Category: AIS

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Navionics Boating app AIS feature, great idea but…

Well, dang, I was steeled up to write an unusually negative entry about the AIS feature that Navionics recently added to its Boating app, but then I learned that they’re already planning virtually all the improvements that I intended to vigorously champion. So, if you too are having trouble making the WiFi connection work — or if you too are disappointed with the target display — don’t worry…

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Flir thermal cameras get Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality

Raymarine’s ClearCruise AR (augmented reality) is very cool technology and it’s getting even cooler with support for pan and tilt thermal cameras. Clear Cruise AR overlays information about chart objects, AIS targets, and waypoints over a camera image displayed on Raymarine MFDs. Though the first version — unveiled at IBEX in the fall of 2018 — only supported fixed visible light cameras, I’ve thought its greatest value would come when overlayed on thermal images.

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Announcing the Simrad RS40-B, The First VHF Radio with AIS Transmit/Receive Capability

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the new Simrad RS40-B, the first VHF marine radio with AIS transmit and receive capability. Featuring a sleek design with wireless handset capability, removable fist microphone, Class D DSC functionality, built-in GPS and a Class B AIS Transceiver, the Simrad RS40-B takes VHF marine performance to another level…

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Furuno Brings All-New Features To Market With The Introduction Of FAR22X8BB Series Radar

With more than 60,000 installations on vessels ranging from tugboats to aircraft carriers, Furuno’s FAR21X7 Series Radar has been one of the most popular commercial Radar models on the water since its release in 2004… This year, the venerable FAR21X7 series will be ceasing production, making room for a new generation of Furuno Radars to step into the role. To this end, Furuno is proud to introduce its next-generation series of IMO-compliant Radars, the all-new FAR22X8BB… available in 12kW or 25kW X-Band, 30kW S-Band, or 250W Solid State S-Band configurations…

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ACR Electronics Introduces AISLink CB2 Class B AIS Transponder for Increased Visibility

ACR Electronics, Inc., leading manufacturer of life-saving distress beacons and survival equipment, has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of the AISLink CB2 Class B AIS Transponder. Ideal for yachts, sail and powerboats, fishing and light commercial vessels, the new Class B device significantly enhances navigational safety for boat owners, increasing visibility and aiding collision-avoidance…

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Raymarine Ray90, a full featured black box VHF radio with wireless handsets and Bluetooth audio

I believe that VHF radios from the big four MFD manufacturers are primarily offered so that boat builders and customers can put a single brand of electronics at the helm, and thus my normal advice is to consider VHF radios (and AIS transponders) from specialist manufacturers who may offer fuller-featured, better-performing equipment.  Testing the new Raymarine Ray90 makes me reconsider that recommendation…

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FLIR Launches Next Generation Raymarine VHF Radios

FLIR is excited to announce the launch of its next-generation Raymarine VHF radios. The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC). Each new VHF model is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for…

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Vesper SmartAIS MOB simulation, a little known & nifty test tool

I often use and deeply appreciate the bundle of clever features that Vesper Marine calls SmartAIS, but darned if I didn’t miss one. While the WatchMate app screen above shows some aspects of the Vesper collision avoidance intelligence that makes this my favorite real-world AIS plotting tool (among many choices), it is actually a built-in simulation with significant benefits…