Building a Bridge Between Old and New

With the Southampton Boat Show coming up, thoughts turn to the latest kit and perhaps that new Multi-Function Display that you have been promising yourself. However, “buyer beware” as some of the latest new systems only have NMEA2000 interfaces and connecting your shiney new plotter to your existing GPS, Instruments, VHF and Autopilot may not be quite as simple as you thought.

The very popular Raymarine Axiom series for instance (see image above) is one such system, along with some of the smaller Simrad/B&G plotters and it is a trend that is likely to continue.

The good news is, that Digital Yacht have the perfect solution for this type of situation. Our iKonvert gateway will efficiently bridge the older NMEA 183 interfaces with the newer NMEA 2000 networks, providing fast bi-directional conversion between the old and new systems.

Whether you are trying to get the new plotter’s GPS to give your older DSC VHF radio a position, hoping to use the plotter as a graphical repeater for your older instruments or intending to make your old tiller pilot steer to the route on your new plotter, the iKonvert will make sure that the right data gets to the right place.

Of course this does assume that you already have an NMEA 2000 network “backbone” on your boat and often purchasing a new plotter will be the catalyst for having to install one. Digital Yacht can again help, with our NMEA 2000 Starter Kit, which is a cost effective way to install an NMEA2000 network. It includes everything you need; Power Cable, 4 way backbone, network terminators and a 1m drop cable allowing three NMEA2000 devices to simply “plug and play” together.

So buy with confidence at this Southampton Boat Show, knowing that whatever your interfacing needs, Digital Yacht have a solution that will keep the data flowing.

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  1. can the WND100 wind sensor be used with WLN30
    instead of Windsense interface?
    in particular I need the “align” (transducer angular offset )
    capability .
    hence does WLN30 have the same functionality to correct offset in the
    transducer before placing the corrected wind angle data onto nmea018 bus.

    (i need to add “nmea2000”. windsensor to my existing network, & also like the wifi functionality of WLN,
    but dont want to unecesarily add yet another interface & wifi device (windsense) into the mix

    1. Hi Greg,

      The WLN30 does not have the “Align” button that the WindSense interface has, BUT the same alignment calibration is possible via the free WindSense App for Android.

      Hope this helps.

      Best regards

  2. hi paul,
    many thx for reply.
    as I already have wifi routers etc on board,
    but also wish o add signalK capability,
    i believe my best option is to use iKommunicate device
    and integrate it with existing LAN, wifi etc

    Im assuming however that this combo may not ?allow me to adjust wind offset for WND100?
    Q: does the windsense app work if the WND100 interfaced via one of the nmea0183 ports on iKommunicate?
    (if not – will just have to endeavour to mount wind sensor with no offset)

    look fwd to your clarification on this.


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