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Old 17 January 2011, 17:13   #1
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Garmin auto gizmo

Very clever and interesting little gadget for those who take an interest in car electronics and fuel economy. The most disconcerting bit would be seeing your fuel cost clock up like a taxi meter as you drive along

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Would also work I presume on modern boat inboards which use can bus diagnostics.
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Looks good, how much is it?
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Old 17 January 2011, 17:22   #3
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No idea of rrp, but Amazon are showing them at 85. Obviously you need a compatible satnav as well.
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Garmin site says $99 US list price.
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it's a lot cheaper than mercury/mercruiser/cummins vessel view at about 2k, quite a good bit of kit
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Old 18 January 2011, 04:54   #6
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it's a lot cheaper than mercury/mercruiser/cummins vessel view at about 2k, quite a good bit of kit
Worth knowing that Maretron (I think) do a bridge which will convert J1939 and other CanBUS signals into N2K. You'd then get most data up onto a standard N2K plotter screen.
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Worth knowing that Maretron (I think) do a bridge which will convert J1939 and other CanBUS signals into N2K. You'd then get most data up onto a standard N2K plotter screen.
that's interesting, you're further down the line with electrickery than me, would you have to generate a menu for the plotter or take an aux one and attach it to that
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Worth knowing that Maretron (I think) do a bridge which will convert J1939 and other CanBUS signals into N2K. You'd then get most data up onto a standard N2K plotter screen.
Yep, Maretron J1939 to NMEA2K bridge. About 280 squids.
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Mercury have a Smartcraft to N2K converter and the Yanmars for the new boat are already N2K and should just plug in to a compatible plotter - I'll let you know how that bit goes!
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that's interesting, you're further down the line with electrickery than me, would you have to generate a menu for the plotter or take an aux one and attach it to that
I think if your plotter takes standard N2K sentences and has an 'engine dials' page, then you'd be up and running. It's no different from say adding a wind sensor or speed sensor to your N2K backbone.
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