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Old 29 October 2014, 20:24   #41
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E7D it is, due to good pricing from Redbay and the fact that it appeals to the geek in me.

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Old 25 November 2014, 18:16   #42
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Old 26 November 2014, 05:03   #43
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E7D it is, due to good pricing from Redbay and the fact that it appeals to the geek in me.

Delivery before the end of March 2015.
Nice unit I have one, one nice feature of it is you can customise lots of small screens to display what you want to, takes a bit of time setting up to display what you want but only if you dont like looking through manuals, most config options are self explanatary to some degree.

Have you thought about connectivity to your other electronics, nemea 0183 nmea 2000 or seatalk ? I also fitted the raymarine AIS650 and the AIS 100 splitter units, all works well.
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I connected all my electronics via NMEA0183 (all that could communicate that way) Raymarine E7D, Icom VHF, Raymarine AIS650 & Flux Heading Sensor using spade terminal blocks which I cut into segments of 4 across and then built my own housing from a weather resistant electrical box and fed the wires into, as pics.
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Old 26 November 2014, 07:42   #45
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Nice unit I have one, one nice feature of it is you can customise lots of small screens to display what you want to, takes a bit of time setting up to display what you want but only if you dont like looking through manuals, most config options are self explanatary to some degree.

Have you thought about connectivity to your other electronics, nemea 0183 nmea 2000 or seatalk ? I also fitted the raymarine AIS650 and the AIS 100 splitter units, all works well.
Leaving all that to Redbay. Pretty sure they are going NMEA but tbh I hadn't considered the diff flavours. What are the pros and cons?
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2k is miles better, a lot faster and so much easier to add onto the network using a T.

Really would push for 2K if you have the option! I added a 2K network first between my plotter and fish finder, then added the engine, fuel tank, sonic hub, VHF with AISm storage unit (to keep a log of my fuel use)

Its really easy to add onto the network.
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Old 26 November 2014, 08:14   #47
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NMEA 2000 (N2K) is the way ahead and most modern equipment has connections for it. You can pretty much monitor/control everything from your chartplotter and let multiple plotters see the same data from one source. The only drawback is that you are limited to which VHFs are N2K currently, although most manufacturers are upgrading new versions to use N2K.

You have to install an N2K backbone and then everything else just hangs off it, sharing the data along the backbone. You can also extend the backbone as you feed more kit off it. It doesn't really matter which flavour of N2K backbone you get since most manufacturers do a "my equipment to other equipment" converter cables. I've got a Raymarine backbone connecting my Raymarine plotter and Lowrance VHF, as the Raymarine starter kit was on offer. I may get a second plotter in time, or even a Fusion stereo so that I can control that from my plotter. Unfortunately my engine is too old to fit an N2K communication module so I won't bother with that or a fuel gauge.
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One would assume they'll be fitting the latest on a brand new Rib but since all I said was that I wanted the Engine to talk to the plotter I guess I better check.
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If the engine is talking with the plotter that will be N2K

Its brilliant when its working, you can get so much information on the plotters - although my last outing it went a little bit crazy and told me I had used 18,941lts of fuel playing about for the day!


When is the delivery date - We will have to plan a weekend out!
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Yes I agree NMEA0183 is getting a bit old hat these days, NMEA2000 probably the way to go, as ive now got alot of raymarine stuff im thinking of sometime next year ripping out the nmea0183 and either replaceing with NMEA2000 with a backbone or using raymarine seatalk with a nmea2000 converter for some elements.

as you add kit its a pain unless youve thought in advance and have the backbone allready in place. So for a new build if I were having a new boat I would insist probably on a NMEA2000 backbone plus a decent fused positive and the negative type of terminal buses etc to make a nice installation.
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