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Old 01-28-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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I'm fitting all new gauges and senders to a landing craft (22 gauges and senders in all) Can anyone recommend a good (cheap) place to supply VDO or similar quality gear that will also export to Vanuatu.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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Try egauges.com. In Michigan, USA. That's where I get a lot of VDO stuff. Ask them about exporting.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:26 AM   #3
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Thanks, their prices look pretty good. I'll contact them, meanwhile, anyone closer to the western seaboard? Not that I guess it will make much difference if they ship UPS.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:17 AM   #4
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VDO may require a number of gauges returned under guarentee, be sure to arrange in advance for all the inop units return.

Have had very poor results with VDO in the past decade.
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VDO may require a number of gauges returned under guarentee .......... ..Have had very poor results with VDO in the past decade.
Interesting statement Fred. Anyone else with similar experience?
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I put new VDO gauges in the lower and upper stations with no problems.

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VDO problems here also.

I have the "quad": Oil, temp. fuel, volts in one gauge. There seems to be a bad connections internally. Indications will be way off, hitting the gauge with my knuckles moves the needles(sometimes) to the correct readings.

They're 15 years old, past warrantee.
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Mine were single gauges, tach, oil, water temp and amps. That might be the difference.

Would be 12 years old now. Still going strong acording to the new owner
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:24 PM   #9
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Will try to get some sort of warrantee but suppliers usually just laugh when you say you are in Vanuatu.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:56 PM   #10
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Would an analog to NMEA 2000 setup be a possibility using the Actisense EMU-1 or Noland RS11? Once that is done, than gauges become logical components on a network and not task specific.

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Old 01-29-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Good point, I installed an n2k backbone on this vessel a while back for fitting fuel computers. Will look into it further.
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Seasmart is another (albeit more expensive at $499) but allows 8 inputs. It can be 0183, wifi or Enet.

NMEA Compatible Wi-Fi Wireless Marine Networking by Chetco Digital Instruments
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:28 PM   #13
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Only problem with those gateways is they only have 6 inputs plus tachometer so I will have to get one for each engine as we measure 6 values per engine. Still, with a garmin GMI20 display still looks cost effective against analogue and will allow electronic data logging through ship's PC.
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What engine are you pulling the data from?
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N14 Cummins with ZF boxes behind
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Another option would be the Lowrance LMF400. It's not as capable as the Garmin gauge, but about 1/2 the price. Maretron just changed their pricing structure on N2K View so it may be a candidate. Look for the recent article on that change on Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub.

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Old 01-30-2014, 02:44 AM   #17
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As we'll only require two displays, one for engine room and one for bridge, the extra cost is not really too much of an issue and the Garmin can display a whole lot more info which is what we need.
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