by Dom Wiseman

Lowrance, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, has released their latest compact, low power transponder to the market. The Lowrance NAIS 500 is crucial for collision avoidance out on the water and specifically for navigating exceptionally busy waterways, ports and marinas.

The clear advantages of the NAIS 500 can be seen in its compact, fully integrated, lightweight form, drawing low power and is 100% waterproof, meeting IPX7 standards. Comprising a GPS-500 receiver, the NAIS 500 meets the strict regulations set for Class-B AIS transponders and using your navigational data, emits a signal to surrounding vessels with your GPS location. Equally, the transponder receives reciprocating signals from surrounding vessels and even plots these signals for you on your display, so that you can carefully consider your next manoeuvre and avoid any potential collisions.As a fully integrated system, the LowranceNAIS 500 will function with your chartplotter, multifunction display and your marine VHF radio.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico declared,“identifying boats that are heading towards you is almost as important as knowing where you are and is vital to safe passage. With current regulations, most commercial ships are required to have AIS onboard. The NAIS 500 works with all Lowrance multifunction displays to provide anglers with the peace of mind that, regardless of the conditions, they will be visible to any traffic in the area.”

The NAIS 500 is perfect for any size powerboat or sailing boat, with incredibly low power consumption at 180 mA at 12 VDC and weighing only 250 grams. Water safety can never be taken too seriously and for boat lovers, who test their beloved vessels, navigating through congested waterways, ports and marinas, the Lowrance NAIS 500 promotes and aids safe boating for your family and friends.