Originally Posted by trantor12020
aquacruise, have you fitted the Raymarine
E85001 Seatalk-Nmea converter? How did it go?
It was great - worked straight out of the box! My biggest problem was actually finding one. They stopped making it years ago, and Raymarine
told me that I would need to get a seatalk
to seatalk-ng converter first, then buy the latest seatalk-ng to nmea
converter...I did not like the sound of that! In the end I had to call round lots of retailers, and eventually found a chandlery
that had a E85001 at the back of the shop covered in dust - £75, I was very happy!
I still do not understand why the original installer of the Furuno
system did not install this! Now I have this large colour display that actually displays useful information, such as depth
, speed through water
etc! All those previous empty boxes now work! Crazy that this wasn't addressed at the time of installation
The only thing that isn't transmitted is the GPS
data FROM the Furuno
TO the S1. Since the S1 in connected via seatalk
to the VHF
, it means the VHF
does not have GPS
info for the Distress
button. But I've solved
that by reconnecting the old GPS anntena for the S1. Now I have two GPS anntena's - one for the Furno system, and one for the S1 - works perfectly, and I suppose also gives me some limited back up in case one of the GPS systems fail.
And finally to close, I also solved
the original issue with the intermittent "NO PILOT" and "SEATLK FAIL". After many weeks of swapping out cables
, checking connections, substituting head
units etc, I was ready to buy a new course computer at a cost of over £1000. Then someone suggested the fixed price
repair offered by Raymarine....I sent them the course computer, and after 3 weeks they got in touch to say that it was faulty, but it was too difficult to repair - so instead they sent me a brand new S1, at no extra charge and covered under the fixed price
repair - i.e. £150.
It all works fine now, and I'm chuffed!