Its always good to have a few weeks at boat shows and listen to customer questions. Differences between models always crop up as Digital Yacht have a big selection of Class B AIS transponders on offer. We hope this document helps you decide which is best for your installation. All units share a common technology platform so will give excellent performance and importantly have future proof SatTrak technology built in.
All AIS transponders require their own dedicate internal GPS (you can’t use a NMEA feed from an existing GPS). The AIT1500 series has a super sensitive internal antenna which cuts down on the need for another external antenna. It will work well even below decks on GRP vessels but steel or wood will attenuate the signal too much. The AIT1500 series is therefore great for RIBs, Center Consoles and GRP sail boats. With many larger sail boats now fitting multi function displays in the cockpit, it can be unobtrusively installed in a location adjacent to the MFD and the same for flybridge motor boats.
The AIT1500 comes in two versions – one for NMEA 0183 based systems and one for NMEA 2000 systems. The later is also self powered from the NMEA 2000 bus so installation really is plug ‘n play. Both models have a USB interface for PC & MAC for programming and PC plotting.
Has dual NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 interfaces plus USB and ships with a dedicated external GPS antenna. Its a great solution for wooden and steel vessels that require an external GPS antenna
Appropriately called “Nucleus” as it forms a hub in any marine electronics system. It features our patented ZeroLoss VHF antenna splitter technology so the main VHF antenna can be shared with VHF and AIS which means no need for another VHF antenna and sophisticated connectivity including not just NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 but also WiFi for iPad and tablet interfacing. Up to 7 wifi connected devices can be attached and neat NMEA interfacing allows instrument, AIS and GPS data to be used by hundreds of compatible apps. There’s also a FM radio antenna outlet.
Here’s a 5 minute guide on Youtube and of course we’re standing by on email and phone to answer any queries. Digital Yacht – for your biggest and best choice in Class B AIS.