Originally Posted by TurboTim
Other then commercial
traffic. Does anyone else use AIS
. Thinking about getting a Vesper WatchMate Vision for some after hours sailing.
We sail Lake Ontario
mostly between Toronto and 1000 Islands.
We installed a Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF
with built in GPS
receiver this year.
We can see all commercial
traffic within 20 miles, course, speed, and vessel name.
Without it, it is so hard to tell what speed and direction the big boys are going day or night.
After one hazy summer day cruise
, my son, following our boat in his own boat, indicated he would have been interested to get closer to a freighter we approached but was afraid we may get run over.
I giggled when I told him the freighter (cement) was anchored. (After I read their speed was zero, I checked with binocs and sure enough could see the anchor rode
He was in total disbelief, and thought it was moving quite quickly.
At night it is even more difficult, and those lake freighters (under way, giggle giggle) are moving dang fast (20 knots+).
We also receive data from a number of private yachts.
Enroute from Port of Newcastle to 1000 Islands this year (south of Prince Edward County) it was not unusual to have 4 targets on screen
AIS is quite new.
Currently, all commercial vessels are required to transmit.
As time goes on and it becomes more mainstream, more and more rec vessels will be transmitting.
I feel it is worth it NOW to see the commercial traffic alone. It will only become greater and greater value in the future.
In the case of VHFs, a standard unit is ~$200, one with built-in GPS
is ~$300, and one with built in GPS and AIS is just a little over $400. To me, for the minimal cost, if one is going to update a VHF
, it doesn't make sense not to get built-in GPS and AIS receiver.
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