So I haven't looked at OpenCPN
for a couple of years and just recently gave it another look. I am very impressed at how far along this has progressed and am now using it regularly on both our Mac's and PC's. It is certainly ready for the big time now - and I know that I am about the last person here to have figured that out!
I have both a Maretron N2K-USB converter and an Actisense NGW-1 N2k-0183 converter to get instrumentation and transducer
data to the PC/MAC.
Everything works fine on the PC version using both converters except sending data to the autopilot
. I can't seem to get it to connect to the Simrad
. Using Coastal Explorer, only the Actisense converter works for autopilot control. Using OpenCPN
, neither work
Anyone have any suggestions?
On the Mac, I can't get any NMEA
data at all to show up. Do I need some type of virtual comm port software
or something similar? Is it an Actisense/Maretron Mac driver issue (I don't think they have Mac drivers)? The Actisense is connected to a common Prolific serial-USB converter, so I don't think it needs a special driver.
In the OpenCPN setup, I see a couple of choices for data source, but I don't know what they mean: "Network LIBGPS", "Network GPSD", "/dev/cu.serialport", etc.
Does OpenCPN draw a heading line from the boat
icon showing the heading? I see the COG predictor line option, but missed if there is one for heading also.