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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to editor@southwindsmagazine.com. We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain). since ships travel at high speeds and their size requires movement to be handled way in advance as compared to small recreational vehicles. The ships identified on an AIS screen show the ship’s position using the ship’s unique AIS identification number, its course, bearing and speed. Ships today carry AIS as a major part of collision avoidance, but small recreational boats rarely do carry it, although that is changing. Cruisers, especially those on longer cruises, are more and more finding AIS to be essential. This is especially true, even for day cruising, for those in busy shipping areas. Even local cruisers can find it useful. BoatUS has come up with an online instructional video on using AIS and they have developed the video to promote

safety. Called “AIS Electronics for Boaters – See and Be Seen on the Water,” the course is an hour and a half and is available at a reduced rate of $15 until Dec. 31. To get the reduced rate, BoatUS is offering a promotional code (AIS15). The course and the code can be found at www.boatus.org/AIS. BoatUS states that, “Upon completion, boaters will be able to build out a sample AIS component system for installation for their own vessel.” To see how ships with AIS are shown on a screen, go to www.marinetraffic.com to view all the vessels in all the seas that are connected with AIS. Click on a vessel and it will tell you its information, often showing a photo of it.

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...