charters a 40 boat each year for a week vacation
. It was for this reason and off season trip planning that I started playing/using first SeaClear and now Opencpn
. Last year we had lots of bad weather
and I used Opencpn
exclusively from the lower helm
and it was great. The boat had chart plotters at both stations but the one at the lower helm
was grey scale and difficult to use.
This is the perfect use for pc chart plotting, when your on a boat with strange to you electronics
. On our own boat we have a color Navman and I love it because I know it.
This year we are chartering the same boat and I would like to add AIS
to the mix for low vis times. Since its not my boat, it needs to be portable. I am not too concerned with range and although I am mechanically inclined I don't know much about radio
. My first thought was to buy one of the many USB equipped receivers and then try to match it with a small portable antenna
Now I am looking at purchasing
one of these Digital Yacht Uais units:
Digital Yacht uAIS Smart AIS Antenna w/USB Power/Data
Does anyone have experience with them? I don't want to spend a ton of money
, I would like it to receive its power from the USB and I want it to interface well with Opencpn. Does anyone have a suggestion for me?
Thanks in advance.