What Our Customers Are Saying...

It's the second XB-8000 I have (changed my yacht recently). A Superb device. 10.000 miles without a problem!

Christian Dürsteler, Yacht Maldecap, Barcelona Spain (email May 19, 2018)
XB-8000 smartAIS owner

The Vesper XB-8000 is a brilliant device and punches well above its weight in performing many extra functions beyond its primary purpose.

Evan Effa, Tugaway (Nordic Tug 37), VIctoria Canada (email May 12, 2018)
XB-8000 smartAIS owner

My friend Richard and I bought our Vesper Marine equipment for our two boats after careful thought and much research, especially so since we could compare many brands at the Annapoilis Boat Show. We were not disappointed. Installation was straight-forward, the operation was easy and best of all the Apps worked exactly as hoped for, a promise which is rarely achieved in real life.

Here's the best part. When Richard did have some technical questions they were dealt with so fast it was as if you had your support staff right next door.

All in all it's hard to imagine how you could have done better. Since we both have lots of connections with NZ it made us proud to know you.

Well done and congratulations.

Michael Donnan & Richard Johnson (email November 26, 2017)

I used the mobile app on my Android phone to upgrade the firmware on my XB-8000 yesterday. Way cool! Before I wondered if I would use the feature - but it's so convenient - I love it! The whole process was quick and easy.

Eric Miller, Sabre 30 "Spirit", near Annapolis (Facebook June 6, 2017)
XB-8000 smartAIS owner

We have a new feature on the anchor watch: I can move the anchor location around with the cursor. This is AWESOME. Please let the engineers that put this together know I like it.

Doug Asbe, Alajuela 38 "Leigh Ann", Hawaii (email June 5, 2017)
XB-8000 smartAIS owner

Let me start with giving you a very big compliment and a huge Thank You for that Smart AIS update. It works perfect! I had no time to order your alarm/switch kit, but managed to install the alarm I had with another switch and it works perfectly!

I just sailed for 5 days and 4 nights over the North Sea, from Holland to the Shetlands, through quite some oil fields, shipping lanes and fish grounds. Without this alarm function I would have had to rely on the alarm in OpenCPN. And that, with all respect for OpenCPN, is not half as useful as yours! Great work.

Werner Toonk, S/Y Karma, Netherlands (email May 19, 2017)
XB-8000 smartAIS owner

YOU GUYS ARE UNREAL !!!!!!!!!!!

The shipment was just dropped off now. I ordered it on Tuesday morning and it was delivered on Thursday morning. WE are not located near any large city, we are in a rural area with more dairy cows than people.

I am just shaking my head in awe that a product can be ordered, shipped from NZ and delivered to my front door in upstate New York within basically 2 days.... WOW.

Bill Haney, S/V The Wanderer, New York (email March 23, 2017)
WatchMate Vision owner

I am very impressed with the way Vesper are continuously developing functionality rather than developing new models like rabbits, typical of some mainstream suppliers, such that one month after buying the product it is obsolete...

Myron Bileckyj, S/V Evening Star (Contest 37), UK (email September 18, 2016)
XB-8000 owner

​I can not more highly recommend your product to other sailors.

I purchased a WatchMate specifically for a short handed (2 person crew) voyage from Norfolk VA USA to Turkey. Based on this voyage the two "do not leave home without them" items are WatchMate AIS with repeater at the helm, and autopilot.

Our transatlantic weather alternated between flat calms and 25-35Kn winds with 15-20+ foot waves. We set our course to run between the two main shipping lanes and frequently were in close contact with large cargo vessels; most of whom expressed appreciation to our use of the AIS as it enabled them to take early evasive action to steer clear of us in the heavy weather we were experiencing.

​Alan Thilo, SS Makai, 43ft Slocum (email September 8, 2016)
WatchMate 850 owner
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