It may be possible to connect your old instruments via the 0183 network with a Vesper xb 8000. I plan to do the same with my old Simrad
instruments but have yet to do so. A sailing buddy of mine has successfully done a similar solution. Here is what he did:
Vesper has GPS
receiver and external antenna
for its GPS input.
NMEA0183 output of Vesper goes to NMEA
input of Raytheon
Have not yet connected Vesper NMEA0183 input to ST60 NMEA0183 output.
Raytheon GPS receiver has been disconnected from system and is inoperable.
iPad is connected to Vesper over WiFi
- The Vesper GPS data goes over the NMEA0183 connection to the ST60. This is converted to SeaTalk
and forwarded to Raytheon instrument system, so the Vesper is now our GPS source for the Raytheon stuff, eg the two RL70 chartplotters and SOG, etc. The Raytheon GPS is not necessary anymore.
- The Vesper sends AIS information over WiFi
, so it can be displayed on the iPad. I've used the Vesper WatchMate app (great anchor
, SEAiq, iSailor, but we normally use Navionics
and that doesn't receive AIS over WiFi.
- The Vesper acts as a converter/bridge between NMEA0183 and WiFi. So I can GoTo a waypoint on iNavX on the iPad, and the waypoint and/or XTE data is sent to the Raytheon autopilot
via: iPad -> WiFi -> Vesper -> NME0183 -> ST60 -> SeaTalk
- For some reason I did not connect the NMEA0183 output of the ST60 to the Vesper input. If I had, I'm sure I could see the ST60 sensor data like depth
and windspeed on the iPad apps that support that. The next step!"