View Poll Results: What type of AIS do you have or plan to install?
My boat has AIS Class-A (transmit and receive) 3 4.23%
My boat has AIS Class-B (transmit and receive) 21 29.58%
My boat has receive-only AIS, and I do not want transmit capability 8 11.27%
My boat has receive-only AIS, and I want to add transmit capability 9 12.68%
I do not have AIS, but plan to add full AIS (transmit and receive) 11 15.49%
I do not have AIS, but plan to add receive-only AIS 8 11.27%
I have no plans for AIS 11 15.49%
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Do you have AIS?

This poll is to explore the extent to which boaters have equipped their vessels with AIS, and if they have, what kind they have installed. And if they don't have AIS, do they plan to add it, and what type do they have in mind.

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Old 02-28-2014, 09:55 AM   #2
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Simrad Class B send receive operating flawlessly for 5 years. Integrated into Furuno NN3 and laptop based Nobeltec.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:02 AM   #3
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We have class B AIS, tied to our Furuno Navnet VX2

It works great! I love being able to be seen and see other vessels!
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:42 AM   #4
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Sea Eagle has a Simrad NAIS-400 transceiver, tied into redundant Nobeltec Admiral PC based navigation.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:52 AM   #5
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Sitex Class B tied to Raymarine C125. Went down the Houston Ship Channel last week to Offats Bayou, heavy fog both ways, and having the AIS data as fantastic. Knowing the speed and direction of the traffic was extremely helpful. Much easier than trying to do it with just radar.

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #6
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Will be installing a SH GX2200 for AIS receive StandardHorizon GX2200. No plans for AIS transmit capability... lots of things higher on the list to spend a boat buck on.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:15 AM   #7
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I use boat beacon. It isn't true AIS but in the relatively sheltered (and cell phone serviced) Chesapeake it works well.

Downsides: 1)it needs a internet connection 2)only works where you have coverage from a land station. 4)the send function only shows location on the internet based AIS searches (marine traffic, vessel tracker, Ect) it does NOT display on the screen of VHF based AIS systems.

Since most (all?) of the bay has cell phone access it covers us as a receiver.

upsides: its $6.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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Were currently have a simrad NAIS 300-transceiver, but were replacing it due to some problems where it only show the names of class a vessels. Were replacing it with a Vesper Marine transceiver with NM2K/wifi so it will work with their iPad app. We love AIS it's helped us many times. Also nice when your running at night in our area (very busy shipping) it's nice to know they know where I'm am and vice versa.
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Standard Horizon GX-2150 to recieve AIS coupled with a Standard Horizon CP300i and CP1000 displays.
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Standard Horizon GX-2150 to recieve AIS coupled with a Standard Horizon CP300i and CP1000 displays.
Did you vote in the poll? So far nobody has said they have receive only and plan to keep it, but I think they are just not represented yet. Lots of people have said this is what they have in various other posts.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:41 PM   #11
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We do not have AIS and have no current plans to install it. In our cruising area the traffic is not major so don't see the need.

However, if we expand our cruising horizons I expect that we will add AIS to our pilothouse, as it is relatively inexpensive and I think could be quite useful in a crowded seaway.

As we have a Simrad suite already I expect we would go with a Simrad product.
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Did you vote in the poll? So far nobody has said they have receive only and plan to keep it, but I think they are just not represented yet. Lots of people have said this is what they have in various other posts.
I have voted now.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:55 PM   #13
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I have a nice shiny brand new one (receive only A/B) but the damned thing doesn't work..... I didn't see a checkbox for that.
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This poll is to explore the extent to which boaters have equipped their vessels with AIS, and if they have, what kind they have installed. And if they don't have AIS, do they plan to add it, and what type do they have in mind. Please take the poll
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SH 2150 receive only, networked to my Raymarine network. Will be adding transmit capability in the near future.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:52 PM   #16
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I have a EM-TRAK class B, with USB connectivity to a laptop running OpenCPN.

Works well and I was delighted to have it running up the coast. I find it more valuable than Radar. The ability to call boats by name on the radio, instantly see speed and heading, see boats coming 'around the corner', etc is great.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:05 PM   #17
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GX-2150 tied into Lowrance MFDs and Coastal Explorer. Would love to move to NMEA 2000 Class B but not high enough on the list.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:43 PM   #18
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:57 PM   #19
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Comnav Mariner X2 Class B, fed into Actisense NMEA 0183 mutliplexor then to both Nobletec Odyssey Time Zero on PC in pilothouse and NavNet 3D MFD12 on flybridge.

Like a few other things, once you have it and have used it for a while you really would not want to be without it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:35 AM   #20
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Now sport a GME AIST 120 Class B .
So far it has been really good and the interface with Nobletec has been fine.

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