Originally Posted by BruceB
Whats the dfference between smartcraft and Lowrance Nmea 2000 compatible stuff, the description sounds much the same to me?
Smartcraft is used only by Mercury and is designed to work with Navman instruments it cannot be used with other products.
NMEA2000 is a new standard that has been introduced that will link systems and will be common between different manufacturers eg Suzuki and Evinrude, Garmin, Lowracne etc have all adopted it already. It has been defined by, and is controlled by, the US based National Marine Electronics Association
Smartcraft is limiting as it only works with the Navman stuff whereas NMEA 2000 allows you to talk to different systems.