I have just completed a fairly extensive, complete, electronics
retrofit on my Pacific Seacraft
Dana. I removed all of the old equipment
and installed a full NMEA2000 network using Maretron cabling and components. I also installed N2K wind
(B&G 508), depth
(Airmar DT800), speed (Airmar ST800), GPS
, (Garmin 19X) and heading, (Maretron SSC220) sensors. Also installed were a Vesper XB-8000 AIS
transceiver and splitter, Simrad
GoFree wireless, TP32 Tillerpilot, 2 each Triton displays, 2 each Zeus Touch 7 MFDs and a Pilot controller.
I used Times Microwave LMR 400 coax with Amphenol PL259 connectors for the VHF/AIS stuff and various Ancor wiring
and connectors otherwise.
Everything is on the N2K network and talking to each other, except the wireless module as that is ethernet connected to one of the Zeus displays. All software
is up to date per the B&G and Simrad
I am fairly experienced in aircraft maintenance
and avionics installations and am confident this installation
is not technically deficient. Standard marine
methodology was used throughout.
I am, however, not a techno geek, so when it comes to software
configuration and getting everything to interface properly, that is where I fall down. I have read and re-read the manuals
with mixed results. Here are some issues, if anyone cares to comment.
(1) I am not sure how to get the Zeus displays (one in the cabin
and one in the cockpit) to mirror each other. They are both connected to power independent of each other and I have one set as instance 001 and the other, instance 002 on the network.
(2) I have been unable to get the Go Free wireless module to work at all. It powers up and the Zeus it is connected to sees it, but that is were it ends. No ability for the Zeus share anything wirelessly and my Android phone
(with the GoFree app) does not see any wireless network.
(3) The B&G 508 wind
data constantly varies up and down in speed as much as 50-100 knots and the angles vary in a similar manner as displayed on the Triton and Zeus displays. I have rebooted, reset and scratched my head
repeatedly. All to no avail. This wind data issue affects the autopilot
negatively, of course, as it confuses it, causing it to drop off. The diagnostics built into both the Tritons and the Zeus' indicate no network problems and show ok regarding wind data input.
Otherwise the network and it's components work well. Depth
, hull speed
data, basic tillerpilot functions, chartplotter
functions, etc. function as expected. I'm sure most of this is related to my computer abilities,
except for the wind sensor (which I suspect is suspect).
Any comments are appreciated.