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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Adding AIS to Raymarine C-80 Reply with quote

Has anyone added AIS transponder (Tx and Rx) to a Raymarine C-80 system??
If so what did you use and how difficult was it to wire in??

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a C-120 Raymarine, which is the same as the 80 except for size. I believe there are only 3 input port to the C- series. I ran into trouble because I have 2 VHF's with AIS receive that I wanted to provide AIS (redundancy) input to my C-120. To do that we had to ad a multiplexer to make it work. I had the install done at Rodger's Marine Electronics in Portland. Since then I have also added a WatchMate Vision AIS transponder. It has it's own screen and could be an option to having the output on the plotter screen. On my system I use both the WM Vision screen and the plotter screen interchangeably.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking this over, there should only be AIS output from the AIS unit to the plotter for vessel position recognition of their received signal. I don't believe there would be any connection from the plotter to the AIS from the transmission side of the AIS. That would go from the transponder to the antenna or to a splitter if you are going that route.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't help you with the Raymarine C80 but I did add an AIS transceiver to my boat. I bought the Emtrak B100 and a separate antenna for it. Total cost was about $600.

Love it! I'll never run a boat with AIS again (transmit and receive). It's such an amazing piece of equipment and relatively inexpensive.

I highly recommend the Emtrak. Search for my vesse!: Slow Lane (Boston)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait? What?? Jason, you have your Camano for sale already??

Sorry for drifting OT. Well, a little sorry.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back to the topic (sort of). Jason, when you sell, be sure the AIS gets reprogrammed so that it will be showing the working name of the boat. I have seen several that are transmitting one name but have a different name on the transom. Makes me want to talk to them on the hailer, when they don't respond on the VHF to a call for the "advertised" boat name.

The change is not something that can be done from the plotter.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe go with standalone as that GPS is a non supported [its been "obsoleted" by Raymarine] product . Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wefings wrote:
Maybe go with standalone as that GPS is a non supported [its been "obsoleted" by Raymarine] product . Just a thought.
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I am pretty sure Marc is speaking of the Raymarine C-80 --

I would highly recommend the Vision WatchMate for a stand alone. It is AWESOME.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have an AISPro 1000, which is only a receiver. We wish we had bought one that had both transmit and receive capability but we didn't. We have an amplified antenna splitter that does double duty for both the VHF and the AIS, and works very well. We did not try to wire the AIS receiver to the C-80 because we had no Navionics CF cards (2005 technology) for the C-80 for the Loop.

The AISPro 1000 is able to multiplex the GPS signal from the C-80 via the C-80's NMEA output with the AIS signal from the AIS receiver. The combined signal is then output it via a USB cable to our Windows laptop running Coastal Explorer for display. We used our iPad as the monitor for the Windows laptop wih Duet Disiplay, a nifty iPad app. The Windows laptop was set up to run with the cover closed. There is a host program that runs on the laptop and the Duet Display app runs on the iPad. The iPad was on a RAM mount above and to the left of the C-80. I installed the AIS and antenna splitter myself and it was not too difficult.

This worked great on the river system, as it allowed us to identify tows and hail them by name to inquire about their directions for passing. Also, the iPad with Duet Display also acted as a touch screen for the laptop, so it was not necessary to use a mouse or keyboard. Coastal Explorer is a WAY better nav program than the C-80 has, and it also has Active Captain data. The C-80 really only supplied the GPS data to the laptop, and displayed depth and the trip odometer.

We used Garmin Blue Chart Mobile for navigation almost everywhere else except the river system. Really, iPad navigation is the way to go. You probably already have an iPad tne nav app, including charts and chart updates, will be about $50.

Back here in the PNW, we are using the C-80 with the Vancouver Island chip, which is good down to about Everett, but we also run either Garmin Blue Chart (Patty) or Aqua Map (Pat) on the iPad. At this point, we have no thoughts of a new dedicated chartplotter. If we did anything, and that is not likely, we would go with a complete computer based system.

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