FF/gps and outboard readings

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by treykramer, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. treykramer

    treykramer I Love microskiff.com!

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of any good gps/ff/sonar units that would allow me to view my motor readings (speed, fuel comsumption, oil/water temp, etc.) on the unit instead of having to drill holes into the console for separate gauges. Is this even possible? I think it would be a really clean setup having everything on one digital display if possible.
    It would be used on a yamaha f60 or 70 if that matters.
    Recommendations and suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Never seen one for a small boat. Have seen them for large vessels
    as the screen needs to be large for all the data to be displayed.
    Price is not going to be compatible with a small boat budget.

    http://www.globalsupplystore.com/marine-electronics/multifunction-displays.html

    Going to offer an opinion based on past experience...
    Don't like relying on an "all in one" machines, initial cost is one reason
    and if one component goes bad replacing the entire unit is usually the only
    option as repair costs are prohibitive. Easier, cheaper and more reliable
    to have each component as a separate unit. I don't want to
    be stuck without my gps or depthfinder or engine readouts
    if a capacitor or lcd display ceases to function on the all-in-one.
     

  3. aabess

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    I have a Garmin 740s I just hooked up to my F70 Yamaha. I purchased a cable that runs from the command link gauge bus bar to the NEMA 2000 port on the GPS. Works perfectly. Most of the Garmin units are able to do this. I have a PDF of the connections but I don't know how to post it.
     
  4. fsae99

    fsae99 I Love microskiff.com!

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    Just about all of the NMEA 2000 capable FF's will do this. Garmins, and Lowrance HDS can do it. Huminbirds can not just yet, they are coming out with a NMEA200 bridge and engine monitoring is one of the main reasons. You need to make sure your engine outputs NMEA2000.
     
  5. treykramer

    treykramer I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks for the help. The lowrance hds 7 or 8 gen 2 models look decent.
     
  6. fsae99

    fsae99 I Love microskiff.com!

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    Yes the HDS gen2's are nice, I almost got an HDS8 but went with the Hummingbird 998 instead. This choice was purely based on the side scan capabilities of the HB over the Lowrance Structure Scan.