Marine Electronics

AIS, Autopilots, Radar, GPS, Chartplotters, Navtex, VHF Radio, Satellite Communications, Navigation Instruments, Depth Sounders, Fish Finders - the list of marine electronic equipment and systems is almost endless, as is the list of manufacturers and suppliers.  It can be challenging trying to find the right systems for your boat.  Our advice?  Talk to the experts and shop around to find the right solution for you.

Simply follow the links below for more information and don’t forget to mention when contacting suppliers.

Marine Electronics Suppliers

Anchor Electronics
Anchor Express is a leading online retailer of marine electronics, GPS, and boating supplies

Autonav Marine Systems
Marine navigation, steering and communications systems

B and G
Marine instrument solutions

C A Clase
Commercial suppliers of communication, navigation and entertainment products with links to leisure dealers

Cactus Navigation and Communication
Supplier of navigation, communications and marine AV equipment

Coastal Rides
We supply a range of marine electronics from many of the industries biggest names, from chartplotters to fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, vhf radios and more besides..

Range of marine electronic products

Coursemaster Autopilots
Autopilots and other marine electronics

Supplier of tracking, security and communications systems for crew and boats

Dyfed Electronics
Milford Haven

Range of marine electronics products and accessories plus dealer locator

Comprehensive range of navigation and communication products with links to distributors

Wide range of marine electronics

G Comm
Communication and navigation equipment

Hamble Marine
Supply and installation of marine electronics and electrical parts for leisure boats including GPS, AIS, etc

Marine radios and AIS

On board communication and entertainment systems

Range of marine electronics products with store locator

Mailasail Satellite Communications
Suppliers of satellite telephones and internet solutions for yachts

Marine Electronics Services
Marine electronics specialists

Marine Systems, Plymouth
Supply and installation of marine electronic and electrical products

Navtex and VHF radios

Instruments, VHF, compasses and accessories

Range of marine electronics plus dealer locator

PCE Instruments UK
Precision measuring instruments including coating thickness meters, multimeters, moisture meters and weather stations

Pulse Marine Electronics, Dartmouth
Marine electronic and electrical services on leisure and commercial vessels across South Devon

Comprehensive range of marine electronic equipment

Redcar Electronics Marine
Wide range of quality marine electronics equipment

Range of marine electronic equipment

S M Group (Europe)
Distributors of major marine electronics brands with links to dealers

Standard Horizon
Manufacturer of high quality marine chartplotters, fixed and handheld VHF radios

Tacktick by Suunto
Wireless marine instruments

Autopilots and other marine instruments

Waypoint 1 Marine Electronics, Plymouth
Sales, service, repair and installation of marine electronic and electrical products


Quick Links

Marine Directory Index

What is AIS?

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and vessel tracking stations.

AIS uses two VHF channels and each transponder consists of one VHF transmitter, two VHF receivers and a DSC receiver.  Ship data, such as course, speed and position as well as MMSI and a unique identification, is gathered by the ship's on board instruments and is passed on to the AIS unit via NMEA.  This is then transmitted as a VHF signal and other vessels fitted with AIS units can pick up this information to display it on a screen or electronic chart display.

Since 2003 AIS must be fitted, under SOLAS regulations, on all ships of 300GT or more and all passenger ships regardless of size.  It is estimated that more than 40,000 ships currently carry AIS class A equipment.  In 2007, a new class B AIS standard was introduced which enabled a new generation of low cost AIS transceivers and made it more affordable for the marine leisure user.

Buyers have a choice between an AIS receiver, where you will see other vessels fitted with AIS on your display but not transmit your own information, or a full AIS transceiver where you will both receive and transmit data to and from other vessels in your vicinity.

As well as providing assistance to Vessel Traffic Services, AIS takes the guesswork out of estimating course and speed of nearby vessels and has obvious benefits for collision avoidance.  Knowing the name of a nearby vessel and its MMSI number also enables you to contact it directly via VHF or DSC should the need arise.  Another potential useful application is in Search and Rescue situations.

If you are not already convinced about AIS then take a look at these fascinating websites: and ShipAIS



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