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Vesper Marine XB9000 AIS Transponder

Vesper Marine XB9000 AIS Transponder
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The XB9000 Watchmate Vision AIS transponder includes built-in WiFi, NMEA 2000® and 0183, GPS receiver and GPS antenna.
NZ $2,199.00
The WatchMate Vision XB9000  AIS transponder offers the best in collision avoidance systems while also providing new ways to view AIS on mobile devices. WatchMate Vision is an excellent safety instrument for both leisure or work boat skippers wanting to make accurate safety decisions using integrated AIS, GPS and NMEA 2000 information.

The Vision Class B AIS transponder shows and prioritises only the targets that have a current collision risk while allowing you to customise the powerful features to the current situation (Offshore, Coastal, Harbour or Anchored).

Vision’s safety data can be used wirelessly with mobile devices running a variety of apps. But unlike other marine products with WiFi, the WatchMate Vision can securely connect up to 5 other devices simultaneously. And for even larger networks, you can wirelessly connect the WatchMate Vision to an external WiFi router for unlimited expansion capability.

The XB9000 WatchMate Vision AIS transponder is like having three products all in one dedicated display:
  1. A unique colour touchscreen AIS transponder that transmits your vessel position and details and receives this information from other vessels with AIS transponders. Super sensitive dual parallel AIS receivers provide greater range than other AIS transponders.
  2. A secure WiFi router that allows up to five other devices to connect to it and each other wirelessly. GPS, AIS and NMEA instrument data can be shared with all your mobile devices and laptops. These devices can even talk to each other using the WatchMate Vision as their router. If you need greater range or more device connections, simply add an ordinary WiFi router and easily configure the WatchMate Vision to join that router's network instead of creating its own. 
  3. A NMEA 2000 gateway that translates NMEA 2000 instrument data and makes it available over WiFi to your mobile devices. There is no need to buy a separate NMEA 2000 gateway product when you have a WatchMate Vision that supports a wide range of wind, depth, speed, heading, log, and temperature PGN's. It even translates NMEA 2000 to USB for computers and NMEA 0183 for older plotters too.

XB9000 AIS Transponder Features


iPhone/iPad app

More than a simple mobile AIS viewer, Vision offers groundbreaking control with a free iPhone/iPad app, allowing boaters to remotely control alerts, alarms and transponder settings. The Vesper Marine WatchMate app has instant target acquisition.
Taking advantage of unique capabilities inside your WatchMate Vision allows it to display all received targets immediately when you start the app.

Context Sensitive WatchMate Wheel™

This offers a fast, easy, unobscured way to control the device. It’s adaptive and knows what menu is relevant for your situation ensuring you have access to the most appropriate AIS safety information when you need it.

Colour Touchscreen

The 145 mm (5.7”) VGA Colour TFT, resistive touchscreen offers a new experience in AIS information display and management.

Plotter Screen Magnifier

WatchMate Vision’s unique magnifier appears on the AIS Plotter Screen when needed allowing users to select targets without losing position context and scale.

Worldwide Built-In Coastal Outlines

Coastal outlines enable high level situational awareness and assist your understanding of your location in relation to major land areas. This feature should not be used as a replacement for accurate navigational charts.

Easy to Use With Five Function Buttons

Vision has been designed to ensure critical safety information is at your finger tips. Each of the five function buttons allows a secondary screen to be opened in either full or split screen views:
  • Target List Function Button - lists and sorts all vessels in a table view that can be viewed in full or a split screen allowing more informed situational awareness.
  • Alarms Display Function Button - lists, sorts and manages alarms. Shows all vessels that pose a collision warning or alarm (full or split screen views).
  • My Vessel Display Function Button - provides information about your vessel including LAT/LON information, NMEA 0183/2000 heading, and other GPS data.
  • AIS Plotter Screen Function Button - provides full screen mode offering maximum situational awareness while providing quick and easy access to filter and other settings via the WatchMate Wheel
  • User Settings Screen Function Button - full management of Vision settings via the Settings function button or via the list of setting options presented on WatchMate Wheel.

Intelligent Filtering

In crowded operating areas the WatchMate Vision eliminates clutter and false alarms with sophisticated filtering options. Filtered vessels fade out and change color when they don’t create a collision threat. This means low threat vessels still remain visible without causing screen clutter or creating a distraction. It's easy to switch filters on and off any time and immediately see the low risk vessels fade in and out.


Vessels and alarms are presented in priority order.

GPS Receiver

Displays GPS satellite status and navigation data such as your position, course and speed from Vision's built-in GPS receiver. This can be easily viewed from the My Vessel screen. Vision's GPS receiver is a high performance 50 channel GPS receiver (with WAAS/EGNOS) especially designed for marine use.

Integrated GPS Antenna

Includes a built-in GPS patch antenna that provides GPS data to the integrated 50 channel GPS receiver. This internal patch antenna allows for simple installation. However if needed, an external GPS antenna connection is provided and an optional external antenna is available. Note: For best performance, the built-in GPS antenna requires a clear and unobstructed view of the sky. It usually works well when installed in a cockpit, under a non-metallic dodger or under a fiberglass hard-top. However, if you are mounting the WatchMate Vision in a location which does not provide adequate GPS signal coverage (e.g. near or obstructed by metal objects or "down below" at a nav station), we recommend using the Vesper Marine external GPS antenna.

Connect Wirelessly to other Devices Using WiFi 802.11 b/g

WatchMate Vision provides dual WiFi configuration as either a secure Access Point supporting up to five other devices simultaneously or connected to an existing router providing WiFi expansion capability.

Certified NMEA 2000 connectivity

Allows easy standards based connection of AIS data to other NMEA 2000 equipment such as plotters, radars and MFD's.

Translates and routes your NMEA instrument data over WiFi

Translates NMEA 2000 instrument data (heading, wind, depth, speed, log, temperature) and routes to mobile devices over WiFi, USB or NMEA 0183 for supporting plotters without NMEA 2000. All this data is combined with GPS and AIS data and sent simultaneously to up to five WiFi devices (tablets, smart phones, computers) and well as computers via USB or plotters using NMEA 0183. Display and use this data in your navigation applications such as iNavX or SEAiq on an iPad and iPhone or any Windows or Mac navigation software. For larger WiFi networks, you can extend the number of connected devices by adding an ordinary WiFi router.

Interact With Applications on SmartPhones, Tablets and Computers

Wireless viewing of AIS targets using apps like WatchMate, NavPlay, iNavX, SEAiq and iRegatta on iPad, droidAIS and iRegatta on Android tablets or your favorite navigation software on computer (Windows or Mac).

Integrated AIS Transponder

Vision is a Class B AIS transponder with a two channel parallel receiver and transmitter. It incorporates Vesper Marine’s new multiprocessor architecture for fast performance and includes dedicated AIS processors ensuring reliable, instant AIS data acquisition. This high performance transponder means greater range and increased safety. Connects to 12 or 24 volt power supply.

Fully Water Proof

The WatchMate Vision is water proof (IPx7) so it can safely be mounted most anywhere. Unlike many touchscreen devices, you can even operate it with wet hands.

USB Connection (waterproof and locking with optional cable)

The USB connection can be used to connect Vision to on-board computers. Vision provides a GPS and AIS data feed directly to computer-based navigation software. An optional 5m (16') waterproof cable features a locking ring so it can't vibrate out of the back of the WatchMate Vision.

Silent Mode Control via iPhone / iPad or PC

Allows Vision to be put in Silent Mode. When in this mode, the AIS receivers and GPS continue to operate normally. The only change is all transmissions are inhibited. Perfect for those times when you want privacy.


The perfect companion for AIS Search and Rescue and Man Over Board devices, including the latest models. Sounds the alarm whenever an AIS-SART or AIS-MOB is triggered. Clearly identifies them on the display and provides continuous position updates as well as bearing and range to the SART or MOB.


Computes the closest point of approach and time until CPA. Alarms may be based on these and other factors.

Bearing and Range

Computes the bearing and range to each vessel. Bearing can be displayed in magnetic to facilitate easy visual identification using your compass and binoculars. Bearings can alternatively be displayed in true degrees.

Identify Your "Fleet"

Targets marked as members of your fleet are displayed with a special icon. Use this to indicate your friends or vessels you commonly work with.

CPA Alarm

Triggers alarm if a vessel will come too close. Full control of alarm parameters.

Guard Alarm

Sounds alarm if any vessel comes within the specified range. Both CPA alarms and guard alarms may be used together.

External Alarm Trigger

In addition to the internal alarm, an external buzzer, alarm, or signal light can be interfaced without requiring any additional relays (max 150mA).

Safety Messages

Displays received AIS Broadcast Safety Messages. These messages may contain important safety, navigation, weather, or shipping information.

Aids to Navigation

Full support for AIS aids to navigation including off-position and virtual aid indicators.

External Interface

The WatchMate Vision provides complete AIS and GPS output and is easily interfaced to chart plotters, MFD's, radars or computers via WiFi, NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 or USB.

Self Diagnosis

Self diagnosis to provide warnings if AIS, GPS, or antenna are not functioning.

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