Two new products from SeaCAS provide plug-and-play connectivity, as well as hassle-free connection between its SafePassage AIS (automatic identification system) receivers and most popular multifunction navigation systems or personal-computer-based navigation software.
The Direct Connect cable, a product-specific (six-pin) cable for Furuno NavNet vx2 and Raymarine C- and E-Series displays (using a five-pin cable), attaches the dual-band SafePassage AIS receiver directly to the aforementioned equipment.
The company also debuts the SeaCAS Multiplexer for boaters who want to add AIS to navigation displays that have a limited number of NMEA ports. With four NMEA expansion ports, the Multiplexer allows input of valuable on-board data such as wind, heading, depth and GPS, to name a few. The SeaCAS Multiplexer includes a Raymarine Direct Connect five-pin cable, SafePassage AIS 12-pin cable, USB cable and four NMEA 0183 ports. SeaCAS powers its Multiplexer and the attached SafePassage AIS receiver through a single 12 VDC source; in PC installations, the USB port powers the device. The cables carry an MSRP of $70, while the Multiplexer has an MSRP of $299. SeaCAS, 206-850-7664, www.seacas.com.