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Product image of TRUE HEADING CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antenna
TRUE HEADING CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antenna
€859.00
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€798 28
> 20
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
CTRX-VISION+ SOTDMA AIS Transponder / 5W transmit power / integr. splitter / NMEA2000 / GPS antennaPreview image
Product image of RAYMARINE AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & Splitter
RAYMARINE AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & Splitter
€1,195.00
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€1.134 41
4
AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & SplitterPreview image
AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & SplitterPreview image
AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & SplitterPreview image
AIS Transmitter/Receiver AIS700 with SOTDMA & SplitterPreview image

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Product image of AMEC AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antenna
AMEC AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antenna
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€840 29
11
AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
AIS SOTDMA Transponder B600S / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
Product image of AMEC CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antenna
AMEC CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antenna
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€672 23
> 25
CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108S AIS Transponder / integr. splitter / GPS patch antennaPreview image
Product image of AMEC CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antenna
AMEC CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antenna
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€546 18
15
CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antennaPreview image
CAMINO-108 AIS Transponder / GPS patch antennaPreview image
Product image of DIGITAL YACHT iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi Antenna
DIGITAL YACHT iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi Antenna
€1,040.00
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€924 33
3
iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi AntennaPreview image
iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi AntennaPreview image
iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi AntennaPreview image
iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi AntennaPreview image
iAISTX Plus AIS Transponder with GV30 GPS-AIS Combi AntennaPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K
WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K
€1,049.33
only
€991 55
4
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2KPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2KPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2KPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2KPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2KPreview image

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Product image of WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFi
WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFi
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€1.092 40
5
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFiPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFiPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFiPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFiPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFiPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DAB
WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DAB
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€1.176 43
2
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-IDVBT-DABPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DAB
WEATHERDOCK AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DAB
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€1.310 88
11
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
AIS-Transponder easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WIFI-IDVBT-DABPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFi-LAN Transponder
WEATHERDOCK easyTRX3-IS-IGPS-N2K-WiFi-LAN Transponder
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€1.168 03
3
Product image of NAVICO NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder
NAVICO NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder
€829.00
only
€746 18
2
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-TransponderPreview image
Product image of NAVICO NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 Splitter
NAVICO NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 Splitter
€1,099.00
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€989 87
1
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
NAIS-500 AIS-Transponder / incl. NSPL-500 SplitterPreview image
Product image of ICOM MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS Antenna
ICOM MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS Antenna
€935.19
only
€815 08
10
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
MA-510TR AIS Transponder with Display and GPS AntennaPreview image
Product image of AMEC CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder
AMEC CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder
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€2.705 84
1
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
CAMINO-701 CLASS A AIS Transponder Preview image
Product image of AMEC CYPHO150S AIS Receiver
AMEC CYPHO150S AIS Receiver
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€361 30
3
CYPHO150S AIS ReceiverPreview image
CYPHO150S AIS ReceiverPreview image
Product image of RAYMARINE AIS receiver 350
RAYMARINE AIS receiver 350
€595.00
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€520 97
1
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
AIS receiver 350Preview image
Product image of NASA MARINE Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. Radar
NASA MARINE Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. Radar
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€331 89
3
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image
Receiver + Plotter A.I.S. RadarPreview image

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AIS Accessories

Product image of AMEC GPS Antenna for AIS Transponder
AMEC GPS Antenna for AIS Transponder
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€32 73
27
GPS Antenna for AIS TransponderPreview image
GPS Antenna for AIS TransponderPreview image
GPS Antenna for AIS TransponderPreview image
Product image of  PL Connector for RG58U Cable
PL Connector for RG58U Cable
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€2 48
> 100
PL Connector for RG58U CablePreview image
PL Connector for RG58U CablePreview image
Product image of  PL Connector for RG213 Cable
PL Connector for RG213 Cable
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€3 11
> 100
PL Connector for RG213 CablePreview image
PL Connector for RG213 CablePreview image
Product image of DIGITAL YACHT GV30 AIS-GPS Combination Antenna
DIGITAL YACHT GV30 AIS-GPS Combination Antenna
€151.26
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€138 61
2
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
GV30 AIS-GPS Combination AntennaPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK easyTRX2 - GPS Antenna
WEATHERDOCK easyTRX2 - GPS Antenna
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€98 28
3
easyTRX2 - GPS AntennaPreview image
easyTRX2 - GPS AntennaPreview image
easyTRX2 - GPS AntennaPreview image
easyTRX2 - GPS AntennaPreview image
easyTRX2 - GPS AntennaPreview image
Product image of AMEC GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-Transponders
AMEC GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-Transponders
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€100 80
49
GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-TranspondersPreview image
GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-TranspondersPreview image
GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-TranspondersPreview image
GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-TranspondersPreview image
GA-22 GPS-Antenna for AIS-TranspondersPreview image
Product image of GLOMEX AIS Antenna with Fiberglass Tube RA300 / FME / 1.2 m
GLOMEX AIS Antenna with Fiberglass Tube RA300 / FME / 1.2 m
€57.50
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€47 86
24
AIS Antenna with Fiberglass Tube RA300 / FME / 1.2 m Preview image
AIS Antenna with Fiberglass Tube RA300 / FME / 1.2 m Preview image
AIS Antenna with Fiberglass Tube RA300 / FME / 1.2 m Preview image
Product image of  PL Connector for Lower Deck
PL Connector for Lower Deck
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€2 27
> 100
PL Connector for Lower DeckPreview image
PL Connector for Lower DeckPreview image
Product image of  PL-Angle Connector
PL-Angle Connector
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€4 62
27
PL-Angle ConnectorPreview image
PL-Angle ConnectorPreview image
PL-Angle ConnectorPreview image
Product image of  BNC Adapter, BNC-Socket to PL-(UHF)-Plug
BNC Adapter, BNC-Socket to PL-(UHF)-Plug
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€2 86
12
BNC Adapter, BNC-Socket to PL-(UHF)-PlugPreview image
BNC Adapter, BNC-Socket to PL-(UHF)-PlugPreview image
BNC Adapter, BNC-Socket to PL-(UHF)-PlugPreview image
Product image of  BNC Adapter, BNC-Plug/PL-Socket
BNC Adapter, BNC-Plug/PL-Socket
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€2 48
15
BNC Adapter, BNC-Plug/PL-SocketPreview image
BNC Adapter, BNC-Plug/PL-SocketPreview image
BNC Adapter, BNC-Plug/PL-SocketPreview image
Product image of  BNC Connector for RG58 Cable
BNC Connector for RG58 Cable
only
€2 48
46
BNC Connector for RG58 CablePreview image
BNC Connector for RG58 CablePreview image
Product image of  Adapter for BNC female to SMA male
Adapter for BNC female to SMA male
only
€3 78
7
Product image of  BNC-BNC Connector / straight 2x sockets
BNC-BNC Connector / straight 2x sockets
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€3 32
11
BNC-BNC Connector / straight 2x socketsPreview image
BNC-BNC Connector / straight 2x socketsPreview image
Product image of  BNC-BNC Connector / straight / 2x male
BNC-BNC Connector / straight / 2x male
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€1 60
14
BNC-BNC Connector / straight / 2x malePreview image
BNC-BNC Connector / straight / 2x malePreview image
Product image of  Adapter from TNC female to SMA male.
Adapter from TNC female to SMA male.
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€2 94
6
Product image of  Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-Plug
Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-Plug
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€3 32
15
Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-PlugPreview image
Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-PlugPreview image
Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-PlugPreview image
Adapter TNC-Socket / BNC-PlugPreview image
Product image of  UHF-T-Piece, 2x PL258 Sockets / 1 x PL259 Plug
UHF-T-Piece, 2x PL258 Sockets / 1 x PL259 Plug
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€4 16
10
UHF-T-Piece, 2x PL258 Sockets / 1 x PL259 PlugPreview image
UHF-T-Piece, 2x PL258 Sockets / 1 x PL259 PlugPreview image
Product image of  SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug Adapter
SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug Adapter
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€2 48
7
SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug AdapterPreview image
SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug AdapterPreview image
SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug AdapterPreview image
SMA Reverse Socket to SMA Plug AdapterPreview image
Product image of  UHF Connector for RG213 Cable
UHF Connector for RG213 Cable
only
€8 36
23
UHF Connector for RG213 CablePreview image
UHF Connector for RG213 CablePreview image
Product image of  Antenna Coaxial Cable RG 58U
Antenna Coaxial Cable RG 58U
only
€3 11
679
Product image of  RG 213 Coaxial Antenna Cable
RG 213 Coaxial Antenna Cable
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€3 28
481
Product image of  BNC-IEC/TV Connection Cable
BNC-IEC/TV Connection Cable
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€15 08
1
Product image of  BNC-PL connection cable
BNC-PL connection cable
only
€10 88
8
Product image of  PL-PL connection cable
PL-PL connection cable
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€7 52
9
Product image of WEATHERDOCK BNC-BNC Connection Cables
WEATHERDOCK BNC-BNC Connection Cables
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€12 56
4
Product image of SCANSTRUT DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mm
SCANSTRUT DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mm
€26.95
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€22 65
54
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
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SCANSTRUT DS16-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 2-8 mm
€26.95
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€22 65
DS16-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
DS16-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 2-8 mmPreview image
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SCANSTRUT DS21A-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 4-9 mm
€30.95
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€25 17
36
DS21A-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 4-9 mmPreview image
DS21A-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 4-9 mmPreview image
DS21A-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 4-9 mmPreview image
Product image of SCANSTRUT DS21B-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mm
SCANSTRUT DS21B-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mm
€30.95
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€25 17
30
DS21B-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mmPreview image
DS21B-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mmPreview image
DS21B-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mmPreview image
Product image of SCANSTRUT DS30-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mm
SCANSTRUT DS30-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mm
€34.25
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€29 37
27
DS30-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mmPreview image
DS30-P-BLK Deck Seal / for 9-14 mmPreview image
Product image of SCANSTRUT DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mm
SCANSTRUT DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mm
€22.25
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€19 29
4
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
DS-H6-BLK Cable Seal / for 2-6 mmPreview image
Product image of SCANSTRUT DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mm
SCANSTRUT DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mm
€29.15
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€26 85
51
DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mmPreview image
DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mmPreview image
DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mmPreview image
DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mmPreview image
DS-H10-BLK Cable Seal / for 6-10 mmPreview image
Product image of AMEC TX-Off Box for Silent Mode for CAMINO-108
AMEC TX-Off Box for Silent Mode for CAMINO-108
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€44 50
2
TX-Off Box for Silent Mode for CAMINO-108Preview image
TX-Off Box for Silent Mode for CAMINO-108Preview image
Product image of OCEAN SIGNAL AIS Alarm Box
OCEAN SIGNAL AIS Alarm Box
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€235 25
AIS Alarm BoxPreview image
AIS Alarm BoxPreview image
AIS Alarm BoxPreview image
AIS Alarm BoxPreview image
Product image of WEATHERDOCK Holder for easyRescue Emergency Beacon
WEATHERDOCK Holder for easyRescue Emergency Beacon
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€22 65
3
Holder for easyRescue Emergency BeaconPreview image
Holder for easyRescue Emergency BeaconPreview image
Product image of ICOM  MB-75 Flush-Mount Kit
ICOM MB-75 Flush-Mount Kit
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€28 53
4
 MB-75 Flush-Mount KitPreview image
 MB-75 Flush-Mount KitPreview image
AIS (Automatic Identification System) is one of the most important safety systems on board. Although it is primarily used to avoid collisions at sea, it also helps, for example, when planning routes on busy sea lanes. Want to buy an AIS? Find out more about the features and functions of AIS receivers and transceivers and the advantages they offer here. We offer a wide range of products from the manufacturers WEATHERDOCK, RAYMARINE, GLOMEX, SCANSTRUT and AMEC. Learn more about AIS Devices...

Why do we need AIS?

- AIS Marine: Not compulsory in recreational navigation, but very helpful -

An AIS transponder (also known as an AIS transceiver) receives and transmits dynamic and static data of all nearby AIS-equipped vessels and other voyage-related information via two different VHF frequencies. The system is primarily used for collision prevention. Range is limited to the VHF band and averages around 15 nautical miles for sailing yachts, depending on antenna power and mounting height.

Static data are for example vessel name, vessel dimensions as well as vessel type, call sign, MMSI and IMO number. Dynamic data is the navigation status (at anchor, moored or underway), speed over ground, course over ground and position. Useful voyage data informs about the next port, planned arrival time, cargo, etc.

The advantages for recreational boating are that a skipper can easily radio another vessel whenever there is uncertainty in a particular situation. When you buy an AIS system, it enables you to navigate with foresight in, for example, narrow shipping lanes. Warning signals can be set in the respective navigation software to provide indications of an impending collision or to indicate an important turning point. Furthermore, an AIS boat you have made contact with can be tracked on your screen or you can check your destination port occupancy in advance.

Many recreational boaters use just an AIS receiver to get relevant data. The disadvantage here is that a receiver cannot send data. In addition to AIS transceivers and AIS receivers, so-called AtoN transceivers (Aids to Navigation) are in use. These transceivers are frequently mounted on buoys or other shipping hazards and transmit information about their location to nearby vessels.

In addition to the AIS system, software companies such as MarineTraffic and Vesselfinder provide AIS tracking apps. They perform similar functions to the permanently installed devices on board, but are less reliable because, unlike AIS devices, apps use private land receivers. These transmitting stations can fail and display data incorrectly. For their own safety, owners should therefore buy AIS equipment.

How do I receive AIS?

- The data transmission of an AIS device works via VHF frequencies.

The automatic identification system uses VHF marine radio. The AIS transceiver transmits coded data for global use on the channels AIS 1 (161.975 MHz) and AIS 2 (162.025 MHz). The software used by the receiver decodes this data and displays it as text or image information on a screen or chartplotter.

Commercial shipping uses Class A AIS with a transmission power of up to 12.5 watts and SODTMA technology (allocation of transmission frequencies via a complex system). In recreational navigation, Class B AIS and only two watts of transmitting power with CSTDMA technology (seeks free time slots for data transmission) is used.

If a VHF antenna is installed on board, it can be used for AIS reception. You only need a splitter so that the data of other connected devices can be operated with the respective power specification without overheating.

If an additional AIS antenna is to be used, it must be mounted at least three metres away from the existing antenna and at the highest possible height. In addition to an antenna (and splitter), you will need an AIS output device such as a chartplotter that can be connected to NMEA2000. If you wish to display data on a PC or laptop, a USB interface is all that is needed to connect to an AIS receiver. 

In order to display the received data, in addition to the output device, you need appropriate software that decodes the information. 

What does AIS cost?

- Safety at sea without charge -

Transmitting and receiving in the AIS system is free of charge and does not require any special authorisation, for example from the Federal Network Agency. This means there are no costs apart from the necessary equipment. AIS equipment such as transceivers, transponders or receivers and, if necessary, antennas and cables can cost between a few hundred and several thousand euros. Budget up to 500 Euros for an AIS receiver, up to 3000 Euros for an AIS receiver / transmitter.

Matching equipment to and further information

When you buy an AIS system, you should also choose the right accessories. In our various shop categories, you'll find other useful products such as VHF Antennas, Deck Seals and Cable Glands, Radar Units or Network/NMEA2000 (to connect AIS to a display or chart plotter). Before you buy AIS, you should take a look at our guide "Everything there is to know about AIS", where you will find a lot of helpful information.

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Mariusz N. on 13.04.2024

Good price, good quality of ordered items, fast delivery.

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Michael G. on 11.04.2024

Better price for the same goods in the UK by far. Thanks.

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Petr M. on 11.04.2024

Always perfect.