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Old 02-28-2018, 06:34 AM   #6
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The ST6001 is the pilot display model number. Your course computer is probably an S1 or S2 (gray square shaped box) or perhaps a type 100 or type 300 (black rectangular shaped) ,neither of which accepts or uses nmea2000. I would still interface the new plotters to the pilot via nmea0183 even if you only use the pilot as a stand-alone pilot. The benefits of interfacing that would be most important would be that the plotter would automatically communicate magnetic variation for the area you're currently in which could help the steering characteristics. The plotter also tells the pilot your boat speed so that the pilot can change the steering parameters according to how fast or how slow you are going at the time.
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