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Old 11-15-2017, 03:22 PM   #1
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Engineroom Camera

Hi all,

Recently saw a post about mounting an iPad at the Helm to run Navionics side by side with the vessels nav system. I have done this and itís great but now Iím thinking I can use it for more.

Has anyone set up an engineroom camera (or deck) to an on board iPad? Would love to be able to give a quick visual scan of ER from helm ipad. I know it doesnít alleviate the need to drop in every hour or so but would be nice to be able to catch something early if I had eyes.

I looked up past threads but given the advances in WiFi and Bluetooth recently I suspect someone must have done this recently.

Pleased to hear.

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If one's helm position is close to the engine room/compartment where one can smell and hear unusual smells and sounds, the less one needs to have a remote camera fixated on the engine(s). ... Engine-room cameras create another distraction from what is going on the water.
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Infra red/colour reversing camera x 2 with 5inch screen on eBay for $30
Works a treat
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If one's helm position is close to the engine room/compartment where one can smell and hear unusual smells and sounds, the less one needs to have a remote camera fixated on the engine(s). ... Engine-room cameras create another distraction from what is going on the water.


As a licensed Merchant Officer I disagree. If I hear an unusual noise or smell I would like a quick look. As I typically solo, in many instances, I cannot afford to leave the helm to go below and take a look. More information is usually better as long as you are not obsessed with it.
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So this is a hard-wire to a dedicated special screen? Or can I get it to show on iPad or Garmin display? I have no space left at helm for additional screen (see iPad post earlier).
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As a licensed Merchant Officer I disagree. If I hear an unusual noise or smell I would like a quick look. As I typically solo, in many instances, I cannot afford to leave the helm to go below and take a look. More information is usually better as long as you are not obsessed with it.
Absolutely, my engine camera came apart the othet day.

Even though I am only making 15 minute runs between a marina and anchorage every couple days, I feel naked without it now.
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No need to dick around trying to get things working with other devices.


You have a link for the camera?
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Does anyone have or know how to get a wireless Bluetooth camera that could link to my iPad or iPhone? Most wireless cameras I have seen, correction all wireless cameras I have seen seem to require a router. I would like to put up a Bluetooth camera on my rear rail so I can use it for better visibility when backing.
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Does anyone have or know how to get a wireless Bluetooth camera that could link to my iPad or iPhone? Most wireless cameras I have seen, correction all wireless cameras I have seen seem to require a router. I would like to put up a Bluetooth camera on my rear rail so I can use it for better visibility when backing.


And thatís the NEXT thing! Good point.
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I have two wired CCTV cameras in the engine room. They connect via BNC to the back of my Simrad screens. With two button presses, I can see what is happening. I had a water pump leak (an ounce a day). I wanted to monitor it, and the camera was a big help. When there is not an issue to monitor, I keep one camera on the fuel filter gauges.
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I wonder if I can do that with the Garmin?
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The BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) connector is a miniature quick connect/disconnect radio frequency connector used for coaxial cable. It features two bayonet lugs on the female connector; mating is fully achieved with a quarter turn of the coupling nut.
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As a licensed Merchant Officer I disagree. If I hear an unusual noise or smell I would like a quick look. As I typically solo, in many instances, I cannot afford to leave the helm to go below and take a look. More information is usually better as long as you are not obsessed with it.
A camera doesn't necessarily give you more information, just an alternative way of accessing it. I also typically solo, but still prefer to lift the hatch. It takes me away from the helm for about 20 seconds to do a quick look, listen and sniff. No problem around here with minimal traffic or hazards on the water.
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We are strong believers in cameras throughout, all through a wireless network. Specifically, the engine room camera does several things for us. It allows us to see and listen anytime. It allows us also to immediately check if any alarms, such as a bilge alarm go off. We do this whether we're on the boat or not. I don't see any negative in having the camera and every once in a while you're glad you have it. As to comments about distracting, only if you obsess over it. It's not something we're constantly looking at.
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If one's helm position is close to the engine room/compartment where one can smell and hear unusual smells and sounds, the less one needs to have a remote camera fixated on the engine(s). ... Engine-room cameras create another distraction from what is going on the water.
This statement could not be further from correct, unless you sit in the engine room all the time having the ability to glance at conditions in the E.R. at anytime is priceless. Even if one did 20 minute checks of the E.R. how much damage can fire or water ingress do in that short of time?.

I will never own a boat with out remote monitoring of the E.R from the helm.

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You have a link for the camera?
Seems to be identical camera and screen but I got a 2 camera kit.
Been working fine for 18 mths, pitch black engine room lights up well on the screen.
Detail good enough that I spotted the raw water pump getting the wobbles on a night passage and could then monitor the situation until we got to our destination.

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Seems to be identical camera and screen but I got a 2 camera kit.
Been working fine for 18 mths, pitch black engine room lights up well on the screen.
Detail good enough that I spotted the raw water pump getting the wobbles on a night passage and could then monitor the situation until we got to our destination.

So you have a camera, and you have a display unit... and a long cable. I think OP's question is about whether he can connect a camera to the display unit he already has (iPad) without a cable.

I wouldn't mind a wireless set-up either. An engine room camera would be useful, but not worth the pain of running a wire from our ER to our bridge.

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I think OP's question is about whether he can connect a camera to the display unit he already has (iPad) without a cable.
Absolutely. $14 on Amazon:


Also look at Infrared backup cameras. I tried one but it kept putting the "parking space" lines on the image. Haven't gone back to see if that was the camera or the display doing that.
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I have two cameras in the engine room connected to my Garman 8212 chart plotters. They are connected via BNC connector.
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