Interesting question. I have used the various bits in isolation but never tried to interface them. So with that proviso here goes.
The Evo sensor from Raymarine
is awesome, needs no setup just turn it on and it works out where it is, which way up it is and in which direction it's facing. When combined with their autopilot
it helps the pilot to learn the boats behavior and provides very smooth helm
action. In an installation
I did; over the last 10 months the boat has done 20,000 miles in just about every condition you can imagine and the pilot has only got its knickers in a twist half a dozen times. It took a couple of days to learn the boat's foibles, and at first we thought there was a problem as the helm
action was quite agressive (big boat with third part hydraulic rams) but it was just learning
I know that OpenCPN
talks ok to the Actisense NMEA 0183
to 2000 converters as that is what I have on my boat, but I don't have the N2K network interfaced to an autopilot
. I do know that it passes autopilot sentences because I can see the resulting output on my Furuno
I'm sure somebody can step in who has done the N2k interface to an autopilot. There are some autopilot notes on the OpenCPN news page but I think only for 0183.
Oh and I think all the Raymarine pilots still have a plain vanilla seatalk
interface and they do a seatalk
to NMEA0183 interface or you can roll your own (Google).