Comar Systems’ affordable AIS receivers.
AIS-2-2000 is a receive-only black box with a modest list price of $439. There’s stiff competition amongst receive-only units at this price point, but few of them share the AIS-2-2000’s ability to output data in the NMEA 2000 format, rather than the more common NMEA 0183. That rather geeky-sounding distinction means that it is much easier to get power in and data out of the AIS-2-2000 on any of the growing number of boats that have an NMEA 2000 network, since it carries power to and data from the component on a single cable.
This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.