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Old 27 July 2012, 04:28   #1
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Garmin AIS 600 transponder

As any odd got one of these need to buy a transponder for channel crossings. I have a Garmin 750 to plug into so think this is the best option although not the cheapest. Opinions ?
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See Copinsays recent thread about transponders. I've got a Digital Yacht AIT2000 connected to my Garmin which works a treat.
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As Erin says, you can easily connect a Digital Yacht transponder to Garmin.

At a little over 400 pounds they are stunning value.
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Hi there

I have a Garmin chartplotter and so did think about getting a Garmin AIS transponder - the benefit seemed to be better / enriched integration on the display and the ability to call up an AIS target vessel by DSC from the MMSI data, without having to manually enter the number.

BUT - I didn't think it worth several hundred pounds for that functionality... Especially as even my bargain transponder was 399 (inc VAT). But all depends on your budget I guess.

I still get all the data I think I'd need on the chartplotter via the generic NMEA connection (including proximity alarms etc), which was fairly straightforward to set up.

Hope this helps

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enriched integration on the display and the ability to call up an AIS target vessel by DSC from the MMSI data, without having to manually enter the number.

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I don't think there is any advantage to using a Garmin AIS. So long as the transponder has N2K then you can still call up a target via the plotter (so long as your radio supports this obviously. Certainly my Digital Yacht unit integrates all features with the Garmin plotter/
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Great. I have gone for the Garmin just because their customer service has been good in the past. I'll let you know how I get on.
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