Hooking up AIS - Part 2
New Chart Plotter
|I mounted the new chart plotter at a angle from the navigation pod |
so that it is easily viewed head on from the helm.
Better Cartography for Our Trip
The new chart plotter uses wide maps that are stored on a MicroSD card--it is tiny! Our new chart plotter has two slots for MicroSD cards. I exchanged the C-map chart bundle that came with the plotter for more detailed C-Map charts of the east coast and EXPLORER (the gold standard) data for the Bahamas (NA 022). The chart upgrade cost about $150 but this upgrade was not possible with our old chart plotter.
C-Map's electronic chart NA-022 includes all of the east
coast data as well as EXPLORER data for the Bahamas.
Interface with iPad
|With our new chart plotter, AIS capability required only one simple cable |
from our ICOM AIS receiver to the NMEA 0183 port on the chart plotter.
This is an AIS image of an area around our current marina in eastern Baltimore Harbor.
The triangular shapes in the middle of this image are the AIS targets.
Again, I want to acknowledge the help of Fred Street, marine electronics guru. This project could not have been completed without his help!
Addendum - June 12
The "own boat" icon was more like a battleship than a sailboat when I first used the chart plotter. It took a while but I finally figured out that I could follow Home > Chart > Menu > Presentation > Overlays > Boat size > Small.
Also, I couldn't setup the chart plotter to "course up" orientation (which I use mostly when cruising) until I figured out the the chart sync had to be turned off in order for this orientation to work. To turn it off I proceeded to Menu > Presentation > View & Motion > Chart Sync > Off.
Thanks to Google and the Raymarine forum!