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Old 03 April 2010, 11:48   #21
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Thanks, so is the slow one the NMEA0183 and the fast one the NMEA2000 variant?

Will these two particular units work together to provide AIS? I can't find any installation instructions for the Garmin 551 to confirm whether it has fast & slow or not... but the Garmin does support both 0183 and 2000.
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This leaves you with two electronic units on your console plus a compass. The plotter may have an internal antenna and your transducer is in hull. The VHF/AIS requires only one antenna and no splitter box.
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If the two will work together it would provide chart, AIS, DSC VHF and sonar which is not a bad combination out of two boxes and one external antenna
Imagine that!
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Imagine that!
Yeah ok ok but what I was checking up on was:-

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Obviously you'll need to be sure the plotter in question WILL display the AIS data.
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Yeah ok ok but what I was checking up on was:-
Ahhhh, I dunno. You must wait for Maltmouse to squeek from Éxperyance
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Good morninxs,

The 551 does take both speeds of NMEA0183.

NMEA2000 is a whole other kettle of fish, comparable to USB versus serial ports on 'pooters.

The think to look for is two separate NMEA0183 connections.

And yep, you get an awful lot of bang for your buck with an AIS/DSC set coupled with a sonar chartplotter.

The next step up is the very exciting Garmin 750S which does all of that, plus is ready for radar too!
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Ah ok ... something else I didn't realise ... thanks

Radar is definitely not on the options list! got enough things to think about, ordering loads stuff I have never seen or used is traumatic enough
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Digging this one up again.........

Does anybody have any feedback on Furuno or particularly the Navicom RT-650 which seems to be the best priced of the very small selection of AIS equipped VHFs around - http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...tore_Code=mrst for about £240 once I get the vat back.

Are they good / will they survive life on an open boat? Has anybody seen one or got one? A search for Navicom only turned up two threads one of which was this one, so I guess they are not that popular but I wondered why.

I have an answer back on charts for the Garmin GPSmap 551s and they look OK (got a couple of screenshots from Garmin of the Falklands chart card and it looks reasonably detailed) so I'm pretty set on that for the sounder/plotter side of things, but the VHF is still undecided. The extra £150 or so between an Icom IC-M411 and this Navicom is probably money worth spending but only if the Navicom is a decent VHF performer as well - the AIS is a bit of a 'nice to have' toy but the VHF bit is pretty important.
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