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Old 14 October 2012, 12:31   #1
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Smartcraft + Gps +NMEA

Hi everybody,

I own a Mercury 200 BHP optimax from 2000 ...
I have to change all the gauges ....
My consol is nearly ready ... I would like to buy Gauges, Gps, Vhf but all these things need to work togheter ....
I just need a Chartplotter, no Radar , no Fish finder
Any advises, tips ?
A List with all the components needed ....would be great ....

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Old 14 October 2012, 12:49   #2
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Use the smartcraft guages if you can get some.

Cookee had some for sale a little while ago...
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Old 14 October 2012, 12:55   #3
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ok but what about the GPS ? Do I need to buy the Garmin GMI 10 + Garmin GPSMAP 700 or only buy the GPSMAP700 + mercury smartcraft gauges ? Need an interface ?
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With your older motor you are better off sticking with the nmea interface as I'm not sure it will work with the newer networked stuff.
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If anybody rigged Mercury smartcraft with NMEA + GSP ?
I'm waiting for your opinion
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If anybody rigged Mercury smartcraft with NMEA + GSP ?
I'm waiting for your opinion
What's your question exactly?
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I think you are asking how do i connect the whole lot up?

GPS Will either have the antenna built into the plotter unit or have a separate pod that will plug into the NMEA bus.

Search Google for "NMEA 2000" for a high level explanation as to how the 2k works.

Unless the engine "talks" NMEA 2k chances are the two systems will be independent of each other.
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I thought he was more asking what to buy but difficult to answer without knowing what he's hoping to achieve.

Mercs only talk to N2k through a gateway and they're very expensive. And with only limited smartcraft data available on a year 2000 motor he wouldnt see much benefit.

Best off with just a pair of SC1000 smartcraft gauges and an independant plotter. There is an nmea 0183 input on the smartcraft which can be connected to a gps/plotter which I think would give litres per nautical mile etc.
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Thanks martini...


Not easy with old smartcraft engine ...
I ll take GMI10 ....

Thanks for your comments
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GMI 10 is just a small display, won't tell you anything on it's own.
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