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What year did Mercury Optimax's become NMEA 2000 compatible?


What year did Mercury Optimax's become NMEA 2000 compatible?

Old 04-25-2012, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
Integrated "antenna"
Yes, that's what I meant to write.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:43 PM
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I am planning on upgrading my GPS/fish finder from 2008 to the Simrad Go7 this year. I figured I might as well build the MNEAA2000 network and get data off my ~2008 Optimax 150. As I read this old thread, I am getting that I would need to install the MercMonitor gauge as well, then link that to the network?

It doesn't make sense to have to install a new gauge so I can look at the same data on the Go7.

Can anyone confirm this, or post a link to the "network hub" that would convert the data?

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Old 06-21-2015, 03:44 AM
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Makes no sense but you are correct. You have to purchase the gauge and the gateway connector. They are very proud of this as well.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:33 AM
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You can purchase either a NMEA 2000 Gateway (no gauge, module only), MercMonitor (round gauge with built-in Gateway), Vessel View 4, or a Vessel View 7. The Vessel View 7 is built by Simrad and has chart plotting, sonar, and radar capabilities once combined with proper equipment. This may be an option for you to look into.
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I had NMEA on my 2006 opti through a mercmonitor II. the harness has a NMEA2000 connector as well as NMEA 0183. I also have a converter box that converts to NMEA2000 if you dont have a mercmonitor that I ended up not using. They cost about $350, so you can choose between it and a mercmonitor at maybe $500. I can display all the mercmonitor info on my Lowrance hds units in a different formate than just small digital numbers, such as round guages. I like it.
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NMEA 1997 was born
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