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jimh posted 11-14-2013 02:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
ANCOR, a unit of MARINCO, has just recently announced it will be entering the consumer marketplace with a new line of NMEA-2000 wiring components and accessories. This information comes from a special advertising section of a recent trade magazine. The advertisement says:

"The NMEA-2000 product assortment includes power and extension cables, connectors, adaptors, [terminators], caps, and kits."

"The ANCOR NMEA-2000 cables [will] feature 18-AWG power conductors, which...[allow] for longer cable runs...."


ANCOR NMEA wiring accessories

The NMEA-2000 specification calls for the power conductors in the Micro-category wiring to be 22-AWG, and for the larger Micro/Mini category or Mini category to be 16-AWG. The Micro-category (22-AWG) wiring is specified to be suitable for network backbone lengths of over 300-feet.

ANCOR will be in direct competition with MARETRON, which have been offering a line of NMEA wiring devices for several years. MARETRON wiring products for NMEA-2000 are typically available through a few select retailers. It will be interesting to see how the retail consumer market will react to the new ANCOR devices, and if they will be widely distributed.

For more on cable specifications, see

http://www.nmea.org/Assets/2012%20ibex%20full%20%20nmea%20installation. pdf

jimh posted 11-14-2013 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A gentleman described as the "media manager" for ANCOR suggests that these new ANCOR-brand wiring devices may provide an alternative to existing wiring products which are branded by equipment makers. He says:

"No one wants to put a Lowrance cable on a Garmin product."

I read that as suggesting there is a preference to not intermix cable brands due to branding preferences. In my experience there may be other problems in mixing NMEA-2000 wiring devices from different manufacturers other than just the branding. When I tried to use a Garmin wiring device in a network backbone built with Lowrance Network-T devices, there was a problem. Although the electrical connectors mated without difficulty, the orientation of those connectors relative to the mounting surfaces of the devices was different, and this caused the two products to not work well together.

The ANCOR wiring devices also have a new style: they have some Network-T connectors that have an integral drop cable attached to them.

andygere posted 11-14-2013 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The reality is that no one wants to spend $50 on a proprietary cable in order to get one's outboard motor data to transmit to one's Sonar/GPS screen. Any indication on pricing of these generic cables relative to the outrageous prices charged by the electronics vendors for their Lowrance and Garmin branded cables?
jimh posted 11-15-2013 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have no information on prices for ANCOR NMEA-2000 devices. You can get a sense of the present day prices for NMEA cables made by MARETRON from

http://www.boatersland.com/maretronacc.html

These cable are not very cheap, and given ANCOR's reputation for being the high-quality wire supplier, I don't expect ANCOR's prices to be much different.

jimh posted 11-15-2014 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
More than a year has passed and I have not seen any sign of an ANCOR branded NMEA-2000 cable or wiring accessory. Has anyone found any retail vendor that sells ANCOR branded NMEA-2000 wiring accessories? I can't find any mention of these products on the ANCOR website. As far as NMEA-2000 products, it appears to me that there are none available from ANCOR.

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