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Well sadly one can never interface a sextant into a autopilot either (although wouldn't that be nifty the first ever interface able NMEA 2000 Sextant....)

The problem with all three NMEA standards is that they are standards but implemented slightly differently. While the communication protocol is the same its the hardwiring that is either in the end a DIY hodge-podge of connectors splices and what nots or the $$$ of buying tons of interconnecting cables so you can plug and play.... The industry is getting around to it but not quite so uniformly yet (reminds me of Web Standards and how you can have a SOAP protocol - to implement them on Java and .Net requires significant amount of work to in coding to make it actually work)....

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