A. Is your device compatible with my boat?

  1. Will your device work on my new 40-foot boat?
  2. Will your device work on my old 40-foot boat?
  3. Will your device work on my 20-foot boat?

B. Installation and connectors

  1. Is it hard to install the device?
  2. How can I be sure that your device is compatible with my equipment?
  3. What type of device connector is suitable for my boat?
  4. When should I use a model with a terminator? (Index T at the end of model name)
  5. I have no free connectors on my vessel, how can I connect the device?
  6. My equipment has the connector labeled "NMEA". Is it compatible?

C. Networks and protocols

  1. Are your devices compatible with Raymarine SeaTalk2 interface?
  2. Are your devices compatible with Raymarine SeaTalk HS interface?
  3. Are your devices compatible with NMEA 0183?

D. Operation of the Barometer and Thermometer

  1. Can your sensors show measurements in graph form?
  2. Can your devices send data with high resolution?

E. Operation of the Voyage Recorder

  1. Are the data of my equipment recorded?
  2. Can support of my equipment data be added to the PC Converter?

F. Operation of the Engine Gateway

  1. What J1939 data are converted by Engine Gateway?
  2. How to check my Volvo Penta engine is compatible?

 


 

A. Is your device compatible with my boat?

1. Will your device work on my new 40-foot boat?

Yes. Yachts of this class are equipped with digital sensors (e.g. depth sounder, speed/log, anemometer), autopilot, AIS, digital instruments and chartplotters. Most of them are connected by a NMEA 2000 network (or one of its branded versions: Raymarine SeaTalk NG, Furuno CAN, or Simrad SimNet). Our devices are compatible with the NMEA 2000 network and its branded versions (adaptor cable may be required in some cases).

2. Will your device work on my old 40-foot boat?

Our devices are designed for NMEA 2000 networks. The standard was introduced in 2001, but compatible devices became widely available on the market 5 or more years later. For example, the A-Series (presented in 2006) of Raymarine chartplotters has no NMEA 2000 support, the C-Series Classic (2006) has limited support of NMEA 2000 (SeaTalk2 interface), and the C-Series Widescreen (2008) is fully compatible with NMEA 2000 (SeaTalk NG interface).

So, if your chartplotter and digital instruments were manufactured before 2005, they are not compatible with our devices except in rare cases. Chartplotters and digital instruments manufactured between 2006-2008 may be compatible. Most chartplotters manufactured after 2008 are compatible.

3. Will your device work on my 20-foot boat?

Small boats may be equipped with simple small-screen models of chartplotters which may have limited connectivity possibilities. Small boats may not have sensors or other digital equipment except chartplotters, so they may not have an installed network. The answer is maybe.

 


 

B. Installation and connectors

1. Is it hard to install the device?

No. Our devices are plug and play. Turn off the power of the NMEA 2000 network, find a free connector, connect the device, and turn the power on. The Device's LED will flash.

2. How can I be sure that your device is compatible with my equipment?

Open the installation manual (and/or user manual) supplied with your equipment. First, make sure that it contains some mention of NMEA 2000 (or some branded version of NMEA 2000: SeaTalk NG, Furuno CAN, or Simrad SimNet).

Second, for Barometer and Thermometer, find the appendix with the list of supported NMEA 2000 messages. Your equipment must be able to receive messages with one of following PGNs: 130310 (0x1FD06, Environmental Parameters), 130311 (0x1FD07, Environmental Parameters), 130312 (0x1FD08, Temperature) or 130314 (0x1FD0A, Actual Pressure). Your equipment is compatible if it able to receive at least one message type from this list.

The Voyage Recorder writes all network data into the memory card. It does not analyze the data, leaving that work for the software application that runs on personal computer. Because of that, the Recorder supports all messages broadcasted through the network and is compatible with any other equipment present on the vessel's network.

3. What type of device connector is suitable for my boat?

If you have Raymarine equipment, choose the SeaTalk NG connector. In the case of Garmin Marine Network, choose the NMEA 2000 Micro Male connector. Drawings of the connectors are in Appendix B of the User Manual of Barometer and Thermometer and in Appendix E of Voyage Recorder User Manual. Make sure that your boat has exactly these connectors.

In the case of other connectors or other networks, choose the NMEA 2000 Micro Male connector, because all manufacturers have adaptor cables from NMEA 2000 Micro to their proprietary connectors.

4. When should I use a model with a terminator? (Index T at the end of model name)

According to the specification, an NMEA 2000 network has two terminators (120-Ohm resistors) connected to the NMEA 2000 bus ends. Device models with the T index at the end of their names contain a built-in terminator and should be connected to the network instead of the terminator. This allows zero-cost connection of the Devices to existing networks with no free connectors. Also, sometimes it is hard to find the end of the bus and terminator on large vessels.

Note: models with built-in terminator are available for Barometer and Thermometer, and not available for Voyage Recorder.

5. I have no free connectors on my vessel, how can I connect the device?

In this case, you can buy a device with a built-in terminator and install it on the network instead of terminator.

Alternatively, for networks with NMEA 2000 Micro connectors, you can buy one T-connector from any manufacturer. For example, Garmin part number 010-11078-00.

For networks with SeaTalk NG connectors, you should buy one T-connector (Raymarine part number A06028) and one backbone cable (Raymarine part number A06033).

For more information, see the network reference from your chartplotter manufacturer:

6. My equipment has the connector labeled "NMEA". Is it compatible?

No. In most cases, this indicates an NMEA 0183 connector, not NMEA 2000. Our devices are compatible with NMEA 2000 only.

 


 

C. Networks and protocols

1. Are your devices compatible with Raymarine SeaTalk2 interface?

SeaTalk 2 is a proprietary extension to NMEA 2000 and a proven CAN bus technology. It enables other Raymarine SeaTalk2 devices to talk to each other, whilst maintaining near transparent NMEA 2000 compatibility.

At this moment, our devices are not tested with SeaTalk2 equipment. Our devices are compatible with SeaTalk NG.

2. Are your devices compatible with Raymarine SeaTalk HS interface?

No. Our devices are compatible with SeaTalk NG only and not compatible with SeaTalk HS.

3. Are your devices compatible with NMEA 0183?

No. Our devices are compatible with NMEA 2000 only and not compatible with NMEA 0183.

 


 

D. Operation of the Barometer and Thermometer

1. Can your sensors show measurements in graph form?

Yes. Many chartplotters and digital navigation instruments are able to display data on pressure and temperature in the form of graphs. Please, refer to your equipment documentation.

2. Can your devices send data with high resolution?

Thermometers always send data with 0.01°C resolution. Barometers send data with 1 1 hPa (mbar) resolution in NMEA 2000 Version 2 systems and 0.01 hPa (mbar) resolution in NMEA 2000 Version 3 systems. NMEA 2000 messages with PGN 130314 [0x1FD0A, Actual Pressure] should be supported by your equipment if it is compatible with NMEA 2000 Version 3.

 


 

E. Operation of the Voyage Recorder

1. Are the data of my equipment recorded?

Yes, if your equipment is connected to the NMEA 2000 backbone. Voyage Recorder saves all network data to a MicroSD card.

Note that the PC Converter software (YDVRConv) does not support all types of network messages (and some of them are undocumented). So your data may be recorded by Voyage Recorder, but not decoded by PC Converter software.

2. Can support of my equipment data be added to the PC Converter?

We extend the list of supported NMEA 2000 messages in each program update. But some messages are proprietary, not covered by NMEA 2000 standard, or are not documented. Please send your recordings to us with the photos of your instruments and we will investigate your case.

If the improvements required can be beneficial to other users, we will do them for free.

 


 

F. Operation of the Engine Gateway

1. What J1939 data are converted by Engine Gateway?

 PGNSPNDescription
 60160-Transport Protocol - Data Transfer
 60416-Transport Protocol - Connection Mgmt
 6144392Electronic Engine Controller 2 / Engine Percent Load At Current Speed
 61444190Electronic Engine Controller 1 / Engine Speed
 61444513Electronic Engine Controller 1 / Actual Engine - Percent Torque
 61445523Electronic Transmission Controller 2 / Current Gear
 65226-Active Diagnostic Trouble Codes
 65253247Engine Hours, Revolutions / Engine Total Hours of Operation
 65262110Engine Temperature 1 / Engine Coolant Temperature
 65262175Engine Temperature 1 / Engine Oil Temperature 1
 6526394Engine Fluid Level / Pressure 1 / Engine Fuel Delivery Pressure
 65263100Engine Fluid Level / Pressure 1 / Engine Oil Pressure
 65263109Engine Fluid Level / Pressure 1 / Engine Coolant Pressure
 65266183Fuel Economy (Liquid) / Engine Fuel Rate
 65270102Inlet / Exhaust Conditions 1 / Engine Intake Manifold #1 Pressure
 65270173Inlet / Exhaust Conditions 1 / Exhaust Gas Temperature
 65271158Vehicle Electrical Power 1 / Keyswitch Battery Potential
 65271167Vehicle Electrical Power 1 / Charging System Potential (Voltage)
 65271115Vehicle Electrical Power 1 / Alternator Current
 65271168Vehicle Electrical Power 1 / Battery Potential / Power Input 1
 65271114Vehicle Electrical Power 1 / Net Battery Current
 65272127Transmission Fluids / Transmission Oil Pressure
 65272177Transmission Fluids / Transmission Oil Temperature
 6527638Dash Display / Fuel Level 2
 6527696Dash Display / Fuel Level 1
 6527997Water in Fuel Indicator
 65373-Volvo Penta proprietary (engine tilt/trim)
 65417-Volvo Penta proprietary (alers of MDI block)

 

Note: data you may get on the chart plotter depends on the engine controller and number of installed sensors; legacy chart plotters may not support display of all data types.

 

 

2. How to check my Volvo Penta engine is compatible?

Your engine is compatible if tachometer is connected with a 6-pin Deutsch connector (see picture below). Mo adaptor cable required in this case.

Picture 1. (1) cable, (2) connector, (3) EVC tachometer (back view).

Or you have HCU (Helm Control Unit) or HIU (Helm Interface Unit) block with "Multilink" connector (usually with yellow label), no adator cable is required in this case.

Picture 2. EVC block with Multilink connector (with yellow label).

In other cases, please please see section IV of manual or contact us.