MacENC meets Furuno NavNet BB, a grin

JohnGass Wayfarer cPanbo

There were several reasons for that grin on John Gass, Electronics Manager at Wayfarer Marine, the most obvious being that he was beating a particularly nasty February Maine day by testing a possible upgrade system in his shop. Second would be how unusual the system was, closeup here, a Mac Mini running MacENC (review link here) and talking to both a Furuno RD-30 and a NavNet vx2, black box model. John was stressing the whole kit by inputing GPS either from the laptop running Nema Talker or a Garmin 192, plus he had an AIS simulator running on a PC in the next room and connected to the Mini via Bluetooth, and a radar simulator that Furuno apparently supplies to dealers. There was also a Keyspan serial-to-USB converter plus lots of wires and alligator clips involved, which made me feel better about some of my test setups, and may account for the embarrassed portion of that smile.
    Regardless, John got all the data—routes and waypoints included—running around quite well except for one little MacENC-waypoint-to-NavNet glitch. Despite good support from both companies, he didn’t get that one solved before the potential owner of this system—who already has a very nice one, but wants MARPA and AIS—decided to put the R&D on hold. At any rate good geek fun was had, and I also became acquainted with Firma Mats Kagstron’s AIS Simulator (source of many other NMEA software products) and Effective Solutions’ combined AIS and NMEA Simulation, both of which I’d like to investigate further. Thanks, John!

Gass MacENC screen

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.

4 Responses

  1. GPSNavX says:

    We enjoyed working with John Gass, Electronics Manager at Wayfarer Marine. While we believe MacENC does put out compatible NMEA data sentences (i.e. works with Garmin, Raymarine, Nexus, etc) we would be happy to assist in any way possible to help get MacENC and Furuno NavNet sharing waypoints.
    MacENC continues to be improved. The next release out shortly adds the ability to share NMEA data over TCP/IP. MacENC can either be both a client and/or server of NMEA data. Our hope is that we can develop a mini-client for the new Apple iPhone. Imagine having a Mac Mini below processing all the NMEA then a scaled back MacENC client on the iPhone giving MacENC power wirelessly.

  2. John Navas says:

    Have you seen anything concrete about the iPhone being on open platform? What I’ve seen suggests it will be closed, much like the iPod.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Aside from protesting re: “embarrassment”, John Gass asked to add:
    “The only thing that I’d like to stress is that MacENC *did* feed a Garmin, Raymarine C-series & Furuno RD-30 with no problems. Also, the support from MacENC has been nothing short of amazing (like sending a new rev within an hour after receiving an email I sent on a Saturday morning – unbelievable!).”

  4. paul says:

    is the Garmin 192 nmea compatible?

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