I have an old but very functional system, comprising Raymarine
ST60, ST7000 autopilot
and RL80C chart plotter mounted at the helm
is an old Icom
. I have bought a Standard Horizon DSC
hand-held as a backup and for use in the dingy last year.
As I plan/have to! sail mainly single
handed, I want to add an AIS
transponder and later add a fixed DSC radio
as an upgrade.
I have bought a Vester XB-8000 transponder plus splitter and plan to link this to an ipad
in a waterproof housing mounted in the shelter of the windscreen so that I can shelter from weather
and still view a screen
. Teh Ipad
with run Vesopers AIS
app and Navionics
This seemed a prctical way of makign a positive step/upgrade given the lack of compatability of the Raymarine
chart plotter. With the XB-8000 having NMEA2000, I hope this to be future proof and that it can later be connected to a new VHF
and new plotter.
This forum suggested Vesper to be a good choice, so I am hoping I am going in the right direction.
I welcome any ideas/comments. What have I missed?