Hi all, thanks for the replies.
I thought I'd pass on what I finally learned about all of this.
First, Offshore Navigator doesn't support AIS and there is no plans to support it. I can upgrade to their other software
, Chart Navigator PLUS, for the low low price
of $449. But wait, since I own Offshore Navigator, I get an upgrade price
Sorry, but I see nothing in the new software, other than AIS, that would encourage me to spend that kind of money
. My current
software works just fine.
Having said that, while searching for another alternative, I stumbled across this: TIKI Navigator
It does everything my Offshore Navigator software does, plus supports AIS, plus a few other bells and whistles. Cost is $179 for a licence, and you can try the software for free prior to buying
it. I'm quite impressed with it, and I am planning on buying
I also picked up this: Welcome to StandardHorizon.com
Standard Horizon GX2100
It's a VHF radio that supports all the usual new features like DSC
etc, but also has a built-in AIS receiver. It won't act as a transmitter (though you can patch a send/receive unit to it if you want) but it does have built-in AIS, which I can export to Tiki. $350
Not selling anything, but this semi-cheap package will work nicely for my boat. If I were cruising around the world, I'd upgrade a little higher and probably pick up a complete 12" chartplotter
with AIS and radar
overlay, but as a current
weekend boater, I just don't need all that. And for the dollars, I think this will do nicely.
Just thought I'd pass this info on.