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Old 20-06-2011, 08:03   #31
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Re: Sailing at night

in the usa, the uscg is waaay tooo busy regulating holding tanks to worry about a lil thing like ais on a fishing vessel..LOL
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Zee, that is another category of boats without AIS: Coast Guard and military. We saw one navy vessel with AIS turned on but it was conducting life fire tests off of Florida and had an interest in being seen. The DR patrol boats near the Mona Passage were AIS-free, as are USCG vessels and "coalition" navy ships.
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Old 20-06-2011, 08:52   #33
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KNEW they only wanted to shoot our noncompliant toilets out of the water..LOL
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Re: Sailing at night

Most of the military vessels we've come across don't have AIS transmissions but not many of them appear on a radar screen either................

I was not aware AIS was mandatory in the EU for 45 footers - but it is valuable especially in busy lanes - so worth getting anyway.

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Re: Sailing at night

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I was not aware AIS was mandatory in the EU for 45 footers - but it is valuable especially in busy lanes - so worth getting anyway.
My mistake, pleasre craft excluded. AIS - New Rules in Europe
Obligitory for fishing boats over 15 meters.

navy ships are not a problem because they do actually have people on watch!
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It is certainly widely used around the UK coast by fishing boats and coasters. Have a French pal who fitted an AIS last year prior to hopping up to cruise around the UK - and he found it absoluterly invaluable both day and night.
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