Best marine AIS electronics for 2021, part 2
8/23/2021

AIS is a relatively new technology for most boaters, and one you should know about if you don’t already. Automatic Identification System-that’s its formal name-is mandatory on many commercial vessels and for good reason. Unlike radar, it gives the location, speed, course and a bunch of other information about AIS-equipped vessels in the vicinity even if they’re around a bend or on the other side of a headland. Although not required aboard recreational boats, AIS is a very user-friendly technology that can give you peace of mind and possibly save your life and those of your passengers.

There are different types of AIS, each with varying functionality, but the most common are Class A, Class B and Class B+ (also called Class B SOTDMA). In brief, Class A is targeted at commercial vessels, while B and B+ are more suitable, and affordable, for recreational boats. Click HERE for the Coast Guard’s public information website on AIS.

Seven of the best AIS devices on the market are described below. We brought you the first half of the lineup last week. The roster is part of an exercise Marine Electronics Journal does every year as part of our Buyers’ Guide. It works like this: We ask manufacturers to identify the one model they produce in a particular category (17 in all) that they consider to be their Best & Brightest—not necessarily the most technically advanced or newest but rather the one they rate highest in the product line for one reason or another. Could be the functions and features it offers, or maybe it breaks new ground in maximizing effectiveness or utility, or maybe it’s the most popular as measured by sales to boaters.

Next week we’ll roll out the best electronic charts.


Koden KAT-330

The Koden KAT-330 is a robust and feature-packed Class A AIS transceiver with built-in chart display, engineered to perform under the harshest commercial marine or military applications.  Carrying international SOLAS, MED, FCC, Inland Waterway and Industry Canada certifications, the KAT-330 is a powerful solution for mariners worldwide. It delivers top-quality AIS performance in the most challenging environments and conditions, and is designed to make it very easy to update voyage data. Features include Wi-Fi, NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connectivity and pilot plug interface. The KAT-330 is built to be shock, vibration, weather and waterproof (IPx6 and IPx7).  The 5.9 x 6.5 x 4.3-inch case includes a high-definition color LCD for monitoring and tracking of AIS targets on detailed electronic charts.

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