I know what you mean, its fascinating watching the ships I know wandering about the country.
The various NLB ships, ferries and other small cargo vessels that I see around the Clyde and Forth of Lorne, its fascinating watching where they are off to when they leave here.
Other things as well like the new type 45 HMS Daring, she has been wandering up and down the Clyde for the alst few days. I wonder what she is up to, trials?
On another tack for the Channel and since I decided not to fit radar after all, mainly because of the expense and hassle of fitting it on such a small craft, is there such a thing yet as waterproof AIS suitable for a RIB at a reasonable cost? Something like the NASA one but that doesn't leak?