XB-6000 High Performance Class B AIS Transponder with Built-in NMEA 2000 Gateway

$595.00
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The new XB-6000 AIS Transponder has NMEA 2000® & 0183, USB and GPS antenna all built right in.

The world's first Class B AIS with built-in NMEA 2000 gateway converting navigation instrument data so it can be viewed on your PC or Mac. It is the most full-featured Class B AIS "black box" transponder and Vesper Marine makes the only AIS transponders that can be used as a GPS source for all NMEA 2000 networks.

This AIS transponder is a unique Class B AIS transponder allowing NMEA navigation information to be used on almost any wired device. Mounting the XB-6000 is made easy with innovative cable connection points that create neat low profile installations.

Vesper Marine AIS transponders are the only AIS with a fast 5Hz GPS update rate providing greater detail and higher resolution plotting resulting in smooth tracking on chart plotters, MFD's and navigation software.

It's fully waterproof and has a built-in GPS antenna which eliminates the need to install an external GPS antenna in many installations. But it also includes Vesper Marine's high performance external GPS antenna for any installations that require it.

This unique and easy to install AIS transponder combines:

  • NMEA 2000 & 0183, and USB
  • Translates and routes NMEA 2000 instrument data over USB and NMEA 0183
  • Makes all your NMEA 0183 data available over USB. Use your computer to view instrument data whether it is coming from NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183
  • Internal high-performance parallel two channel AIS transponder
  • You can switch this transponder into Silent Mode (receive-only) from your PC, Mac or with a hard-wired switch
  • Includes 50 channel high speed 5Hz GPS receiver with built-in GPS antenna which eliminates the need to install the external GPS antenna in many installations.
  • Includes our powerful external GPS antenna and 10m (33') cable for those installations that require it
  • View AIS and navigate from any AIS-capable chart plotter, multi-function display, and PC or Mac running a wide variety of 3rd party navigation software

Built-in GPS antenna

Built-in 50 channel GPS receiver (with WAAS/EGNOS) with its own internal GPS antenna eliminates the need to install an external GPS antenna in many situations. However, it also includes our powerful external antenna for those installations that require it. The external antenna can be pole mounted on standard 1" threaded tubing or mounted on a flat surface with the included base. The cable has a small connector, about the same diameter as the cable, to facilitate easy routing through small holes.

The XB-6000 is the only AIS transponder that can be used as a source of GPS data on a NMEA 2000 network and is also the only AIS transponder with a fast 5Hz GPS navigation and update rate. This results in higher resolution and smoother tracks on your plotter or MFD, even during high speed maneuvers.

High speed 5Hz GPS navigation rate

The only AIS transponder with high speed GPS navigation resulting in smoother and more accurate tracking on attached plotters, MFD's and computer software.

Translates and routes your NMEA instrument data over USB

Translates NMEA 2000 instrument data (heading, wind, depth, speed, log, temperature) and routes to USB or NMEA 0183 for supporting plotters without NMEA 2000. All this data is combined with GPS and AIS data and sent simultaneously to computers via USB or plotters using NMEA 0183. Display and use this data in your Windows or Mac navigation software.

Fully certified NMEA 2000

Ensures easy integration with any other NMEA 2000 equipment. You can confidently use the XB-6000 with any chart plotter or multi-function display by all the major manufacturers.

High performance AIS Transponder

The XB-6000 is an AIS transponder with two channel parallel receiver and transmitter. This highly sensitive transponder means greater range and increased safety. Connects to 12 or 24 volt power supply.

Very Low Power Consumption

Designed for minimal power consumption the XB-6000 is extremely well suited for energy conscious vessels.

Fully Water Proof

Unlike most other AIS transponders, the XB-6000 is water proof so you don't have to worry about it. It's a measure of how robust and reliable it is. It is even rated IPx7 which means it is totally submersible to 1m for up to 30 mins!

USB Connection (waterproof and locking with optional cable)

The USB connection can be used to connect the XB-6000 to on-board computers. The XB-6000 provides a GPS and AIS data feed directly to computer-based navigation software. It translates selected NMEA 2000 instrument data and sends that to your computer too. An optional 5m (16') waterproof cable features a locking ring so it can't vibrate out of the back of the XB-6000.

Silent Mode Control via PC, Mac or an external switch

Allows XB-6000 to be put in Silent Mode. When in this mode, the AIS receivers and GPS continue to operate normally. The only change is transmissions are inhibited. Perfect for those times when you want privacy. Silent mode can be controlled by an external switch (not included) or via your PC or Mac.

Self Diagnosis Status Lights

Multi-color LED keeps you informed of operational status providing self diagnosis that shows warnings if AIS, GPS, or antenna are not functioning.

Easy installation

Mounting the XB-6000 is made easy with innovative cable connection points that create low profile installations. As well as being waterproof the XB-6000 also has multiple connection options; NMEA 2000 / 0183 and USB connectivity.

Single GPS antenna on NMEA networks

AIS transponders must have their own dedicated GPS antenna, but the XB-6000 is the only AIS transponder that can be used as a source of GPS data on a NMEA 2000 network. This means you can now have one less GPS antenna.

Fast 5Hz GPS navigation update rate

Results in higher accuracy and smoother tracks on plotters, MFD's, PC and Mac software even when doing high speed maneuvers.

Increased Safety

With AIS your safety is increased day and night when offshore or in busy traffic areas.

Positive Identification

You'll have each vessel's name and call sign and others using AIS will also have yours. If you wish to call another vessel you will be able to ensure you are talking to the correct vessel. This is very important when operating in busy areas or in bad weather when visibility is reduced.

Operates on very low power

Energy conscious users know how important low power operation can be particularly on a long voyage when charging from solar or wind. The XB-6000 consumes less power than other AIS transponders even with the NMEA 2000 gateway operating!

What's In The Box

  • GPS antenna with 10m (33') cable
  • Installation Guide
  • 2m (6.5') Power/data cable
  • 1m (3') USB cable
Size 200mm wide x 130mm high x 60mm depth (7 7/8" x 5 1/8" x 2 3/8")
Environmental Waterproof (IP67: submersible to 1m for 30 mins)
Operating temperature -25°C to +55°C (-13°F to 131°F)
Power supply 10-32 VDC, 2.5W nominal
Number of receivers 2 AIS, 1 DSC (timeshared)
Receive sensitivity -113 dBm (<20% PER)
Number of transmitters 1 AIS
Transmit power output 33 dBm (2W)
GPS 50 channel with internal antenna. Supports WAAS and EGNOS. Also includes external antenna
GPS navigation rateSelectable 1Hz or 5Hz with magnetic variation included in output
GPS sensitivity-159dBm tracking & navigation
-142dBm acquisition (cold start)
GPS accuracyPosition 2.5m CEP, SBAS 2.0m CEP
VHF antenna required 50 ohm, max 2:1 VSWR @ 162MHz, PL259 connector
Serial data 1 fully isolated USB port (mini), 1 isolated NMEA 0183 input (RS422 4800/38400 baud) 1 NMEA 0183 output (RS422 4800/38400 baud)
Connectivity NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, USB

All input NMEA 0183 sentences are repeated to the NMEA 0183 and USB outputs. Selected NMEA 2000 PGN's (heading, wind, depth, speed, temperature, and log) are translated to NMEA 0183 sentences and repeated to the NMEA 0183 and USB outputs. This allows a wide variety of NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 instruments to be interfaced and output to all other connected devices.
NMEA 2000NMEA 2000 certified. LEN 2. Micro-C male connector. Female drop cable required (not included). Compatible with all NMEA 2000 certified Raymarine SeaTalk NG devices (DeviceNet cable required), Garmin, Furuno, SimNet (NMEA 2000 adapter cable required, Navico part 24006199 or 24006413), and other NMEA 2000 certified products.
ProtocolsIEC 61162-1, NMEA 0183, NMEA 0183 HS
StandardsIEC 62287, IEC 60945, IEC 61108, IEC 61162, ITU-R M.1371, ITU-R M.825, ITU-R M.1084
ApprovalsBSH, BABT, CE, US Coast Guard, US FCC, Industry Canada
WarrantyTwo year world-wide warranty
Supplied With• 2m Power/Data cable
• External GPS antenna
Optional• SP160 VHF/AIS Antenna Splitter
• Waterproof USB cable

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Specifications may change due to product improvements and different product release versions.

Includes Vesper Marine's patented AIS technology. For more information about our international patents, contact us.

  XB-6000 Transponder Navico NAIS 400 Comar CSB 200 Garmin AIS600 em-trak B100 Raymarine AIS650
Full receive of all Class A and B AIS data and transmission of Class B AIS data Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ability to connect to computers via USB Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Galvanic isolated USB protects AIS and computers from possible damage and allows USB to be used at all times Yes No No No No No
Waterproof, can be externally mounted Yes Yes No Yes No No
Built-in internal GPS antenna Yes No No No No No
High speed 5Hz GPS receiver Yes No No No No No
Power consumption 2.5W 3W 6W <20W 3W 3W
Certified NMEA 2000 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Provides a NMEA 2000 gateway (routes NMEA 2000 instrument data to 0183 and USB) Yes No No No No No
SD card slot available No No No No Yes Yes
Interfacing to optional chart plotters and displays (NMEA 2000) Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Interfacing to optional chart plotters and computers (NMEA 0183) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Please Note: This information has been gathered from public sources. To the best of Vesper Marine’s knowledge it was correct at the time of publication (late 2015). We want to keep this up-to-date, so if you see anything missing or incorrect, please let us know so we can update this information.