Garmin AIS, what I know so far

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

7 Responses

  1. Pascal says:

    Thank You very much Ben, I was thinking that the initial support would be somewaht basic off course, but seems that it is totally basic; like you said, I hoppe that it will evolve asap to a function at least useable, and later, in subsequent softwares updates, it could reach to a level compatible with others AIS softwares in the market. I hoppe too that Garmin will undertand that AIS is a need of all mariner users, and a new fantastic technology, and introduce the same AIS support in all the 276/376/378/478 portable family as well. In the interim, I am buying a SR161 receiver to use AIS in my laptop with SeaClear and Ozi, thing that I previously had not think to do.

  2. Pascal says:

    Ben, I think this now: pheraps the unit you have tested could not be in the latest softare version? Since this pag do not agree with the mannual, it could be that?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m hearing third hand that I may be mistaken about the Garmin’s ability to hear/display AIS “static data”, like Ship Name. That’s quite possible as this was a very limited test…only one target, in fact! My overall point is that Garmin definitely plans AIS support, but it’s not nearly done yet. I’m sure it will be much more complete soon.

  4. Pascal says:

    Have just give a fast reading on Chapter 11 f “C-Series Display Reference Guide” and I am very impressed with the complete AIS support on this unit with the 3.16 software update. See the new mannuals at:
    I just hoppe that Garmin makes something similar to this, and put it on the portable series including my 276C..

  5. Anonymous says:

    I gave a look again today at Garmin Website: they have deleted all AIS reference ind the descriptions of softwares updates for all models and from the downloadable units manuals.
    What could be the reason for this?

  6. lance says:

    Does the Garmin 3210 have a scroll feature, as the boat travels does the depth chart move?

  7. Gene says:

    I have a 3210 that I just connected with a Standard Horizon 2500 VHF that outputs AIS data. I have the targets showing on the 3210 but I too have lost the AIS subtab. I called Garmin and they are stumped. Did you figure this out?

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