I have the West Marine
AIS1000 unit and like it very much. Would rate it 5-stars. It not only feeds my laptop
(running Coastal Explorer) with AIS, it also provide the GPS feed all in the one connection.
The AIS1000 unit is on the same circuit with my nav instruments so it's on when underway, even if the laptop
isn't connected so I'm still broadcasting (unless I put it into stealth mode). If you have a laptop aboard there's lots of software
to run it. I use a netbook -- only cost about $300+ and uses less than half the power of the full laptop (full laptop has a bigger screen
, faster processor, DVD