NMEA 2000 has now become the de-facto standard throughout the
marine electronics industry for interconnection of devices. It
uses a simple backbone (or sometimes called "trunk") structure
with requires terminators at each end of the cabling and then
each device can be spurred off using a drop cable. The bus also
requires power. Waterproof connectors are used throughout for
maximum reliability and it makes for an easy plug 'n play
Digital Yacht has introduced a new NMEA 2000 starter kit which
allows for up to three devices to interconnect - say AIS, plotter
and autopilot and comes complete with terminators and a power
cable. It uses the high quality, nickel plated metal style
connectors rather than the cheaper plastic type which can prove
unreliable. The backbone is formed from a unique six-way
extension block with ports at each end that accommodate the
terminators. This allows for a neat and compact installation.
It's suitable for DIY installers as well as boat builders who
want an easy and value priced solution for integrating and
installing modern boat electronics.
The connection system will work with all leading brands and can
be expanded using standard components as required. Digital Yacht
have also published a quick guide to NMEA 2000 installations
which is available to download from its website.
The starter kit will be available late September and is priced at