I’ve begun the installation of an NMEA 2000 backbone.
I started with the Lowrance NMEA 2000 starter kit that provides the power tap, a couple of T connectors, 2 pieces of backbone and the required terminators.
I’ve been able to connect to the backbone from a Debian instance using CanBoat. The documentation is pretty horrid, but it turns out that once it’s up and running, you can read data from TCP ports as follows:
- 2597 - JSON (30 seconds of data)
- 2598 - JSON stream as received
- 2599 - NMEA0183 stream
I was able to use OpenCPN to correctly plot the location of Loafer’s Glory using GPS data transmitted over NEMA 2000 to the USB gateway to a Virtual Debian system where it was converted to TCP by CanBoat… A long passage for vital data.
Future additions that I’m looking at:
|DSM410||4.1” Color Display||No|
|Run Indicator Module||Bilge pump monitoring||No|
|FloNET® Diesel Series||Fuel rate monitor||No|
|Tank Level monitor||Fuel and water level monitoring||No|
|DST110||depth / speed / temperature triducer||Yes|
|WSO100-01||Ultrasonics Wind/Weather Station||Yes|
I ended up purchasing the Model Here ↩