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Lowrance and E-TEC: NMEA-2000 Integration
|Author||Topic: Lowrance and E-TEC: NMEA-2000 Integration|
posted 01-13-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)
I saw a nice installation (in progress at Lockeman's Boat and Hardware) of an E-TEC engine with Lowrance NMEA-2000 instruments. Dave was installing a Lowrance LCX-27 on a customer's new boat, connecting it to a new E-TEC motor he had just installed
The instrumentation set-up and customization available via the Lowrance chart plotter, GPSr, and SONAR was very impressive. The software includes an application builder that allows you to create your own customized displays and arrangements of gauges.
Using the software in the Lowrance device, you can select what information you want to see, how large the gauge will be, and the style of the gauge. You can select color schemes for the gauge, the style of the dial pointer, the size of the arc of the gauge, the legends on the gauge--just about every aspect of the display. The software is controlled via the front panel controls of the device.
The boat had a second SONAR rigged at the bow, also connected to the NMEA-2000 network. That device can also access the GPS information and engine data.
It was a cool set-up. These days you don't have to have a mega-yacht to have some fun with electronics. A few years ago a fancy set up like this would have cost more than the price of most small boats. Now you can afford to put electronics like this on an 18-footer.
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