Versatile, easy to install, but above all price-friendly.
These were the characteristics that our new AIS Wi-Fi Multiplexer had to meet.
It all started at the beginning of the first lockdown, where the rushed life came to a brutal halt. That was the moment that made us realise that there is so much more to life than making a career and the never ending rush. And that went rigorously with the long-cherished dream of Hans to sail across the Atlantic. The 24ft'er went on sale and something bigger came in return. Less than a week later, the glass was raised for the purchase of a Jeanneau 34ft.
The new ship had a somewhat dated Raymarine ST-60 set and an old Garmin 128 GPS. Exchanging the Garmin for a chart plotter was a no brainer, but just replacing the still perfectly working Raymarine instruments was a shame. A used Raymarine chartplotter in the C-series was an option to combine everything budget-friendly, but that idea was not that budget-friendly either. A used plotter, despite its outdated technique, is still quite priced. Then there are the doubts about where to place: in a Navpod at the helm position, under the sprayhood or perhaps just at the chart table. A screen would come in handy in all three places.
Of course, the topics about navigating with a tablet on the Sailors Forum had been the focus of attention for years. Given the wishes and the designated budget, an AIS wifi multiplexer was the perfect alternative. Even OpenCPN could run on an Android tablet! So navigation wherever you are on board.