Originally Posted by tpbrady
SeatalkNG and Seatalk 2 are both NMEA 2000 just different connectors. I think you would be best served setting up a NMEA 2000 network because anything you add in the future should be NMEA 2000. For example I think your engine and is one of the QSB series and has NMEA 2000 output through a fairly inexpensive adapter.
When I get home tonight, I'll send you some references for the wiring configuration. The color coding is even the same between the two networks. It's a lot easier than NMEA 0183 and with a single connection AIS from a transceiver with a NMEA 2000 interface would be available on any NMEA 2000 networked chart plotter.
Thanks Tom. I had assumed that mine was NMEA 0183 (SeaTalk 1) but you may be right that it is NMEA 2000 (SeaTalk 2). I will see if I can find out.
You are right about the QSB. It can send out engine data but it isn't connected to my Raymarine package. That is something that I would like to be able to do in the future. It would be handy to have the engine data on the MFD, a lot easier to see than the Cummins display that is there.