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Old 22-04-2021, 13:56   #1
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New AIS

I am getting tired of my Navico nais 300. I donít have a cable or a software to configure it and it sometimes behaves weird. I have been looking to buy something new. My priorities would be:

1. Easy replacement. Preferably plug & play. Remove the navico and plug in the new unit. I have power, vhf and nmea2000.
2. Easy config preferably via app on the phone
3. Compatible with lowrance, raymarine plotters instruments vhf and autopilots

Been looking at the Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS . Is it the way to go? I see all the fancy stuff but I doubt that Iíll sit on the phone looking at COG when out sailing. I do like the anchor watch thing. Now I use iPhone apps that drain my phone battery. Can the vesper notify me over internet remote to my phone? That would be awesome

Any other devices I should look for?
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Old 22-04-2021, 14:50   #2
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Re: New AIS

I have 2 Vesper products, an Xb8000 and a SP160 splitter. The splitter died a year or two out of warranty and I had to open it up and fix myself. Now the XB has no wifi or connectivity on the USB, I can't control it at all. Out of warranty also, Vesper solution? Buy new or send to New Zealand for charged repair and shipping.

Just saying.....2 products-2 issues.
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Old 22-04-2021, 19:48   #3
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If you are buying new you should look at newer 5watt SOTDMA units, instead of older 2 watt ones.
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Thanks for the replies. Sounds bad with 2 out 2 units broken
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I have a xb8000 over 4 years with antenna splitter and all works flawlessly. The wifi AP and n2k are great. The after sales support was great.
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I have a xb8000 over 4 years with antenna splitter and all works flawlessly. The wifi AP and n2k are great. The after sales support was great.


Is the anchor alarm working remote via internet? How do you use the WiFi AP? Do you connect it to a 4G router or something to get it online?
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The xb serves either as a host to its own LAN or connects to the ship local lan via wifi. If your ship Network is connected to the internet you can creat a vpn and see the alerts. I do not think that the xb have native capability of connecting via WAN but i have never tested it.
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I have a Vesper and love it. Connected it to my N2K network and it immediately sent data to the Garmin plotter, so completely plug and play.
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Iíve had an XB6000 with the Vesper splitter for five years without any issues, and l have also installed an XB8000 on a friends boat, also without issue. Sorry to hear you had those problems.
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Have installed Vesper XB 8000 and their SP 160 splitter on my last two cats. Am sitting on anchor now with their Watchmate app on for anchor watch. Absolutely happy with their products. Wouldn't use anybody else. And read reviews because there are a lot of crap other systems out there.
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Re: New AIS

I have had the XB with WiFi and a Vesper splitter on my boat for 6-7 years. Works fine. I have also recommended them to several owners and they have not called me screaming.

I am nit a fan of their new all-in-one device, but the XB is good.


Not sold on the need for the 5 watt ones. Sailboats are not fast, so the 2-watt range seems to work
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