I'm about to purchase
a 2006 boat which will need to be fitted/refitted with most of the electronics
as it's set up for coastal cruising and I intend to do a circumnavigation
Hence I'm looking at how to build a relatively future proof standardised system with the best kit possible. I don't want vendor lock via integration/communication protocols so that I can use the best of breed.
So I figure that I should start with an NMEA 2000
bus linking the cockpit
, nav station, engine
, mast head gear
, sonar etc..
on the net leads me to believe that SSB
wise, the ICOM-M802 seems to be the best on the market for quality, reliability
and functionality whilst also being a favorite of serious blue water
cruisers. So I'm looking at the spec and it's only NMEA 0183
compliant. I know that I can integrate it with a bridge, but that doesn't make my solution future proof or as easily integrated to the rest of the electronics
The arguements for NMEA 2000
not being necessary for SSB
seem to center around the lack of current
integration requirements to support applications. That being said, I can easily see it would be much easier if I could have my SSB punching out data onto NMEA
2000 system like DSC
received calls and position data, perhaps fax or weather
data for display on a cockpit
console etc.. I understand the limitation is the defined "sentence" and that it's not like TCP/IP where as long as it's IP, anything can be punched onto the wire leaving up to the applications to deciphyr. Also there are many applications yet to be defined, so the use of NMEA
2000 will likely only simplify my initial installation
and not provide a lot of additional functionality.
Does anyone know what the rationale is for ICOM
not bringing out a new version of the M802 other than that it's been sucessfully selling since 2004? Most other manufacturers are bringing devices out with NMEA 2000 and it's frustrating to not be able to buy a best of breed radio
that also has simple integration.
Anyone aware of the roadmap from ICOM
Anyone aware of a comparable product from another vendor that does offer NMEA 2K?
Appreciate your thoughts.