Thursday, 10 August 2017

Volvo Penta NMEA 2000 Gateway

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
Raymarine ECI-100
Maretron J2K100

and so on.

But there is a pretty new one from Yacth Devices which is OK priced, NMEA certified, having galvanic isolation between the interfaces and some additional features compared to the above mentioned. 
In many cases You don't have to by additional cables and You can also do Your own firmware update and settings.

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-busses in their Deutsch connectors and the YDEG-04 is just connected to one, CAN1, se enclosed picture.

In our boat CAN2 was used, in the Multilink cable, which the YDEG not was connected to. 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.

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