I'm using the SR 162 dual channel AIS receiver, purchased from milltech marine
, it talks to the Coastal Explorer software
running on the dell laptop
down below. The system has worked very well for the past year.
Products from Milltech Marine
Downsides: to use the AIS means the computer needs to be up, therefore theAIS data is not available should the computer fail, the alarm
sounding from the computer is not loud.
Upsides: very useful for determining heading/speed of shipping
, which I find quite helpful when operating offshoure along the California
An alternative that many of the folks in the Singlehanded Sailing Society have used is the NASA stand-alone AIS receiver/display. With its own display is doesn't require the laptop, and the alarm
is quite loud relative to the laptop.
allGadgets: Product: 'NASA Clipper AIS 'Radar''