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NMEA Data Sharing Across Applications and Platforms

Posted on Fri 23 September 2011 in articles • Tagged with Coastal Explorer, Geek, Maretron, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

With a Maretron USB100 NMEA-0183 Gateway and an Actisense NGT-1 NMEA 2000 gateway I was struggling to get the NMEA data to all the applications on my PC, iPAD and iPhone. Many applications can not only connect to the an NMEA data source but also share the data on another …

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Still not done

Posted on Fri 19 August 2011 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Electrical, Systems - Electronics

When we were still on the dock at Shilshole we'd get asked all the time "when you going to be done?" And I'd always say, "never!" Well, in that spirit you should know that we're not done yet!

Today I worked on adding six new switches to control some functions …

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Maretron DST100 Installed

Posted on Mon 25 July 2011 in articles • Tagged with Maretron, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

Maretron DST800 Transducer and fairing block

When we purchased the boat we had a non-working knot meter and a single function transducer with a display located only on an internal bulkhead in the aft cabin. The new gorgeously installed Maretron DST100 instrument will measure Depth, Speed and Temperature.

I just have to get a cable to …

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AIS is worth it !

Posted on Mon 11 July 2011 in articles • Tagged with Gear, Navigation, Systems - Electronics

This has been our first time out with AIS on the boat and I must say it is absolutely worth it. Being able to see exactly where that tug is headed and it’s speed is very useful. Even more useful is when you want to cutoff the shipping traffic …

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Our First Weather Fax

Posted on Fri 10 June 2011 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Communications, Systems - Electronics, Weather

I’ve started devoted a little bit of time each night to playing around with our ICOM M710 SSB Radio. We’re sitting in the middle of a marina surrounded by aluminum masts so I assume reception or transmission is going to be greatly impaired. Thus far I’m focusing …

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12V DC Ship’s Computer by Aleutia

Posted on Thu 17 March 2011 in articles • Tagged with Buying Guide, Gear, Geek, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

I just ordered the PC which will become the heart of our navigation systems--the Aleutia P1 Marine PC (@Aleutia).

I have probably spent 4 the equivalent of four full days mostly late at night looking into fanless PCs that either designed to be run on 12V DC power or happen …

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One more little thing to finish the electronics

Posted on Tue 08 February 2011 in articles • Tagged with Maretron, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

FA-CF-90]({static}../images/old_flickr/orig/5429186060.jpg "Maretron FA-CF-90 by deepplaya, on Flickr")

This is a Maretron FA-CF-90, it is a field installable right angle connector and it's what I need to finish the install of Maretron DSM250 the instrument display in my cockpit completing all the critical electronics systems.


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RADAR Options Greatly Simplified

Posted on Wed 29 December 2010 in articles • Tagged with Gear, Navigation, Systems - Electronics

I think I should have be reincarnated as a search engine; I love to look things up. And in that vein I’ve ben doing all kinds of research on RADARs and PC Navigation Software packages and as a slight backup plan by looking into Chartplotters. That was a really …

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Thinking about AIS Integration

Posted on Mon 27 December 2010 in articles • Tagged with Geek, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

I’m starting to get back into the electronics projects one of which is the AIS solution.

What is AIS you ask?

Non Sailor Elevator Pitch: AIS is a radio based system that large vessels use to transmit information within their local area about who they are, where they are …

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Maretron DSM250 Display Standby Mode Workaround

Posted on Tue 12 October 2010 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Electronics

After the first night of trying to sleep in the same cabin with the DSM 250 on “low” backlight lead to me turn it off at nights. But this isn’t so good because then the buffer of data is uses to charts graphs is lost.

Turns out you can …

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