Originally Posted by merrimac
Yeah, I just looked up your generator and it supports the J1939 link so the next step would be to convert that to NMEA2000, there are converters from Maretron, Offshore
Systems and YachtD, probably others as well.
I have no personal experience with any of these. Whatever you get, make sure you can configure it. Some brands require a display or USB interface of their liking to do this.
Ah yes. Programming and configuring.
I'm not a huge fan of Maretron anymore -- and our boat
is packed with their stuff. I have a Maretron VDR100, which is a paperweight now, as it eats up USB sticks, and Maretron's support stopped trying to help. I believe the VDR100 has some firmware issues that I hope will be fixed one day.
It looks like the J1939 kit for my Onan 21.5 will run about $721 in Florida
. I'll probably go with the Yacht Devices NMEA 2000
/ J1939 adapter. Their WiFi
gateway has worked decently well, and their email
support is responsive.
I just took off the panels
of the generator, and it looks like the install may be somewhat easy (but... who knows... it's a boat).
Thanks for your help!