Originally Posted by a64pilot
You sail on a lake on a small boat
, and donít need a plotter.
You have no need of NMEA 2000
anything, except as a toy, itís up to you to decide if itís cool or toy value is worth it.
Iíd tell you to put the money
in a new sail, or a sail you donít currently have.
Not meant to belittle you, I have all instruments networked, and donít ďneedĒ them, I was replacing old ones anyway so why not?
Agreed. This is not about need.
Perhaps more context is helpful. Navajo Lake on the NM/CO border is about half the size of Lanier, and the boat
is a 89 Catalina 30
. As far as I can tell, all the instruments are original, and the SR Mariner Nav-10 isnít working. The problem may be (in part) wiring
issues in the mast
The only thing I really *need* is depth
; the water
level varies around the sunken islands around here too. Iíd like the four functions (depth/speed/wind speed & direction) from my current
(broken) system, and Iím likely to need to replace at least the display, if not all the transducers. (My research
on new transducers versus a analog-digital converter is still inconclusive; advice on that score is also welcome.) Paying the cost of the basic four is worth it to me.
As it happens, Iím also putting in solar
, and the Victron controller, which seems like one of the best options out there, claims to have NMEA
2K support. Which is why Iím wondering would I actually be able to display the data, and if so, where? I agree that seeing it at the helm
is not the most useful thing, but as Iím not putting in a chart plotter, the only other place would be to get it onto a tablet.
Iím not going to pay $Ks for the privilege
, and Iím not going to spend a fortune upgrading all my engine
meters, but if there is a solution that is not too expensive, I could have the flexibility to put other future upgrades on the system, if I set it up correctly now.
FloatHub looks cool, but investing in 0183 now does not seem like a good strategy for future proofing. The XB-8000 seems like overkill for me, although I would be tempted if I was sailing off coast.
Thanks for all the helpful input. Online reading varies between breathless brochures (ďNMEA 2K makes everything work
together and solves all your problems instantly,Ē Iíve worked with too many computers
to believe that) or goes into highly technical details about how to connect this specific devices via this converter, with nothing in between.