Thanks for both of your replies. I definitely agree with you 100%. I think that overlay is an awesome feature. Not only because it is critical safety
info, but also because over charts
it's so much easier to get a feel for where you are in regard to the potentially dangerous situation. If was up to my wife, this would be the only option, but I guess I am wondering if there are any other situations where a dedicated display like the AI50 or the Vesper WatchMate would be worthwhile. Even if I do a dedicated display, I will definitely make sure I have an NMEA
feed to my NSE so I can overlay. The only downside to overlay that I have read about is screen
clutter with navaids, depth
soundings and other charting features, which is why I considered a standalone radar-like AIS display. Have you ever felt the screen is too clutter to focus on the hazards?
Also, do you think it is worth me buying
a transponder. I like the idea of transmitting my position to bigger ships, but I am not convinced in the busier areas my family
and I cruise
in it will mean much to them?
Has anyone used the AI50?