C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Elbow deep in the electrical panel

My research into NMEA0183 and our various devices on board yielded mixed results.  Internet searching over my morning coffee lead to Actisense's guide to NMEA0183   I found this document super helpful and would encourage others working with NMEA0183 to check it out.  I'm guessing Actisense also has a NMEA2000 guide as well.

Completely caffeinated and not completely understanding everything I now knew, I proceeded out to C'est la Vie to finalize the installation of the network block ...
The image above is of the completed installation.  The installation was straight forward once I figured out the coding of the wires on the various devices. The Raymarine Tiller Pilot and the handheld VHF are receiving data from the Garmin 492GPS, but the Icom422 refuses to listen.  Does anyone out there have experience with this issue?  My next step is to post this same question on some marine chat boards.

While installating the block, I also worked to organize and streamline the wiring in the electrical panel.  This turned into more of a project that the network block and left me elbow deep in the electrical panel until sunset.  Below is an image of the results of my efforts...
Compared to the before image posted on June 8th there are only subtle visual differences.  The greatest differences are what you don't see.  Gone are a number of unused coaxial cables. The wires in the upper and lower sections of the box are now bound together and secured via zip ties to the box.  Finally, I'm waging an ongoing campaign to label all the various breakers and buses and made great strides on this goal.

Hopefully with all of todays efforts the electrical panel can stay closed for awhile...
At least until someone provides an answer to the VHF/GPS communication question.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    Glad that the Actisense NMEA 0183 guide helped you out. We are just compiling an NMEA 2000 one as well. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.