What Our Customers Are Saying...

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


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

‚ÄčI 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.

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

We left May 25th from Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly Massachusetts and arrived June 2nd to Herrington Harbor North in Deale Maryland, about 600 nautical miles. Trip was fantastic, weather was great and the crew comprised of (4) Argentinians including myself, We sailed large portions at night and in some cases with fog, your system performed flawlessly in both my Raymarine C80 and the Standard Marine CP300i. While in the Long Island Sound and in the New York City area we were able to sail safely using the built in alarms in both systems.

Very happy with the system, I do regret not buying the wifi version just to complete the iPad with Navionics package I am now putting together as a back up and trip planning package.

Marcel Beraud, S/V Merlin, Marblehead (email July 27,2016)
XB-6000 owner

The WatchMate 850 is a full class-B transponder, with kill switch (so it only listens, not transmits), anchor watch/alert, and the incredibly handy built-in NMEA multiplexer (includes data from one other NMEA device, such as a heading sensor, in it's output so you can link it to your radio without needing extra hardware). Ultra handy.

Vesper's tech support and engineering is absolutely first rate - this is a fantastic piece of kit. The menus are simple and easy to use, even while in a heavy seaway, it's incredibly smart about conserving power, and best of all it has the SMARTEST alarms I've ever seen on an AIS device. You do not keep getting alerted every single time the ship's course is projected to intercept you once you've acknowledged the incoming vessel. This is a huge benefit to those trying to sleep belowdecks, since if the watch is really doing their job it'll only beep once for each target that could be a collision hazard.

If you've used other AIS devices with alerts, you know how valuable this feature is and how annoying other devices can be as you bounce around with your heading changing every wave and the target going in and out of the 'danger zone' and triggering the alert EACH TIME. Oy! This device eliminates that!

Daniel Collins, S/V Aletheia, Georgia
WatchMate 850 owner posted April 10, 2016 on a forum and confirmed via email
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