I was contemplating getting an AIS setup for the ipad (digital yacht) and by chance came across this app - Marine Traffic.
It looks amazing - ais info passed on from elsewhere rather than received on your own boat and there are caveats about "info only, not to be used for safety, may not be current". But it seems that the info is just minutes old. Shows photos of ships, tracks , amazing amount of info. I was looking at N Italy as that's where we will be.
It costs $3.99! Of course you need internet access but I'm also researching an Italian sim. And we are coast hopping - my Blackberry always seems to get access.
What do peeps think about this?