Product Reviews: NMEA Sensors

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Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS Class B Transponder

PROs:

CONs:

  • Creates its own WiFi network on board
  • Uses an existing VHF antenna
  • Fully waterproof

FLIR AX8 Marine Thermal Monitoring System

PROs:

  • Up to eight cameras can be connected via Ethernet
  • Small footprint 2.1” x 1” x 3.1”
  • Affordable thermal imaging

CONs:

  • Multi positioning mounting bracket sold separately

Nobeltec TimeZero Catch

PROs:

  • Instrument connection through NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, and Furuno NavNet network by Ethernet
  • Supports MM3D Jeppesen, Navionics, or MapMedia charts
  • Free ocean data including Sea Surface Temperature and Altymetry

CONs:

  • Requires 40GB of free hard disk memory

Siren Marine Monitoring System Pixie/Sprite

PROs:

  • Internal 48 hour reserve battery
  • Global GSM coverage
  • Reports to email

CONs:

  • Android app still in development (October 2014)

Maretron DCM100 DC Monitor

PROs:

  • Includes battery harness with fuse, and temperature sensor
  • Waterproof connectors
  • Sealed waterproof enclosure

CONs:

  • Amp-hour counting methodology never shows full battery

Raymarine a9/a12 MFD

PROs:

  • 10Hz internal GPS and external antenna support
  • Video over IP support for security cameras
  • Built-in Bluetooth for remote control of music

CONs:

  • RMK-9 wired remote and RCU-3 wireless steering remote not included

Humminbird ION Series MFD

PROs:

  • USB port and Dual SD card slot
  • TriFuel Cartography provides access to Navionics, C-MAP by Jeppesen, and Humminbird charts
  • Full NMEA 0183/2000 compatibility

CONs:

  • Wireless antenna accessory sold separately

Maretron SIM100 Switch Indicator Module

PROs:

  • NMEA 2000 certified
  • Can monitor numerous detectors and switches
  • Reverse battery protection

CONs:

  • Large footprint
  • Cost for single switch use

Vesper Marine AIS WatchMate 850

PROs:

  • Integrated AIS Transponder, no need for “black boxes”
  • Ultra low power consumption
  • 50 channel GPS receiver

CONs:

  • Sound of alarm is not very audible at far distance with engine running and/or very windy

Maretron SMS100

PROs:

  • • Programmable alerts (alarms or warnings)
  • Six band GSM modem
  • Easily interchangeable mini-SIM card

CONs:

  • Only works with Maretron devices
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