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Old 24 November 2013, 16:07   #11
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Ah, OK - it was the 500 that foxed me. A Link8 at 265 seems too good to say no to. I have no idea how good a VHF they are but I'd risk it for a biscuit

When I have look for an AIS unit to do both they seem to be like 500, not sure if that includes cables, antenna and all that, so it is an expensive toy.

Id love to be seen, but i would much rather see whats out there and if like you say the link 8 gives me this for 250 isn then thats worth a punt!
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Doesn't feel like you'd need that much extra kit in the box to send AIS so why does that then cost an extra 500?
A receiver doesn't need any certification. It's just a glorified VHF receiver with a chip to decode the AIS transmission into NMEA.
A transponder has to be fully certified/approved (=expensive) and does a lot more clever processing to avoid conflicting transmissions from other vessels. A transponder is 'only' twice the price of a good quality full dual channel receiver and that includes a GPS antenna as well.

There's also the economy of scale - a lot more receivers are sold than transponders.
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I have fitted garmin ais600 to boat and I would never do without it again
I would possibly look at the vhf300i next time as I think it's got the same transponder system
Better to be seen than not
Radar reflectors are about as much use as a chocolate fire guard so AIS is the way forward
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I'd love one - but 500+
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safety!
what price????
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I've boated for years and only ever chartered with AIS, but never felt I wouldn't go out in the RIB without AIS, I do see the benefit on long distance cruising for the WAFI's.

I would rather have receive so that I could see what's going on in bad weather, and spend the remaining 250 on fuel enabling me to get out on the water. I think for most of my cruising I would disable the Tx anyway as not to clutter up other peoples plotters as i am bay hopping or exploring the coast line.

I think some people rely to much on the thought that they have an AIS transmitter - so everyone will see them.
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Hello All

I've had the Advansea AIS TR200 fitted on my RIB since summer 2012 and very happy with it. Well suited to a RIB given its size and waterproofness and integrates well with my Garmin 451S for display and proximity alarms.

Have valued it most when operating at night so can seen - and be seen by - the many ferries, cruise ships and tankers moving about, to avoid any collisions and also avaoid large wakes in the dark. Also reassuring in fog, when used with all the other safety equipment and measures.

Also gives reassurance to my partner when out on my own, to see me pootling about on Marine Traffic:
SKYLARK - Pleasure Craft: current position and details | MMSI 235091893, Callsign 2FJW7 | Registered in United Kingdom - AIS Marine Traffic

Plus just very interesting to see what shipping is about anyway, and indeed prompted me to setup up an AIS base station at home to improve class B coverage around here and our community slip. Thanks to Marine Traffic for providing the SLR200N unit FOC in return for hosting the device and sending the data to them via my broadband connection.

Details for AIS station Mull Head Deerness Orkney - AIS Marine Traffic

Comar Systems SLR 200N / SLR 200NG

I looked at an rx only unit, but because this Class B transponder was 399, the extra seemed worth it. From looking just now that seemed to be a very good price, esp 18 months ago.

Unit works 100% and would buy again.

See also thread: Current AIS best buys?

Maybe Santa will have got you one :o)

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PS - I did look at the:

AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS transponder

275GBP but then shipping from USA and antenna to add - but worth a look if the next option is over 500.

Or 335 for the:
Comar CSB 200 Class B AIS Transponder

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Hello All

I've had the Advansea AIS TR200 fitted on my RIB since summer 2012 and very happy with it. Well suited to a RIB given its size and waterproofness and integrates well with my Garmin 451S for display and proximity alarms.

Have valued it most when operating at night so can seen - and be seen by - the many ferries, cruise ships and tankers moving about, to avoid any collisions and also avaoid large wakes in the dark. Also reassuring in fog, when used with all the other safety equipment and measures.

Also gives reassurance to my partner when out on my own, to see me pootling about on Marine Traffic:
SKYLARK - Pleasure Craft: current position and details | MMSI 235091893, Callsign 2FJW7 | Registered in United Kingdom - AIS Marine Traffic

Plus just very interesting to see what shipping is about anyway, and indeed prompted me to setup up an AIS base station at home to improve class B coverage around here and our community slip. Thanks to Marine Traffic for providing the SLR200N unit FOC in return for hosting the device and sending the data to them via my broadband connection.

Details for AIS station Mull Head Deerness Orkney - AIS Marine Traffic

Comar Systems SLR 200N / SLR 200NG

I looked at an rx only unit, but because this Class B transponder was 399, the extra seemed worth it. From looking just now that seemed to be a very good price, esp 18 months ago.

Unit works 100% and would buy again.

See also thread: Current AIS best buys?

Maybe Santa will have got you one :o)

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Very interesting post.

Firstly, as someone who consults Marinetraffic on a daily basis it's great to find someone who has 'custody' of one of their shore stations. Excellent service although I wish some of the 'Armchair Admirals' I answer in to professionally had never heard of it!

Secondly, I've just looked up the price of the TR200 unit and am gobsmacked that it's north of 650 (Bainbridge marine)

Finally, the idea of my missus tracking me on Marinetraffic is just a step too far. Not that I'd be worried she'd sus me doing anything utoward (honestly) but she wouldn't notice that the info she's looking at hadn't been updated for (say) 30 mins and the next thing I know I'd have a Severn Class up my ass or Rescue 122 hovering overhead.

She has a tendency to over-react.
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She has a tendency to over-react.
Just shows she cares - or you are well insured :o)

Works for us as my Partner boats and is AIS (and DSC etc for that matter) savvy, so knows that "no signal" is not to cause worry... just that moving signal is confirmation of good, but not moving does not = in trouble. And knows other ways to check I'm OK if concerned.

Yep - 399 for the unit was a bargain - can't find it under 500 now.

I too was amazed that Marine Traffic supplied the 400+ base station unit, but I made a documented case that showed there was a gap in converge to the east of Orkney... Which also nicely coincided with where I go out most frequently :o)

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