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Old 02-05-2016, 09:21 PM
wyliek wyliek is offline
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I am planning on buying a Helix 9 si/gps for my boat real soon. I understand that I can also monitor my engine performance via the NMEA feature, but am absolutely clueless about what I may need to buy to make it work. The motor is a 2014 Evinrude 60hp Etec.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:50 PM
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I can't help you with the NMEA, but thought I would share a bit of info on the 9SI. The Helix 9 SI comes standard with the compact SI transducer. The Helix 10 SI comes with the HD SI transducer, which gives a bit better detail. You can upgrade the transducer after you purchase you 9 SI using Humminbird's transducer exchange program. The upgrade cost around $85. It might not be a big deal to most, but I thought I should share the info. I'm doing the exchange so I have the HD transducer on my bow motor and transom.
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Old 02-06-2016, 05:59 AM
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I am planning on buying a Helix 9 si/gps for my boat real soon. I understand that I can also monitor my engine performance via the NMEA feature, but am absolutely clueless about what I may need to buy to make it work. The motor is a 2014 Evinrude 60hp Etec.
The link below opens a PDF file that gives a visual of how the NMEA network should be setup. Only the 5 port switch and the NMEA Black box are actually Humminbird parts. You can purchase the Lowrance NMEA 2000 network starter kit to establish the NMEA 2000 network. The starter kit runs around $70. (Lowrance part # 124-69)

The Humminbird black box is part number 408390-1.

Your Lowrance / Evinrude engine interface cable that connects from your outboard (provided you have the ECM) to the NMEA 2000 backbone is part number 120-62.

The Humminbird 5 port switch pictured in the diagram is part # 408450-1.

http://www.humminbird.com/WorkArea/D...t.aspx?id=3082

Hope this helps...... Brian
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:36 AM
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So, your saying another couple of hundred bucks?
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:45 AM
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So, your saying another couple of hundred bucks?
-NMEA Starter Kit
-Low/Evinrude engine interface cable
-Humminbird Black Box

About $350.00 give or take without the 5 port switch.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:56 AM
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To learn about connecting a modern outboard engine like the Evinrude E-TEC to NMEA-2000, read my article on that topic at

NMEA-2000 Networks and Modern Outboard Engines
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/ref.../NMEA2000.html
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:18 AM
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Brian, and James

First, thank you for your insight it is appreciated.

Second, based on what I see this a costly option, and not a simple "plug and play" item as one would expect in todays day and age.
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