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Old 12-15-2017, 12:41 PM
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That data manager ties into the N2K network. It is a Navico product. When you have the gateway reading engine fuel, it turns your GO9 into a fuel reader like your car, only digital. You can get fuel used per trip, per season, fuel remaining in tank etc. It is well worth it. I use it all the time. Type EP85 into google.

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Is this it?

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You may have seen from my signature I live in Brisbane Australia. Just about to go boating. If you need any specific pics of the set up or it running let me know and I will post tonight (my time)
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Yep, thats it.
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Adam, can you take a pic of the engine to harness and harness to M-M adapter? I see that there are a link and power connectors in addition to the connector. I'm presuming that those link and power wires are not needed.

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Old 12-16-2017, 01:05 AM
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Hi Eric

I missed your message and checked THT when I got home. As such I didnt get the pictures.

You are correct, you dont need the other cables, connectors etc.

(I simply electrical tapped over them and secured them with more tape so they didnt rub or get damaged etc)

Just the harness, the MM adaptor and the Gateway. From Gateway into T section on N2K network.

If it isnt working there are 2 things:

1. The engine needs to be running, it got me for the first time, I put to ignition only and nothing. Turned it over and all came to life.

2. Has your engine been connected to smartcraft guages before? Mine hadnt, it was smartcraft enabled only, running to mechanical guages (mercruiser 350 mag mpi). My dealer logged on the engine with his OEM laptop device and 'flicked' it over. He did this at no charge etc.

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Old 12-18-2017, 06:08 AM
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Sweet! Thanks Adam. I ordered the fuel manager Friday. I have analog gauges. Also my mechanic logged into my engine with his laptop a few weeks ago and the port was working. I won't be able to do anything as far as testing the engine until Spring as the engine is now winterized.
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One more learning for you - you would probably be aware in any case:

If you have a speedometer fitted and are taking it out (you don't need it anymore) make sure you clamp the feed hose into the back on the gauge.

I forgot to and had salt water trickling down my leg on my first trip, was a 30 second fix and a cable tie if I did when removing the gauge. Took me 30 minutes and contortion act when on the water due to limited access behind my dash when all fitted again.

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Old 12-21-2017, 12:36 PM
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Can I just leave the analog speedometer hooked up?
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Yep, I run both; mechanical guages and the gateway at the same time for several months until I redid my dash. Both worked fine.

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Hi All
I have a Merc 115 Pro Xs with Vessel View 4 connected to a Lowrance point-1 GPS antenna that feeds both the vessel view 4 and the Lowrance HDS 9.

So are you saying that the Fuel manager suggested above will plug into this network and provide all the fuel used data etc. for less than $100?

Is that compatible with all Merc, VV and Lowrance units?
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The one I suggested above plugs into the N2K network. Im not sure how vessel view works, does it plug into a N2K network? That is can you see the same data on the Lowrance? If so, then it should work.

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I’m not understanding the use of the Navico fuel manager when the fuel economy information is already available from the engine. The only thing you need is a Mercury Fuel/Paddle harness in order to view fuel level. Fuel rate and fuel used are standard info. Fuel economy info is available once tied into a chart plotter or GPS antenna.
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
....would also like to tie in my SH 1600 Explorer VHF to network

1) 0183 to 2000 adapter - I like the idea and peace of mind of a distress call automatically sending GPS coordinates / being able to see received distressed call locations on plotter.
Discussion about integration of a DSC radio without NMEA-2000 into a NMEA-2000 network by using some unspecified conversion device is really quite far off the topic of this thread.

I strongly caution you that you must be extremely careful in choosing any sort of NMEA-0183 to NMEA-2000 conversion device for this function. Such devices generally only can convert a small subset of all possible NMEA-0183 sentences to equivalent NMEA-2000 PGNs.

The device you need MUST be able to convert the NMEA-0183 sentences DSC and DSE into equivalent NMEA-2000 PGNs. You should be extremely careful in selecting a device to accomplish this; many of the ones available CANNOT perform this conversion.

I recommend you start a new thread to further explore this part of your inquiry.

Also, see this prior discussion on a similar topic:

My 1st NMEA installation - Simrad Question
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:08 PM
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The one I suggested above plugs into the N2K network. Im not sure how vessel view works, does it plug into a N2K network? That is can you see the same data on the Lowrance? If so, then it should work.

Cheers Adam
The VesselView 4 is also made by Navico, Simrad specifically, as is the Lowance sounder. They are all networked together on an NMEA 2000 Network.

The Vessel View gives me Fuel Burn Rate, average fuel burn rate, average speed, distance traveled and time duration for my current trip.

Easy enough to calculate the actual fuel used. But would be handy to be able to see Total Fuel used and fuel remaining etc. I don't trust my tank level sensor, gives odd results no matter how many times I have had it calibrated. So want another method for calculating remaining fuel.

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Then yes it should work. All the fuel data manager does, see the link above as this was the correct one, is adds up all the fuel used in real time (from the engine flow data) and memorizes it to give you a total of fuel used. Heaps of settings too, fuel used per trip, per season etc. You set the capacity of your tank (and how much you add at each refill - you can drop in 10 litres and all works great too - no calibration) and using the data manager it does the rest.

It is very accurate, reads in 0.1 of liters (100 mls) for my aussie settings.

I would go as far to say as good as fuel readings on a car. It can even tell you how many kilometers you can travel. All is done in real time.

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