I previously owned a Raymarine Classic electronics
package, which included a MOB
ensemble of personal units to set off an alarm
(and make an icon appear on the display) should any crewmember get more than one boat
length away from the mothership. I recently upgraded to an all-B&G system, and am waiting for the U.S. FCC to approve the use of personal AIS
units which will display a MOB
icon to any ships in the immediate area. Seems like the best option so far, as the autopilot
can then steer for the person rather than where they fell in the water
My question is...does anyone know what the status of this approval is? I assume they will have to do something with the MMSI to identify the beacon as a separate source from the mothership.
Do any of you "furriners" currently use AIS
SART units? What is your opinion of them? Is there a test function that would allow us to practice with them without calling out the cavalry?