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Old 02-08-2016, 07:35 AM
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This past season was my first season using my iPad (wifi only) as my main GPS for navigating. To be honest it worked beautifully and the only compliant I have which should be fixed now was when I plugged in the iPad and had the brightness up the iPad would drain faster then it could re-charge when plugged in. I have since then went with a DC 10 amp charger instead of the USB charging receptacle which only provided 2.1 amps. Hoping this fixes it. I am running a Bad Elf GPS chip with the Navionics app and have the sonar portion of Navionics as well.

Anyhow, I would like to be able to download a AIS app and run AIS locator while offshore as well. Everything I have read to this point states you need wifi/internet and an AIS receiver. Are there any apps that can work off satellite or any AIS apps that will work with the iPad that do not need an internet/wifi connection? Any apps that you do not need internet/wifi or an AIS receiver? Trying to get as much utility out of the iPad as possible while spending the least amount of money.

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Old 02-08-2016, 07:45 AM
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interesting idea.

AIS transmissions are VHF, what you are seeing on an app or www site has been received by a shore station or satellite and then ported to the internet.

Seeing AIS data on your ipad without internet would require a VHF receiver.

Which then makes me wonder - is there an NMEA 2000 adapter for iPad ?

something to google for....
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:49 AM
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bingo! - not even one boat buck:

http://www.digitalyachtamerica.com/i...-iais-receiver
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:04 AM
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Fw - Thanks a ton. Although $550 is a hair expensive it is way cheaper then the other alternatives I have seen. I will be researching this further and pending what I find out may be buying one and will update how it goes.

Thanks Again.

If anyone has a "Digital Yacht iAIS receiver" feel free to add your thoughts.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:18 AM
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I went on Digital Yachts site they have some pretty neat stuff.

Anyone using their DTV100 Marine TV Antenna. Wondering how well it works when 50 miles offshore.

Edit: looks to work around 10-12 miles off the inlet I fish.

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I use the Vesper Marine 'Watchmate Vision'. Granted it is expensive, but has everything you could possibly want; wi-fi connectivity, a touch screen, NMEA 2K, high quality transponder, and it looks really cool in the overhead console on the bridge. I am total "screen" nut, so I bought the 'Vision' model, probably the 'XB-6000' would be just as good, as it has NMEA 2K etc. plus wi-fi, so compatible with a tablet.
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:57 AM
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Contacted Digital Yacht and they stated the Navionics app itself doesn't support AIS.

However the iNavX app does support it which can use Navionics charts or Digital Yacht has their own app which is NavLink US which will support the iAIS receiver.
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http://www.marinetraffic.com/
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^ Joe - Looking for something that will work when I am 50-60 miles offshore and on the boat.
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Take a look at this link, I think you will like it
Article on Wireless AIS solutions for tablets.

http://www.milltechmarine.com/Wirele...lets_b_13.html

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Originally Posted by jfwireless View Post
Take a look at this link, I think you will like it
Article on Wireless AIS solutions for tablets.

http://www.milltechmarine.com/Wirele...lets_b_13.html

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That is exactly the review I was looking for thanks a ton.
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Check out dAISy. It's only about $70 or so.. Not exactly sure how you would get the data into the ipad though.... hmmm... You might have to run the dAISy to a laptop (or Raspberry Pi, or Arduino, or other logic board), then use the laptop to broadcast a wifi signal for the iPad to hook up to to get the data. You don't necessarily need internet, you just need a means of getting the data from the receiver to the iPad, wifi is one of those ways.

I'm implementing dAISy into the 'boat brain' I am building right now for our boat. I'm running the dAISy into our network via NMEA 0183 so the garmin has access to the AIS data. I will also have access to the AIS data on our 'boat brain' for applications like OpenCPN or any of the other programs. My end goal is to get everything running on the NMEA 2k network instead of the NMEA 0183

Here are a few links to dAISy
**I am not affiliated in any way with dAISy, just using it on my current project.

https://www.tindie.com/products/astu...-ais-receiver/
https://github.com/astuder/dAISy
http://opencpn.org/ocpn/node/176
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