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Class B AIS still awaits FCC approval, but ACR’s Nauticast B will be a complete and well-made solution. It comes with both GPS and VHF antennas along with cabling capable of sending position and target information to both a plotter and a PC simultaneously. Included software simplifies setup and lets a user easily enable silent mode or send a Mayday. Testing done outside U.S. waters suggests that most AIS-equipped ships will start plotting your target at 6 to 10 miles, and you’ll see their more powerful Class A signals at over 20 miles. $1,180. ACR Electronics, 800-432-0227, www.acrelectronics.com

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