It's always nice to have ALL information at the same place, navigator/plotter, when You are out with the boat.
What could be missing is the engine information/data. If You have a Volvo Penta from 2006 or later it could be pretty easy.
Volvo Penta has it's own 22813366, 3889758
and so on.
But there is a pretty new one from Yacth Devices, YD, which is OK priced, NMEA certified, having galvanic isolation between the interfaces and some additional features compared to the above mentioned.
Using YD:s gateway
- You probably don't have to by additional cables
- do Your own firmware upgrade
- do Your own settings
- log engine data to a SD card
In our boat we have VP D6-310I-B, 2006, which is using the EVC-B2, (Engine control platform) but there was a little if.........
Volvo Penta have two CAN-buses in their Deutsch connectors and the YDEG-04 is just connected to one, CAN1, check enclosed picture.
In our boat CAN2 was used, in the Multilink cable (connecting the 2 engines to each other). After, quick and good support from Yacht Devices, swapping pin 1 with pin 2 and pin 3 with pin 5, in both connectors on the YDEG, solved the problem.
Disassemble instructions for the Deutsch connectors is found here
So now the engine data is available in Openplotter, OpenCPN, Garmin GMI 20 display and the plotter Raymarine classic E120 from 2006.