Richard Piller <richard03801@...>
Mark, we agree with Eric. We have a NASA unit with screen at the Nav station and use it the same way... When we are in the shipping lanes we can see shipping even when in a rain or wind storm and the radar has lots of clutter...
Richard and Joan at Simpson Bay SM 209
eric <email@example.com> wrote:
I would order the "radar unit "from Nasa. Otherwise I would order the black
box from NASA. It is so cheap.
The black box comes with computer software.
Before I was hit by lightning I used the "radar unit "and it was amazing.
Now that I have the new Raymarine E series
I get the Ais info on the Raymarine screen it is doubly amazing. I do not
see the need of ais at the helm. You will see the ship on radar and then use
the Ais to figure out your tactics. I have received Ais signals on my chart
plotter since it is rectangular at over 80 miles.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Mark Pitt
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] greeting and question about AIS
Thanks for the quick reply. I do have Raymarine
chartplotters but they are an RL80C at the nav station
and an RC530 repeater at the helm. That was state-of-the-art
in October 2003. As far as I can tell, these are not Raymarine
series C or E, and thus will not take AIS input. If I am wrong,
please let me know since then I will get a blackbox receiver.
If these Raymarine units will not display AIS, the issue is how else to
display AIS output?
There is a NASA unit with a small monochrome display, but
I am not sure where to add another display at the helm. The SeaCas unit
connects to a
laptop via usb (in fact, usb powers the SeaCas receiver so one does not
have to wire it to the boat's power supply). I was thinking of just
mounting my laptop securely on the nav table and using it as the AIS
display -- with full color and large font lettering. I already have
navigation software that support AIS input.
S/V Sabbatical III
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