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Old 10-24-2021, 05:50 PM   #1
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AIS Stand-alone.

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Old 10-24-2021, 06:03 PM   #2
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The Vesper 8000 is pretty bulletproof
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The Vesper 8000 is pretty bulletproof
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Another vote for the Vesper 8000, the Wi-Fi feature makes it easy to use an IPad with nav software for GPS signal.
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I have the Vesper XB-8000 too, and I used to recommend it highly.

But be aware, it's essentially an orphaned product. The vendor has moved on to other things and hasn't done any development on it in years. Their support, which used to be top-notch, has been reportedly spotty lately. They used to follow and respond in all the boating forums, but no longer. Overall, although the hardware is great and I'll keep using mine as long as I can, I think I'd opt for something newer if I were buying today.
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I have the Vesper XB-8000 too, and I used to recommend it highly.

But be aware, it's essentially an orphaned product. The vendor has moved on to other things and hasn't done any development on it in years. Their support, which used to be top-notch, has been reportedly spotty lately. They used to follow and respond in all the boating forums, but no longer. Overall, although the hardware is great and I'll keep using mine as long as I can, I think I'd opt for something newer if I were buying today.
I found their support for the XB-8000 excellent when contacted directly.
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I have the Vesper XB-8000 too, and I used to recommend it highly.

But be aware, it's essentially an orphaned product. The vendor has moved on to other things and hasn't done any development on it in years. Their support, which used to be top-notch, has been reportedly spotty lately. They used to follow and respond in all the boating forums, but no longer. Overall, although the hardware is great and I'll keep using mine as long as I can, I think I'd opt for something newer if I were buying today.
Funny you mention this. I'm picking up a Vesper Cortex next week which will replace my 8000. I spent some time with Steve from Seabits checking out his installation and really really liked this new offering. I plan to sell my 8000 once I have the new system installed.
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Matsutec ha102 for the win I reckon
About 1/3rd of the price of the vesper and does everything as advertised.

Also has a distress button on it which I don't think I have seen on others.
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Old 10-25-2021, 05:48 AM   #10
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I saw this unit on Ali-Exspress for around $270. Do you know if that includes the GPS antenna as it was not clear to me? Thanks.
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GPS antenna is $10 extra + freight.
Works better than the expensive roof mounted "smart" antenna on my commercial quality Seiwa chart plotter

This is the exact unit I got and it sits inside the wheelhouse on the dash

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3287...65934c4duaf4dD
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I think you need to consider what you want. If just AIS, then I think all the US certified units are good and work well. The Vesper (and others) include a whole bunch of other stuff that you may or may not find useful, like relaying nav data to wifi where it can be picked up by other devices.


Watch out for units that aren't FCC/USCG certified.
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GPS antenna is $10 extra + freight.
Works better than the expensive roof mounted "smart" antenna on my commercial quality Seiwa chart plotter

This is the exact unit I got and it sits inside the wheelhouse on the dash

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3287...65934c4duaf4dD
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Sitex makes a range of bullet proof AIS units, reasonably priced.
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Funny you mention this. I'm picking up a Vesper Cortex next week which will replace my 8000. I spent some time with Steve from Seabits checking out his installation and really really liked this new offering. I plan to sell my 8000 once I have the new system installed.
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Thanks all, but this is what I wanted at the price point I wanted...at West Marine no less!

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/em-tr...iver--12333944
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Is it going inside completely out of the weather? IP52. Aren’t most marine electronics these days IPX6 or 7.
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Thanks all, but this is what I wanted at the price point I wanted...at West Marine no less!

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/em-tr...iver--12333944
Great find. Thanks for posting it! Plan to add ais next season and want it to have its own dedicated display like that.
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Thanks all, but this is what I wanted at the price point I wanted...at West Marine no less!

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/em-tr...iver--12333944
Interesting that it is NMEA 0183 and not 2000. Is an antenna splitter still required?
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