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New Type of Class B+ AIS Transponders at METS 2018

The UK based company Digital Yacht will introduce a new range of Class B+ AIS transponders at METS 2018.


Class B+ is a new AIS standard. This is performance similar to Class A transponder but for non mandated users. This new standard is ideal for ocean sailors requiring the best possible performance and future proof satellite tracking applications, fast power boats and smaller non-mandated commercial vessels. It still inter-operates with existing Class A and Class B systems.

  • It utilises SOTDMA format transmissions which offer a 5W power output (2.5x more powerful than a regular Class B)
  • A guaranteed time slot for transmission in busy traffic areas
  • Faster update rates depending upon the speed of the vessel

There are two models. The AIT2500 is priced at £575/€745 and the AIT5000 at £875/€1050, which has a patented ZeroLoss VHF-AIS antenna splitter allowing the main VHF antenna to be shared with VHF and AIS.

Both models incorporate:

  • Full function transponder with NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 and USB data outputs
  • A wireless interface for connecting to iPads and tablets
  • AIS SART alarm which is great for use with personal AIS MOB devices
  • Compatible with the Digital Yacht iAIS app which is Navionics enabled too, allowing AIS targets to be overlaid onto the popular Navionics iPhone and iPad charting

For more information go to www.digitalyacht.co.uk or www.digitalyacht.eu.com


Panoptix LiveScope …Down and Forward Sonar

Garmin have released their new Panoptix LiveScope. This is the most amazing sonar technology ever. This is a downward and forward scanning sonar. You can actually see easy-to-interpret live scanning sonar images of fish swimming under the boat.

The Panoptix LiveScope scanning sonar system includes a compact GLS 10 sonar black box with LVS32 transducer and retails for around £1,800


Preventing electrical failures…

How many of you have these terminal block connectors on board ?..

How many times have I seen so called professional marine electricians using this type of terminal block….Pitiful isn’t it !

There are so many type of electrical connector – all claiming to be for marine use ….


The ML-XT Sealed Connection System by Molex claims to be the best sealed system in the market today, preventing electrical failures in critical wiring applications. Premium grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material ensures the ML-XT connector system meets

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Power Line Instruction (PLI)

Lumitec is a product development company focused on the conceptualization, development, and manufacture of extreme environment LED lighting. Their research and development facility located in Delray Beach, Florida has come up with an innovative, proprietary communication protocol called Power Line Instruction (PLI).

Power Line Instruction (PLI) is used to send control/configuration instructions to Lumitec luminaires over the standard power wires.

These instructions control the luminaire’s inherent behaviour. The protocol is executed over the basic 2-wire Powerline connections to the luminaire.

Behaviours such as brightness, color, color mixing, flashing sequences are some examples of control instructions. Luminaires can

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Digital Yacht 4G Connect delivers fast 4G/LTE internet access afloat


Digital Yacht will launch their new 4G Connect 2G/3G/4G (LTE) internet access solution at METS 2017. 

Digital Yacht's 4G Connect Pro system ships with 2 external antennas for exceptionally fast LTE access

It appeals to any boat or ship looking for extended and fast 4G internet coverage afloat.

IDigital Yacht's 4G Connect Pro system ships with 2 external antennas for exceptionally fast LTE access utilises the latest MIMO technology with dual antennas for fast, long range access and incorporates a full function wifi router so multiple devices can connect

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