Sighting vessels 20 plus nautical miles from us, the AIS was phenomenal. Identifying the ship, its course and whether collision was imminent, the eye strain caused by attempting to pick up their miniscule red speck on the radar became practically obsolete. Not that we did away with this, for we discovered that not all ships run AIS! ( a good reason to have Radar and now days with the new generation, spread spectrum radars the power requirements are very manageable.)
A first since departing Adelaide, the weather and seas were such that we made full use of the cockpit, reclining, reading and simply taking in the beauty surrounding Big G.