I have one and if I had to to do it again, I would buy from an established marine
provider. I'm thinking of replacing it by adding the Vesper AIS
transponder XB-8000 with wifi
A couple reasons.
I'm thinking about an AIS
transponder and the Vesper would simplify my installation
. Instead of feeding AIS and NMEA 0183 (gps, depth
, wind) into the vYacht, I would just run the NMEA data into the transponder. Less gadgets, connections.
After a couple of years, mine stopped working and would drop the wifi
connection. After rewiring, resetting, reflashing,.... I got it to work
again. I believe the problem was either a loose set board or slight corrosion
on the contacts. Keep in mind, vYacht is based on a Carambola embedded wifi/router board (similar to Rasberry Pi) with the input boards plugged into main board. Certainly not long-term marine
I too was interested in the Signal-K feature. However, it turns out that this is only available on the current
model and there's no plans for or support for this on the earlier model. I don't know whether this is a hardware
limitation or lack of interest. My inquires have not been answered.
As mentioned on other posts
, support is hit-or-miss. I believe this is a hobby project
, without a dedicates support team.
As far as functionality, vyacht works as described. For the price
, it is a consideration; however, I wouldn't rely on it for main wifi integration.
Good luck - let us know what you decide,