Digital Yacht America launch ENGINELink NMEA 2000 gateway at Miami 2023
Digital Yacht’s new ENGINELink interface is a NMEA 2000 wireless device that allows mobile phones, iPads and tablets to display engine data as well as providing a link to boat AIS, depth and GPS information for popular apps such as Navionics, NavLink, iNavX, SavyNavy, AquaMaps and 100’s more. Now boaters can have boat engine data plus their favourite charting app displayed on their mobiles and tablets in real time.
Engine information such as RPM, temperature, pressure and battery voltage are displayed as an attractive dashboard display through the web browser so there’s no need for a custom app. Setup and installation is easy. Just “T” into the boat’s NMEA 2000 backbone and ENGINELink is self powered from the network. It creates a secure, password protected local wifi network with up to 7 devices able to connect simultaneously. UDP and TCP-IP protocols are supported for compatibility with 3rd party apps.
Most modern outboard and inboard engines have an NMEA 2000 interface or the ability to add as an accessory. ENGINELink has preset dashboards for popular manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki, Tohatsu, Mercury, Yamaha, Yanmar and Volvo. In addition, ENGINELink has a dashboard for the new generation of electric engines that displays current consumption, range optimisation and battery capacity.
Either single or dual engine installations are supported. If the vessel is fitted with NMEA 2000 compatible trim tabs or jack plates, then the status of these performance critical systems is also displayed on the dashboard.
You can configure ENGINELink through its own simple web interface – just open your web browser, enter its IP address and you’ll access the attractive dash to display and configure your gauges. No complicated programming software or app is required. iOS and Android devices can display a navigation app and a web browser side by side – so you can have your favourite charting app open alongside engine instrument displays.
You can change the network name & password and even merge the wifi to an existing wifi network on board. NMEA 2000 data can be viewed and logged in the web browser allowing for easy fault finding of issues. If the engine generates diagnostic alerts then these can be displayed and interrogated too.
ENGINELink is priced at $279.95 and is available now. More information at www.digitalyachtamerica.com
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I admire the way Digital Yacht develops devices with a specific, even narrow, purpose. This engine display system, for instance, may be exactly what some boaters are looking for, and I don’t know of a more straightforward way to get NMEA 2000 engine data well displayed on a phone or tablet.
But the marine electronics geek in me has some notes: ENGINELINK is actually an NMEA 2000 to WiFi gateway with a built-in web server tailored to engine PGN display. The good news not really detailed in the press release is that it can also feed data like GPS and AIS to mobile nav apps, just like many other N2K-WiFi gateways. On the other hand, I suspect that a little more configuration work can result in a similar engine display (and more) using something like the Yacht Device YDWG with its web gauges, or an Actisense W2K with an app like NMEA Remote.
Then again, the ENGINELink brochure PDF mentions some niceties like “Set alarm/alert thresholds…” The manual isn’t available yet but I’m hoping that means the sophisticated alarming DY introduced in 2021 with NavAlert:
I think that would make ENGINELink pretty special.