I'm planning to add a few electronic goodies to my yacht and I want to check to see if I am understanding correctly how I need to do this so that I am buying
the right stuff.
My boat currently has the Raymarine
ST60+ Tri-data & wind
display, plus a ST6002 autohelm
unit on the starboard helm
. I want to add some instruments to the port helm
as well. For now I am not sure if I will duplicate the ST60's or get a single
ST70, but at the moment I am leaning towards the latter.
I am also adding The Raymarine
wireless smart controller and replacing my VHF
with a DSC
I have tried to draw up a "wiring" diagram of how I believe the units are currently connected and how I think I need to add the new equipment
Please excuse the pre-school quality drawings as I was doing it on my ipad
on a flight. I never managed to find a good program for drawing boxes and lines, so this is more like a "finger painting"
If I understand it correctly, one of my ST60 units should probably have a free seatalk
port which I should be able to connect the ST60's or ST70 to. I could then connect the smart controller transmitter to the free seatalk
port. I do understand that for the ST70 to be integrated the ST60 units must remain connected to the sensors.
I noticed that my autohelm
unit had a free seatalk and nmea
connector, so alternatively I guess I could connect the new units via this seatalk connector.
For my Standard Horizon VHF
unit, I assume I just need to connect it to the nmea
wires coming from the Garmin
Beyond these changes there are a couple of other things I want to add that I am even less sure about.
I want to set-up my Macbook so I can use it for navigation
. I would prefer to run it as a Mac rather than using windows (currently have XP using VMware) so I guess I need MacEnc and perhaps even get iNavx
for my iPad
that currently has Navonics on it.
I would like to display data from the instruments, so I guess I need to connect to the Raymarine units via NMEA, so I guess I need something like this 1121 - ShipModul MiniPlex-2 USB NMEA 0183 AIS - 1121 - Electronics - NavStore - Your Pro Marine Source - Detail
Whilst I know that I can get the GPS
signal to my Mac using the Garmin
unit, I think I would prefer to have a separate antennae in case the Garmin dies. For this I guess I need to get a gps
antennae that connects to a USB port??
Finally, I want to add AIS
and display it on both the Garmin unit and the Mac. If the AIS
can be sent to the iPad via wifi
from the Mac then it will be a bonus. Alternatively I could get the Digital Yacht AIS receiver that has WIFI
, but I sort of feel that if I am going to splash the cash on AIS I might as well spend a bit more to get a transponder instead of just a receiver.
Am I on the right track or at least the right ball park??????
I'd hate to buy lots of equipment
and then discover I should have got something else to get it working the way I want......