I'm in the process of putting together several small vessels for work in the Bering and Chukchi Sea. These are normally small RIBs we launch from a larger ship, normally a modified crabber. At one point in the past I was on a boat that had an AIS system in which we could see the other work boats and the larger ship all on our VHF radio display. I was looking at a few units and noticed you can link them in with a chartplotter to overlay the AIS data on a map and get actual locations of the other boats.
Has anyone used these systems? If so I'm trying to figure out costs associated with putting these systems on our boats for safety as we'll be very remote and the fog can get very dense in our area. The main purpose is to be able to locate our ship and/or other work boats in the fog or in poor conditions. Any suggestions on brands, models, prices and such would be very helpful.