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Old 18 September 2007, 11:58   #11
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Again interesting we have the older software and are planning the upgrade, however, we do have some tee pieces in an exposed potentially wet location. My preference would be to move the tees to offer better, drier protection. One of my mates will be asking the poeple at the Navico stand some probing questions on this. Similar to others the problem apeared after installing the fuel flow transducer.

I still like Lowrance's kit and will be satisified if they can help us with this in a positive way.
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I *think* that the reason Lowrance went from the large-ish blue connectors to the smaller red ones was to come in line with the emerging industry standard for NMEA 2000. The red ones are a more standard connector, while the blue ones are proprietary Lowrance connectors.

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Old 24 September 2007, 08:10   #13
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jky,

I was aware of this, having looked at the blue connectors quite closely, they appear to do the job but I must say they dont inspire confidence. The gaskets could be better quality "O" rings and the the detents dont really lock it solid reliably in that some do and some dont so there is a great variance in the "feel" to the connection of the various connectors.
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Old 25 September 2007, 07:37   #14
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'New' blue connectors.

I just received some of the new standard of blue connectors from the US. The body is black and they are very very tight to lock. Clearly redesigned.

Yes, the red ones are the new industry standard for NMEA2000.

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Old 25 September 2007, 08:31   #15
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Most interesting, the boat was out this weekend just gone and had intermittant "GPS module not responding" error messages so remaking the connections and excluding the water hasnt really worked.

Next maintenance day we might check the resistance of various parts of the network looking for water ingress/damage. Over winter I want to flush mount all the electronics into a housing which would reduce the exposure to the elements whilst in transit or storage.
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