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Old 03-24-2021, 04:39 PM
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The marketing material posted in the sticky above says of 1st Mate N2K "We also added a NMEA2k connection to integrate with your boat’s network, so vital MOB and eventually system data can be shared with compatible devices." So does this mean currently 1st Mate will broadcast a MOB PGN when it detects a man overboard event? If a source on the network is broadcasting position data, will that data be included in the MOB PGN?

Is this a question for support@1stmate.com?

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Hi Tirekicker,
Yes please refer this question to support@1stmate.com

This is what is posted on the 1stmate website but understand you would like more feedback.

"The NMEA 2000 connector is for integrating the 1st Mate system into chartplotters and other communication systems on NMEA 2000. Future updates will introduce helpful features to enhance the 1st Mate experience."
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Support emailed.
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Response from support:

"Right now there are no PGN's being broadcasted on NMEA 2000 but we are working on that for the future. You are correct in saying not all MFD's support the common MOB PGN which is something we have identified. There are some other hurdles and we are working through them so we can do exactly what you are asking."

The part about lack of MFD support was in response to my discovery the Garmin 8600 units don't receive or transmit the MOB PGN. So connecting the 1st Mate to N2K is pointless for now, at least for Gamin owners. I have more faith that 1st Mate will eventually provide this functionality than I do Garmin will. Was trying to open a ticket with Garmin today to request this. It's only software.

Maybe Gil knows how to request these types of things from Garmin. It looks like Simrad (and probably B&G and Lowrance) added support back in 2019.

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Thanks Tirekicker for sharing this. Hearing from consumers like you will help prioritize the NMEA2K MOB PGN integration with MFD makers.

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For anyone reading this in the future who is looking to have their Garmin MFD support the NMEA 2000 MOB PGN (127233), post an idea here http://www.garmin.com/en-US/forms/ideas/

And apparently THT member Todd Driscoll is a Gamin resource. Might suggest PM'ing him as well with your request, as I did. If he isn't the right person to contact I'll update this post.
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Update: Todd Driscoll has confirmed the link above is where you should submit feedback to Garmin, and no need to PM him.
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Originally Posted by tirekicker View Post
For anyone reading this in the future who is looking to have their Garmin MFD support the NMEA 2000 MOB PGN (127233), post an idea here http://www.garmin.com/en-US/forms/ideas/

And apparently THT member Todd Driscoll is a Gamin resource. Might suggest PM'ing him as well with your request, as I did. If he isn't the right person to contact I'll update this post.
I am also interested in this, and have submitted via the link. Thanks for posting!
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