AIS FOR NO­MADS

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Want AIS, but not the has­sle and ex­pense of in­stalling a transpon­der and its as­so­ci­ated para­pher­na­lia? The fully portable Nomad from Dig­i­tal Yacht could be the an­swer. It com­bines Class B AIS and GPS func­tion­al­ity with the abil­ity to con­nect via WiFi or AIS to up to 7 smart­phones, tablets or lap­tops, where it will pro­vide an AIS over­lay on your nav­i­ga­tion charts. It works with a num­ber of iOS and An­droid apps and comes with a ded­i­cated an­tenna with a suc­tion-cup mount—for more range, you can hook it up to the boat’s main VHF an­tenna via a split­ter. Note that if you don’t have an MMSI num­ber, the unit will act as a re­ceiver. $659. Dig­i­tal Yacht, dig­i­taly­ach­tamer­ica.com

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