Product Reviews: AIS

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Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS Class B Transponder

PROs:

CONs:

  • Creates its own WiFi network on board
  • Uses an existing VHF antenna
  • Fully waterproof

Standard Horizon GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF Radio

PROs:

  • High-resolution, backlit LCD display
  • Soft touch programmable keys and a large rotary knob for easy channel selection
  • Optional RAM4 remote microphones available

CONs:

  • Does not contain an internal splitter, you will have to install two antennas (one for VHF, one for AIS)

Garmin VHF 300 AIS

PROs:

  • Supports GHS 10 plus three GHS 20 remote mics
  • Dedicated rotary key for frequent tasks and 3 soft buttons for dynamic controls
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 200 compliant

CONs:

  • GHS 20/GHS 20i wireless handsets sold separately

Simrad NAIS-400

PROs:

  • Low power consumption, average 170mA at 12VDC
  • Lightweight 250g
  • Waterproof IPX7 standard

CONs:

  • No built in VHF/AIS splitter

Vesper Marine AIS WatchMate 850

PROs:

  • Integrated AIS Transponder, no need for “black boxes”
  • Ultra low power consumption
  • 50 channel GPS receiver

CONs:

  • Sound of alarm is not very audible at far distance with engine running and/or very windy

Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS Transponder with WiFi

PROs:

  • Free iOS app
  • Routes NMEA 0183 instrument data over WiFi
  • Silent Mode

CONs:

  • No mobile apps for Android, Windows, or Blackberry

Garmin Quatix watch

PROs:

  • Preloaded worldwide basemap
  • Waterproof to 50 meters
  • Sail racing features like virtual starting line, tack assist and more

CONs:

  • NMEA Transceiver sold separately
  • Low battery life with GPS on

Simrad RS35 VHF/AIS Radio

PROs:

  • Dual Channel AIS receiver does not require separate antenna
  • Fleet-wide broadcasting
  • AIS plotting

CONs:

  • Wireless handset sold separately
  • AIS receiver only (no transmit)

Garmin AIS 600 Transceiver

PROs:

  • Cables/software included
  • NMEA 0183 and 2000 compliant
  • Passive splitter eliminates need for 2 VHF antennas

CONs:

  • Does not integrate well with other brand MFDs
  • Almost double the cost of competitors brands

Digital Yacht SPL2000 VHF-AIS Antenna Splitter

PROs:

  • 12V or 24V operation
  • Low power consumption
  • Works with all Class B transponders and receivers

CONs:

  • No Digital Yacht offices located in Canada
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