Ancor goes NMEA 2000 & the BEP Pro Installer line

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS Here’s another Panbo entry about interesting NMEA 2000 connector and cable lines:

  2. Eric says:

    I suspect the BEP (motorized) battery switch redesign will include reversing the logic of the motor actuator to be compatible with Czone. Currently, if you want Czone to turn a battery switch on or off, the signal has to first go through a relay to swap the logic.

  3. Henning says:

    If the cable with the bare wire ends is a power tee, then apparently it can be inserted anywhere in an existing series of tees because it does not change gender as do the Maretron/Escha tees. That’s good!
    However, I see only one pair of wires? I would like to power the left and right side of the tee separately. This is possible with the Maretron/Escha and the Actisense power tees.
    The tees appear to be a little longer than the Maretron/Escha which I don’t like because I prefer a string of tees over a multi-junction box of some kind because this is easier to change later. However, there are multi-tees in the picture that more than make up for this. Also good.
    I also like the easy way to screw them down to a bulkhead or wood mounting plate. I had to use a combination of cable ties and little polyamid blocks to screw down cable ties in order to hold my long string of Maretron tees in place.
    Plastic and metal threads are a bitch to join together even when not trying to do this head down in some impossible spot. I would not want to mix plastic and metal.
    How well do these mate with Maretron and Actisense tees (apart from the plastic/metal thread-problem)? Will the ports or exiting wires be aligned in the same direction? Maretron and Actisense don’t mate well so at best these could mate well with either Actisense or Maretron but not both. Or they may not mate well with either.
    Blue Sea Systems has a remote-operated battery switch that I have and am happy with (not N2K).
    And if Ancor is re-adding products, maybe they also want to invest in better product availability in Europe, e.g. via a strong distributor and internet-based end user source. I would have liked to used tinned wire in all my boat-jobs but this is apparently unknown in Europe or unavailable in quantities required by end users or smaller installers.

  4. By the way, this year METS will be full of surprises as rumors says… I’m here for the show and can’t wait to see what is new at electronics corner… This year NMEA connect fest has also more interesting workshops anounced than usual (CHIRP, ONE NET etc…

  5. Jim Hebert says:

    It has been over a year since this announcement, but I don’t see any sign of ANCOR branded NMEA wiring products. What happened?

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I don’t know, Jim. The cables and connectors sure looked ready to go at IBEX 2013 but no sign of them in the Global Marine catalog you can find at the Ancor site:
    I did notice, though, that Ancor now offers some handy speaker connector kits plus adhesive sealing butt connectors designed for mismatched wire gauges.
    The Marinco, BEP, Mastervolt, Ancor, etc. conglomerate also added ProMariner this year and most recently Blue Sea Systems, so they have a lot on their plate.

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