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Old 11-24-2012, 12:52 AM
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Planning on installing the new RM E97 on my 23 Steiger Miami.
New Honda BF250 has been ordered.
I know the Honda outputs nmea 2000 fuel usage readings and with the new Raymarine software updates I should be able to get fuel management info from my MFD.

My question is this: the Honda dealer wants to install the Lowrance LM 400 as a redundant source of fuel info. I prefer the Honda digital gauges but they are 1000 bucks vs 300 for the Lowrance.
Is the Lowrance as accurate and trouble free as the Honda fuel management gauges?


What is the best way to get accurate fuel readings in terms of how much fuel remaining, GPH, MpG, total usage, etc?

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:39 AM
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The reading isnt taken by the gauge, it just displays the data sent by the engine. I have a pair of LMF-400's on my boat and could not be happier with them.

I also have a set of extra LMF-400's available here for much less than $300:
http://www.thehulltruth.com/parts-fo...tal-gauge.html
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:34 PM
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Why get either theHonda or Lowrance gauges if you can display the engine and fuel data on the Raymarine? Wouldn't it make sense just to get the Honda engine interface cable and set up a simple NMEA 2000 network and connect the interface and the Raymarine?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Moonlighter475 View Post
Why get either theHonda or Lowrance gauges if you can display the engine and fuel data on the Raymarine? Wouldn't it make sense just to get the Honda engine interface cable and set up a simple NMEA 2000 network and connect the interface and the Raymarine?
I'm waiting to hear back from Raymarine on what exactly the unit will or won't do regarding fuel management.

I would like to have some sort of redunduncy though.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:29 AM
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Not to mention having a dedicated gauge for engine stuff (rpm, temp, water pres, voltage, fuel flow, fuel rem, dist to empty, etc) will keep all that stuff from cluttering your Raymarine.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:43 PM
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you said you have a pair of the LMF-400 on your boat.
Do you run a different data page for each one?
Example: tach on one and then fuel management on the other?
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:21 AM
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Yes, exactly. On one I have the "Analog" tach gauge, on the other I have 4 digital gauges showing fuel consumption, fuel remaining, engine temp, and water temp.
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The new Lighthouse ver 7 software fixes the fuel PGN requirement!

EP-60's will now perfectly feed the plotter!!

http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=3764


Autopilot Control/Evolution Support
Data Application Update
IP Camera Record and Playback
T200 Camera Integration and UI Controls
Expanded Boat Details Options
Fuel Manager - Additional PGN Support
User Selectable Start-up App Page
User Manual Added to Home Screen
Support for RMK-9 (gS Series) Keypad
Additional Language Support - Bulgarian
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