What Our Customers Are Saying...

In May, 2014 we left New Zealand bound for Alaska via Japan. Prior to departing Guam we fitted a Vesper XB8000 AIS transponder to our 13 metre yacht, Monkey Fist, as we expected to encounter a large volume of commercial maritime traffic. We were not disappointed. Once arriving in Japan’s waters, the XB 8000 AIS rarely showed less than 50 vessels and often up to 100 at any one time – maximum in our vicinity was 235 ships. On the first occasion we found the unit invaluable where, under storm conditions off the south coast of Honshu, our yacht would otherwise have effectively been invisible to the large commercial vessels. Our hands were full handling the seas and wind and the AIS made our lives manageable calculating the vectors of the other traffic for us. Two days later we entered the Seto Inland Sea and needed to navigate through the shipping channels (with no separation lanes) at night again it demonstrated its value by making our presence made obvious to the other traffic. I have no doubt that regardless of the size of our yacht, at night and at several miles distance, our transponder return would have been apparent to the officer on watch and would have been taken into account in their navigation.

Another use we found for the AIS was when navigating through the Kaii Strait between Awijima and Shitoku reported to be the strongest current in Japan’s waters, up to 8 knots. Timing of the transiting of the strait is critical and we were able to monitor the change in speed of the commercial traffic to establish the safest time for our yacht to pass.

The wifi feature of the unit means that my wife, who prefers to use the navigational software on her iPad allows her to comfortably navigate our way through situations that may otherwise have required my input.

In summary we must say that we have found the Vesper XB 8000 an invaluable tool in navigating the challenging waters of Japan.

Paul Tudor-Stack, S.V. Monkey Fist, Japan (email May 7, 2015)

I have installed the WatchMate Vision with external gps and Vesper splitter. It's all working great and have been super impressed with all the functions. I've only sailed from North Carolina to Ft Lauderdale so not a lot of use yet, however we are sailing back to NZ over the next year.

The reception on the AIS is great up to 80 miles on a 300m ship!

I will definitely be recommending the Vision to other sailors we meet along the way.

Craig Brown, Ft. Lauderdale (email April 13, 2015)

It's not often that I'm so pleased with a product that I feel I need to write about it and it's even rarer to receive customer service worth a mention.

To get the pair together is a first for me and the least I could do in return is tell my fellow members.

So Massive Thanks to Jeff at Vesper Marine and I Highly recommend their AIS XB-8000 fantastic product.

Posted to Moody Owner's Association and copied to Vesper Marine with additional comment: It's such a good product and you have been so helpful (that's sadly very rare these days) I will happily do anything that helps you advertise this product and your brand, just ask.

Dave Webber, S/Y Meghan Alice, Gosport England (email February 27, 2015)

Thanks very much for making this EASY & FREE [to update vessel details]. To be honest I expected to have to take the unit somewhere and pay some-one.

I really like the WatchMate and as a result of this experience I will be recommending it to EVERYONE who will listen !

John Hembrow, "Songlines", Gold Coast Australia (email January 12, 2015)
WatchMate 850 owner

When we crossed to the Caribbean from the Chesapeake, we decided our Vesper Marine AIS would be our navigation tool. This was primarily because of the low amp draw. We simply set the profile on offshore and used the GPS page with a paper chart. Having a separate display allowed us to keep the ampsucking chartplotter off. Others would turn their AIS and chartplotters off to keep from running down their batteries. A little disconcerting to us when they were only 2 miles from us.

We were in the shipping lane between Bermuda and Houston, Miami and Charleston for a long time. We had ample warning of ships and they were great! One even called to ask what the wall of sailboats was, so far offshore. The Salty Dawg and Caribbean 1500 left at the same time! One ship called to say he was changing course as he saw a better path through a group of us. Another called each boat to acknowledge he saw them and to give his intentions. Sure is great to be visible.

We would definitely recommend an AIS transponder with its own display. Upon arrival we compared notes with the others and Vesper Marine certainly came out on top!

Thanks for such a great product. Wish we had it in the South Pacific when we were down there.

John and Ellie, S/V Serenity, Caribbean (email December 13, 2014)
WatchMate 850 owners

I bought this device last week from your Auckland warehouse. Totally brilliant! really is plug and play and now all my 14 year old 0183 gear is wi fi'd about the boat, amazing AIS sensitivity after my NASA AIS, very versatile with USB & Wi Fi.

It's more than an AIS it's really a comms hub. Not to mention the many free phone apps for android like SailTracker to display boat data whilst lying in bed, being able to connect laptop via usb and wi-fi at the same time gives great flexibility and not needing those retched serial adapters.

Philip Ewen, "Aljunina", Whangarei, New Zealand (email November 27, 2014)
XB-8000 owner

Excellent in all departments. Thank you.

I have found the WatchMate Vision to be an excellent unit, Jeff & staff very friendly & exceptionally helpful who will go the extra mile for you when needed. On a scale out of 10 they would be a 12.

Stephen Bullock, Langkawi, Malaysia (via email Nov 24, 2014)

I haven't had my WatchMate 750 for very long, but I am pleased with it. Also, the physical interface (the feel of the buttons and the wide range of brightness/contrast settings) is very good. A bit of an effort is required to work through the filter and alarm parameters, but the effort is worth it.

Keep up the good work!

David Plumley, "Pied de Lune", New Caledonia (email Nov 20, 2014)

Reference PC Navigation Software that works with the Vesper Marine Watchmate Vision ..... you can add Raymarine Raytech Navigator RNS 6.2.

I have the program running on my Windows 8.1 tablet with the Vision feeding all nmea data to the RNS program via wifi.

Thanks for a great product .... love my Vision!

Mitch Latham, "Absolutely", Ontario, Canada
Currently cruising the Bahamas (email Nov 6, 2014)
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