• Electronics

    Making an Autopilot

    by  • April 23, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    Last week I wrote how I was heading to southern California to test some software I wrote for iPhones/iPads which controls an electric boat. Unfortunately on that trip we had to focus on a bit lower level efforts to finalize the Bluetooth v4.0 protocol and ensure data and commands were being transferred properly between...

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    NMEA Protocols for Data Exchange

    by  • March 29, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    There are two popular formats for marine sensors to provide data to other devices: NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000. Both these formats are maintained by NMEA. The NMEA 2000 format is far newer then the NMEA 0183 format. New equipment has migrated to NMEA 2000, but most new sensors have outputs for both formats...

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    Mobile Device Support

    by  • March 28, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    With a new navigation setup and a couple of new sensors providing interesting information regarding the boat, I thought I was all set. However, I quickly discovered that I didn’t want to have to fire up a PC and Admiral 11 in order to see what the temperature was. I wanted to have that...

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    Let the Updates Begin

    by  • March 27, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    Dart EC2800

    The first thing I needed to update on Satisfaction was the navigation system. Satisfaction has a Datamarine “Dart EC 2800” chart plotter onboard, but only at the lower helm. I don’t know how old that thing is, but it is old. It uses cartridges for maps which can’t be updated and are very difficult...

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    Marine Industry

    by  • March 24, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    Two things immediately struck me as I started to investigate marine electronics: the relative antiquity of the equipment and the extreme price of the equipment. That is obviously a bad combination for the consumer. Marine electronics are dominated by a group of companies often referred to as “The Big Four manufacturers” consisting of Furuno,...

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