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Interfacing Instruments with Navigational Software
My new (5 year old) boat came with a full set of B&G Network instruments (autopilot, speed/depth, wind & GPS) and Furuno radar. They do not appear to be interfaced with one another. There is what appears to be a serial connection for a computer near the nav station. Am I correct in assuming that the radar and the B&G instruments can probably be linked using a laptop and navigation software connected to this serial connection? If yes, how difficult is this to set up and configure? Can someone suggest a good source of information on how this works? What is a good navigational software package to use for this?