What Our Customers Are Saying...

We have now done over 500 miles with the WatchMate-850 and on the whole, we love it!! We mounted it in the pilothouse with a loud piezo alarm to get our attention when we are in the cockpit. However, the vessel data is also shown on our computer monitor by the cockpit. We do not have an external GPS antenna on our 850 and that has not been a problem.

It has saved our bacon a couple of times and was amazing. A ship in the middle of the ocean started up abruptly across our bow at 1/4 mile; Well done. I don't think I would have caught the movement until a bit closer. But they promptly came up and asked us to go behind them when we called them using their name that the WatchMate gave us; Well done again.

Jack Webb, SV Denali Rose, Cartegena

I have been a big fan of Vesper Marine for several years now since I installed a WatchMate on my Island Packet 40 prior to crossing the Indian Ocean in 2009. My website promotes Vesper AIS to other cruisers. I just purchased an AIS MOB module and will add to my site after I test it [with the WatchMate which supports these new AIS MOB devices]. Just as AIS was the biggest deal for sailors since GPS, these new MOB units that direct the ship back to the MOB are breakthrough and priced right. A whole new reason to have a Vesper WatchMate on board.

Rob Dubin, S/V Ventana

We have the 850 and I have to say we absolutely love it, sailing around the southern North Sea off the UK, France, Belgium and Holland where shipping can be busy and deep water restricted. Looking up a vessel's destination is particularly useful because it can tell us whether it will shortly turn into this channel or that. Took us a while to rumble that we had to set the profiles to stop the alarm going off every few minutes but we now have that sorted. It's a fabulous addition to safety as well as giving us peace of mind because we know we are on the other guy's screen!

Yes, do post some or all of my comments - that's why I sent them. Credit where credit is due!

Simon Westmacott, Kent, UK

I have a WatchMate-750 for some time now and I am very happy about the quality and the excellent display!

Koen Velleman, Belgium

Congratulations for your products, the WatchMates are just what I need!

Tomas Bacher, Caribbean

In April 2010, while we were in Grenada I purchased an AIS WatchMate and fitted it to my yacht. It has been a brilliant piece of gear and my wife thinks it's the best thing that we have purchased. You can use my comments on your website if you wish. I have been happy with the 750 and after seeing different brands that others had bought in Europe I found it much more user friendly. Several of my friends have ordered WatchMates after seeing mine and have been pleased with it.

Terry McCarroll, Australian Yacht, Panama

The AIS WatchMate Receiver has been a godsend in gauging vessel traffic -- previously mainly relying on monitoring Vessel Traffic Control -- and for those occasions where fog has settled in, especially given my decision not to install radar.

Overall, I am very pleased with the decision to go with this system. I investigated many others that struck me as too cumbersome and not the kind of instrument that would look good on a sailboat for which simplicity and elegance are the key themes.

Peter May, Medina WA, USA

Installation [of the WatchMate-850 and Vesper Marine splitter] was a snap... and getting the AIS info onto the chartplotter was straightforward as well. You all have a fine product and I look forward to using it on our trip to the Bahamas this winter.

Ray Meyer, US East Coast

We took a 5-day cruise up the Lake Michigan coast last week and had the opportunity to try out the WatchMate 850. We were really pleased with its performance. I really liked the anchor watch feature as well. – great peace of mind. I found the instrument dirt-simple to operate and totally intuitive.

Mark Hoenke, S/V Roxy, Michigan
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