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  1. #1
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    Default Adding AIS to Raymarine

    Hi, I recently bought a new (to me) boat that came fitted with a fairly recent Raymarine A95 MFD Chartplotter and Raymarine autopilot. There is also an earlier model vhf Raymarine Ray 54E.
    I am considering adding AIS this year. Whatís the most cost effective way to add either a receiver or transponder?
    Iím considering upgrading the vhf as the one on the boat is not mounted well, there is a bad rattle in the fist mic and I would like to flush mount it.
    Is my best option to add a newer vhf with built in radio?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    I am not a technical person however you might look at Digital Yacht as a starter. My first AIS transponder was via this firm and found helpful. Clearly budget plays a part here but you might want to look at Raymarine offerings for any upgrades . You don't say where you are but Raymarine sometimes offer day courses at their HQ on use of radar and chartplotters which might be of interest before you invest.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    I will be upgrading to a transponder set up this year and will have a Raymarine 350 ais and Comar splitter both 2014 if you are interested.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    To Start

    I went the 350 route with an A65, perfect and easy connection, no fuss and just what I needed. Friends with AIS on tneir VHF radios manage very well also.

    Then yesterday I added my 350 to eBay as I have upgraded to 650 as races this season require transmit as well as receive.

    Helicopters show a very cute moving symbol across your screen, the rest is very useful, but always surprising how many moving boats are at anchor!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    Digital yacht works fine using NMEA

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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobc View Post
    Digital yacht works fine using NMEA
    Which one? They all use NMEA there are two 0183 and 2000

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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    I fitted the ais 650 transponder myself . It was not difficult with treading the cables for the antennas being the tricky bit.
    The Raymarine ais unit came with its own gps antenna.
    I have fitted a separate antenna for transmission/reception as this was less cost than a splitter.
    The ais is connected to the MFD using the seatalkng network which was already in place on my boat.

    A friend fitted a cheaper ais unit which was an equally easy fit.

    For a yacht a splitter makes more sense - if the antenna is on top of a mast.

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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    I fitted a Vespermarine XB8000 transponder that, of course, has its own GPS. It has NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 (for VHF) and WiFi as well as USB to connect to the boat computer. It is a mini-router and sends all received NMEA 0183 data out on WiFi for tablets, phones, iPad etc

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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    Quote Originally Posted by knuterikt View Post
    Which one? They all use NMEA there are two 0183 and 2000
    Either will work with the A95.

    I use an older unit with 0183

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    Default Re: Adding AIS to Raymarine

    If it's a transponder, i would recommend the em-trak B100. It has NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 and USB ports. It will act as a multiplexor between the ports, has its own GPS, is easy to configure and works very well. In my opinion, this is the best value for money transponder on the market.
    Rainbow Marine.
    www.rainbowmarine.co.uk

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