March 16, 2018
Jump back in time ten years; AIS receivers are commonplace on leisure boats but transponders are only found on commercial vessels and offshore racing yachts. Skip forward to the present day and, well, see for yourself;
On average, Berthon installs an AIS transponder every month. Whilst it is not a replacement for radar, it is certainly used far more frequently. Stand-alone units are still available, however, integrated systems are much more popular. Installation involves fitting a transponder, with its own power supply and mounting the transponders dedicated GPS receiver. Either an additional antenna or more commonly, a splitter is also required and finally, a link to a chart plotter via NMEA2000 or 0183. Once all is connected the unit will need to be programmed with the vessel name, MMSI number, call sign, length and type.