Originally Posted by MooGroc
If one has a transceiver like the XB-8000, does it make sense to purchase
a VHF that can display AIS (even though it doesn't have its own AIS receiver)? I believe the some versions of the iCOM
506 can do this. Or, is it cheaper and easier just to use the chartplotter
to display AIS?
I think it makes sense to get a VHF that includes AIS display capability. Since I already have a Class-B transponder, I got a Standard Horizon Matrix GX2000 which does not include a receiver. The AIS display and functions are primitive, but when I am at sea this lets me turn off the chartplotter
to save power, and still have a usable AIS display / alarm
on the VHF (both at the navstation, and at the helm
with the remote
I would not want to have top depend on the VHF AIS display in close-quarters situations, but that's when I turn on the chartplotter.
I would check the specs on the VHF you consider. It may be possible to disable an internal AIS receiver and instead use the output of your transponder. I don't know, but that seems like a reasonable feature to design in.