Ok, so I've been doing a ton of research
but I'm still not sure if my panned upgrade makes sense.
: New to me PDQ
32 LRC (diesel powered)
ST 60+ Tridata (depth, speed , trip), works fine
, ST4000+, works well, new drive
sensor or diplay
RC435 works, but I tend to use my iPAD
So, I want wind
, maybe add radar
down the road.
Buy a B&G 508 wind sensor, N2K, $475 (comes with 20M of N2K cable).
Buy a Vesper XB 8000 smartAIS transponder $800.
The logic here is to start a N2K backbone up the mast
and attach the wind sensor to the Vesper. The Vesper wifi
should then give me wind speed/direction and AIS
which I can view on the iPAD
. I should be able to view wind (and any other NMEA
data using iNAVX
on the iPAD. Not sure if the AIS data will overlay on Navionics
?? If this works I will be happy in that my iPAD will serve as a MFD at the helm
. If the ipad breaks, I still have the chartplotter
at the helm
. Viewing wind on the ipad also means I don't have to buy a dedicated wind display (they are expensive!).
Will my wind sensor talk to the ST4000+ autopilot
so I can set a constant wind angle? It is going through the Vesper and should output NMEA
083 which the ST4000+ reads, right?
Similarly, will the AIS talk to the chartplotter through 083 to overlay AIS data on the chartplotter? This is not as important to me as I like the iPad better.
Will the depth
and speed from the ST60+ provide data to the N2K network through the vesper and also display on the iPAD via wifi
Down the road, I would get a Zeuss2 MFD with 3G radar
which would expand the N2K network.
Does this make sense? I appreciate any and all feedback!