ACR Electronics Introduces AISLink CB2 Class B AIS Transponder for Increased Visibility

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  1. I’ve seen ACR’s completely new Class B/SO (and Class A) AIS transcievers previewed at trade shows and they look very well made. I also think that it’s great to have a company of ACR’s quality join the small rank of those who actually develop and manufacturer AIS gear.

    But I notice that this CB2 press release is vague about some extra features offered by others, like WiFi output to nav apps and NMEA 0183/2000 multiplexing.

    • Jonathan says:

      I noted in the copy on the website that it is supposed to forward the AIS data over WiFi for use in other apps. I’m hoping it might also gateway the other NMEA data, too. This would make it a viable contender for us to install on our new-to-us sailboat. I’d prefer to invest in a SOTDMA unit, but there aren’t many (any?) that compare favorably against the featureset of the Vesper units. I’d love it if they released an updated 8000 with SOTDMA. So I figure we will wait a year and see where everyone stands. I’d do that with our VHF install, too, but there is currently no working VHF, so I have to put something in for this season.

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