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Old 02-02-2020, 10:15   #1
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Alternative to Maretron Data Logger (VDM100)

I installed a Maretron Data Logger (VDM100) a couple of months ago. It worked for a short while but then stopped working -- indicating that there was no USB stick. I contacted Maretron, they told me to format the USB stick, I tried, but none of my systems would let me. When I found another 16GB USB stick, formated it to FAT32, and it worked again -- for about a week. Now, same issue.

I'm really disappointed with Maretron. Their support tries, but their product just isn't what I would expect for the money they charge.

Anyhow -- and suggestions for alternatives? I've some my Google-research, but I am keen to get some recommendations from those who have a NMEA2000 data recorder (that's not from Maretron).

It is all a bit annoying because Maretron uses proprietary sentences, so I doubt a non-Maretron recorder could capture data from all of our Maretron sensors.
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Re: Alternative to Maretron Data Logger (VDM100)

It could stop working because its full of data.
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Re: Alternative to Maretron Data Logger (VDM100)

I have the Yacht Devices unit. It uses micro SD cards. Works great.
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Re: Alternative to Maretron Data Logger (VDM100)

Maretron has been sold To Carling Technology and the brains behind the products have left.

Luckily a new company has stepped up with fresh innovative products incl. Voyage recorder. It is Yacht Devices and they have a US rep as well.

Here’s a product that would work for you: https://yachtdevicesus.com/collectio...ecorder-ydvr-0
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Re: Alternative to Maretron Data Logger (VDM100)

Raspberry pi with nmea adapter. Easy and cheap. There is enough info on the openplotter forums that anyone computer literate can do it, if you have the interest.
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