Conning displays, another use for NMEA 2000

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

5 Responses

  1. HI Ben…
    This is pretty much exactly what I am working on here, though instead of a proprietary software model like the above, I am keeping everything browser-based and platform-agnostic. And as much as I love plug-n-play N2K for the essential nav tools, most of the trivial sensors are a lot easier (and cheaper) to handle with a distributed data collection model.
    The neat thing about all this is that the Conn appears anywhere…
    Cheers,
    Steve

  2. Patrick says:

    Hey Panbo, when it comes to weather are there any rain gauges that are N2K compliant? I can only find wind, temp and barometer in the airmar and Maretron devices.
    Davis doesn’t seem to have anyway to pump their weather stations in to the N2K either.

  3. But, Steve… isn’t it true that most helm MFDs lack a browser, and therefore could not access your conning display? And who but you would find building your own “distributed data collection” system easier than N2K?
    Patrick, I’ve never seen a rain gauge on a boat. Have you?

  4. Sandy says:

    I have a rain Gage on my Boat. It’s my port aft air tank, with the leaky cover. Rather than digital or analog, it is “dialog”, involving an audio signal from the tank like “gurgle” or “slosh” and a responding epithet from me. It’s extremely accurate, catching every drop of rain on the port quarter of my cat, but measures it all in an unusual increment: bbls/qtr, or “barrels of water since the last time I pumped it out, probably 3 months ago.”
    I can ensure its accuracy by refraining from washing the boat or sailing in less than benign conditions.

  5. Quoth Ben:
    But, Steve… isn’t it true that most helm MFDs lack a browser, and therefore could not access your conning display? And who but you would find building your own “distributed data collection” system easier than N2K?
    That’s actually one of my main complaints about the MFD industry… all that horsepower locked into a closed architecture. Of course, there is also the very appealing turn-key simplicity of something that “just works,” and I find that I really like both: a basic appliance chartplotter and a more general purpose system with sunlight-readable display. The latter then opens up all sorts of possibilities, including access to documentation, email, databases, being able to copy-paste between reference and nav tools, and of course my own apps.
    As to the distributed data collection, the “business model” associated with my current project is to make all that stuff available (books and kits) for those who enjoy a bit of geeky DIY. It is not mutually exclusive with N2K, of course; I’m a huge Maretron fan and am happy with the current installation of nav goodies. It’s just all that other stuff that I want to incorporate into the same overarching system…
    Cheers,
    Steve

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