I am from Digital Yacht so have plenty of experience
, but hopefully other happy owners of our iAIS will chime in with some "unbiased" feedback !!
To answer some of your concerns though, I can confirm that our iAIS has one of the best dual channel AIS receivers of any AIS manufacturer and comes with NMEA0183, USB and Wi-Fi interfaces, so can connect to pretty much any AIS compatible display or App on the market today.
The Wi-Fi interface can support 7 devices connected to it and provide all of the received AIS data to each of the devices at the same time - so your friends and family
can also use our free iAIS app on their iPhones/iPads without affecting what you are doing.
If you connect the NMEA0183 output from your boat's GPS
or Instrument system to the NMEA
input on the iAIS, it will also combine (multiplex) all of this data with its own AIS data so that you have one Wi-Fi link with all of the boat's data on.
It will not work with the Navionics
App, as Navionics have not enabled their App to read external AIS data yet, BUT it will work with a number of other Apps including iNavX
which uses Navionics Charts
. For a full list of Apps that can receive wireless NMEA
data from our iAIS, please have a look at this article on our blog...