for future "someday" upgrades and do one conversion to SeaTalk or SeaTalkhs; in future new equipment will be added to the new segment and older equipment will be retired from the old segment(s).

If you are fortunate, nothing is connected to the NMEA 0183 interface on the E80 and you can just hook things up.

Please please PLEASE hook up a silent switch so you can run your electronics without transmitting. Don't be a lid transmitting from the dock.



I think I've been pretty clear I don't think much of splitters and why. VHF and AIS performance deteriorates. You can't beat physics. In the grand scheme of everything we can do on and to our boats I don't think I would call it a big mistake: no one will die and your boat won't sink. I think it is not well advised.

Most arches leave plenty of room for an antenna farm. Your biggest issue is shading - not nearly so big a problem with VHF as your wind generator.

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Does that hookup go for the Raymarine C80 chartplotter as well? We have the radar already connected. I'd like to hook up an AIS and I quite like the Vester (rec/transmit) but haven't purchased yet. I'd rather have a 2nd antenna, but I have the vhg on the masthead, and it's a rotating mast on our tri, so I'm trying to avoid the spreaders.

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Does that hookup go for the Raymarine C80 chartplotter as well? We have the radar already connected. I'd like to hook up an AIS and I quite like the Vester (rec/transmit) but haven't purchased yet. I'd rather have a 2nd antenna, but I have the vhg on the masthead, and it's a rotating mast on our tri, so I'm trying to avoid the spreaders.
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You can put the second antenna on the pushpit.

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You can put the second antenna on the pushpit.
Great; thanks. I'll take a look to see where I can mount it; I didn't think the reception would be sufficient.
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Re: AIS Unit for Raymarine Chartplotter System

I recently upgraded my VHF to the Horizon GX2200... which includes AIS, DSC, GPS which is output to a C80. The AIS works fine... and target show on the C80. I didn't use a splitter... but when the mast was down last Spring I put a new VHF antenna (Vesper) and new RG213 coax. BIG difference!
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