Panbo When Australian teen Jessica Watson set off to become the youngest person to sail around the world, almost immediately she ran into a problem.

Her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, collided with an oil tanker on the way to Sydney.

Once safely back in port, Jessica's support team installed a collision warning device called the AIS WatchMate, developed by Auckland's Vesper Marine. And she made it the rest of the way around the world without hitting anything.

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Panbo Cruising World marine electronics editor and blogger Ben Ellison gives a hands-on review of the AISWatchMate.

"For a really vivid example of why Vesper's sophisticated AIS alarming is valuable, consider the Bermuda Race fleet crossing the shipping lanes last night ... I watched a Buzzard's Bay bound ship run right through the fleet last night and I'm guessing a lot of navigators learned how many controls you need to make AIS alarms effective rather than annoying. Which is what the WatchMate is so talented at.


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Unlimited Magazine

Unlimited Magazine Vesper Marine is featured in the June 2010 issue of Unlimited Magazine. The article highlights the need for the AISWatchMate among a diverse group of boat owners and outlines the history of company and its investors.

Unlimited is a magazine devoted to inspiring business through strategy, investment, development, innovation and management ideas from New Zealand and around the globe.



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Cruising World

Cruising World Cruising World does a review of a wide range of AIS equipment. Featured is a photo of the AISWatchMate alarm setup screen.

"For a good look at how nuanced A.I.S. alarms can and should be, check out the Vesper Marine AIS WatchMate, an unusual low-power A.I.S. plotting display designed especially for bluewater sailors. "



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Pacific Motor Yacht May/June 2010 Pacific Motor Yacht takes a look at the AISWatchMate Read More
Jessica Watson chooses AISWatchmate

Australian teenage adventurer Jessica Watson has chosen the AISWatchMate from Vesper Marine as her on-board AIS solution for her solo around-the-world sailing challenge. The AISWatchMate was installed in Sydney after her earlier collision with a cargo ship off the southern Queensland coast.

Jessica Watson aims to set the world record for the youngest unassisted solo sailor to circumnavigate.

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Drum Beat (ex. Salperton)

An AISWatchMate RX was recently installed in the 174' luxury sailing yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton). Designed as a high-performance luxury ketch by the renowned Dubois Naval Architects and built by Alloy Yachts, Drumbeat was one of the largest pleasure craft ever built in New Zealand at the time of her launch in 2002. Drumbeat has since undergone a refit in 2006.

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Vesper Marine

Abby Sunderland Chooses Vesper Marine's Award-Winning AIS Collision Avoidance System to Ensure Safety For Her Record-Breaking Venture

To support the challenge, Sunderland has selected Vesper Marine to equip her Open 40 sailboat with its award-winning, all-in-one dedicated collision avoidance display, the AISWatchMate.

Sunderland can rely on the AISWatchMate for timely and easy-to-process information to interpret potentially hazardous crossing situations and react accordingly to ensure a safe sailing adventure.

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Ocean Navigator Jan 2010 Letter to the editor of Ocean Navigator recounting the experiences of Nat and Betsy Warren-White with their AISWatchMate on board Bahati Read More
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