Originally Posted by Kache Walk
I have to replace my VHF
. I think it is original to my 25 year old boat. I will be doing coastal cruising on the East Coast
- Chesapeake Bay
and North, but I single-hand. Practical Sailor reviewed both high-end and mid range radios and the Standard Horizons come out rated well. Does this sound like a situation where I should pay the extra $125 to have AIS on top of the DSC
KW, I only glanced at the first page of responses, so maybe others have covered stuff...
But I can say having some AIS capability on the Chesapeake (we're just up the road from you) is useful... but not necessary.
Useful, if you can ident some of the commercial shipping
, talk to them (hailing them by name) if you need to about safe passing, etc. Interesting, in that you can see names of commercial
and pleasure craft, etc.
But unless you also have AIS transmit capability, they can't "see" you on their AIS receiver, can't hail you by name, etc. (They may see you on their radar
, but not know your name.)
The additional GPS
that comes with an AIS transceiver... doesn't necessarily add anything to the GPS
you already have (assuming you already have one) unless you're transmitting.
Feel free to PM me for more discussion...