New N2K doodads, easier cabling

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.

6 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    have you priced the cabling pieces? that stuff is normally sold for factory automation and it *pricey*. given the captive audience and the modest volumes, i suspect the prices will not go down dramatically very soon.

  2. DefJef says:

    Do you think in a few years NMEA 0183 devices will all go the way of dinosaurs and the Commodore PC.
    I am constantly tossing out hi tech gear which is no longer supported. First we had floppies, then zips drive, then CDs now flash drives. Can even find a zip drive reader these days it seems.
    Technology is marching very fast but who can afford to replace their gear to stay current at this rate?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Def, No I don’t think NMEA 0183 will go away soon. What I’m seeing, and liking, is that MFDs by Raymarine, Simrad, and possibly others take any 0183 data they’re getting and bridge it up to NMEA 2000 and even Ethernet if it’s not already present on those pipes.

  4. Ray Nordstrom says:

    I received my November “Lattitudes and Attitudes” magazine yesterday. There is an article by Alex Morton called “The Google Sailor” which is real interesting. He talks about using Google Earth to do future charting and how it could be particularly useful for harbor entrance.
    Good read. Might be looking at the future here.
    I sent you a note agreeing with your comment about common cabling for equipment so that every time you change a radio with a remote cable (within the same manufacturer) you don’t have to change the cable. Well the same applies to Radar and I’m sure other stuff. Last year I was thinking about upgrading my 1830 Furuno radar but was stopprd in my tracks by the need to run new cabling up the mizzen through the engine room, etc. Forget it.
    How about a universal cable that has 16 wires or so to work with radars that need 12,14,or 16.
    The guys that design these great devices need a bit of time installing them.
    All this my be made moot by wireless someday.
    By the way, “Herbs Channel”( Herb Hilgenberg) @ 12.359 USB is a good listen at 2000 UCT. Listen for calls to “Southbound II”.

  5. Jens says:

    Finally deceided to go for a Garmin wind sensor and GMI 10 display after my Simrad IS12 wind sensor gave up. My sail yacht has a Simnet cabling system with terminated back bone in the masthead. Since Garmin comes with NMEA 2000 cabling I need an adapter between the new wind sensor and the Simnet cable in the masthead. Is there a limit how long the cable lenght can be between the terminator and the wind sensor.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Jens, I’m not sure if the termination of your present SimNet backbone is built into the end of the mast cable or the IS12 wind sensor itself. And neither the SimNet install manual nor the IS20 manual is very clear on the subject. Maybe you or someone else knows for sure?
    At any rate, I think the general rule of thumb is that a cable section beyond an inline terminator or coming from a tee which is terminated is considered a drop and shouldn’t be longer than 6m.
    So you need a SimNet tee and a SimNet-to-NMEA2000 female patch cable, and maybe an inline terminator or a SimNet terminator you plug into that tee. But it all sounds a bit messy for masthead installation. (Unfortunately, because SimNet connectors are sexless, there’s no way to simply patch directly without a tee.)
    I’d sure be considering replacing the IS12 wind sensor and just adding the GMI 10 as an alternate way to see the wind. That should work fine, though you’ll still need the IS12 instrument to calibrate the SimNet sensor.
    PS I may be wrong about SimNet inline joiners. I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but they’re listed here:

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