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Old 07-03-2006, 09:19 AM
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Has anyone heard what new stuff Furuno has planned? Will they be releasing a Navnet 3 system in the near future? Was hoping they would start to support NMEA2000 like most of the others....any chance of this?
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Old 07-03-2006, 05:46 PM
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No ideas????? No rumors?????
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Old 07-03-2006, 08:40 PM
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Don't know much about the NMEA2000 direction but I just had the GP7000 installed in St. Auggie and the dealer told me there is new stuff on the way - but it was mostly a refacing of the egonomics. He said that the technology is kind of at a standstill. Although he did say that forward looking sonar was coming in some products they were going to cost big $$. Didn't really answer your question but sumpthin's better than nuthin!

BTW - I am in Atlantic Beach for the fireworks - what's better than watching them from a beach chair in the sand!
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Old 07-03-2006, 08:48 PM
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NMEA2000 allows plug-n-play of various manufacturer’s products; i.e. you could plug a Furuno active GPS antenna directly into a Simrad chartplotter. There is every reason for a manf to NOT support NMEA2000 because it allows/encourages you to purchase outside their product family. Image a Simrad sounder, Furuno radar, RayMarine plotter, and Garmin XMWX weather all integrated and working together. That’s why all of the major manfrs of marine electronics have their own, proprietary networks, so you will only buy/integrate their products.
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:38 PM
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Eyeball - 7/3/2006 5:48 PM

NMEA2000 allows plug-n-play of various manufacturer’s products; i.e. you could plug a Furuno active GPS antenna directly into a Simrad chartplotter. {snip} That’s why all of the major manfrs of marine electronics have their own, proprietary networks, so you will only buy/integrate their products.
Not all. A few, like LowranceNet, just use proprietary connectors. AFAIC, folks who buy non NEMA2000 compatible bus hardware today are gonna feel like VHS owners in a DVD world real soon.... I already use Raymarine GPS info in a LowranceNet application. Both are NMEA2000 devices hiding behind proprietary connectors. Many of us who are playing with NMEA2000 devices are very excited over the potential. Manufacturers are going to drag their feet, yes, but he who drags too long is gonna lose the race big time....

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Yeah, know what you mean. It’s always been disappointing for me that ICOM implimented a NMEA2000 input (GPS) for their VHF but so few manfrs on the same tier output NMEA2000 from their GPS. The ICOM NMEA2000 enabled input turned out to be virtually useless.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Lowrance’s networking now that Simrad is behind them. Simrad, or course, being one of the top tier marine electronics companies with their own, proprietary networking protocols. I presume that Simrad and Lowrance will need to directly talk to each other; will Simrad step up to the NMEA2000 plate, or will Lowrance be upgraded to the proprietary Simrad interfacing protocols?
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:05 AM
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Well, both Raymarine and Lowrance already output NEMA2000 GPS data. Both the C80/120 and E80/120 do, and the Lowrance GPS2000 sensor is really pretty cheap. Can Furuno and others be far behind?

Thanks for the Simrad info, Eyeball. I've been lusting after the Simrad AP14 autopilot but when I found out the included compass doesn't output NMEA data - even NMEA183, I decided to wait for the first one to include NMEA2000 data so it can interface with the GPS and allow accurate radar/chart overlays at all times. Raymarine was about to release their new Sportpilot S1 autopilot but pulled all marketing and it's back in engineering, I suspect (hope) to get a 2000 upgrade....

Now I can hope for a New Improved Simrad, which I'd prefer.

Oh, for the nitpickers, I'm talking MECHANICAL autopilot, not hydraulic.
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Old 07-04-2006, 01:17 AM
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Simrad is already NMEA 2000 compliant, as are Raymarine, and Lowrance.
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Simrad has been NMEA 2000 compliant since 2004 with the introduction of "SimNet." They've done it better than anyone else, proof in black and white if you read their respective whitepapers. Lowrance will only make their innovation stronger, resulting in a better company, which provides the full aresenal of low-end to high-end electronics.
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Old 07-04-2006, 10:59 PM
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TeamPig - you wouldn't happen to be a Simrad fan, would you?!?

I don’t think Simrad reaches all th way to the bottom, I don’t consider Lowrance to be low-end/bottom tier. I would put Humminbird there. I consider Lowrance to be mid-tier, in the same league with Garmin but not in the same league as RayMarine, Simrad and Furuno.

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Old 07-05-2006, 09:29 AM
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No me the "plugs" that NMEA 2000 offers is where it is at. I have spent way to much time working with the loose NMEA wires and trying to figure out why one machine won't talk to the other. To be able to simply plug different componets together is a great idea and makes things a lot easier for all of us. I am such a huge Furuno fan but not having this makes me think twice about buying anything new from them.

What mfg's are NMEA 2000? Simrad, Lowrance, Raymarine?

How is the Simrad stuff for a Radar and Depth Sounder?
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