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New Raymarine install

Looking for some help with a basic install. These are ALL my instruments and no real plans for anything else.

Following new instruments being installed:
i50 Speed with ST800-P120 Transducer (E26031)
i50 Depth with P19 Transducer (M78713-PZ-A)
i60 Wind with Short Arm Masthead Wind Transducer (E22078)

So each of this transducers come with appropriate cable. So my plan was simply to run cable directly from each transducer to each instrument. Simple enough...add some power and "wha-la"...I'm going. Then I looked at manual and realized there's no direct power hookup. I need to use some additional RM cables. Again, at this point I just need power as I'm not using RM backbone network cabling for transducer data delivery.

So what I want to know is will the following work for my simple set up?

RM A06064 Seatalk ng 5-WAY Connector
RM A06049 Seatalk ng Power Cable
A06031 Seatalk ng Terminator


Note: Each instrument comes with a RM spur cable.

So what I thought I could do is connect STng power cable to my circuit board for power, then other end of STng power to the backbone connector on STng 5-way connector. Connect each instrument to one of the 3 spur connectors on the 5-way.
Finally, put a STng Terminator in other backbone connector on the 5-way.

If that doesn't work then can I just add a STng backbone cable and T-connector between the STng power cable and the 5-way?

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: New Raymarine install

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Looking for some help with a basic install. These are ALL my instruments and no real plans for anything else.
You are on the right track.

As you note the instruments each come with a spur cable.

The 5-way comes with terminators.

The problem is that you need six (6) ports:

Terminator - Speed - Depth - Wind - Power - Terminator

The four (4) in the middle can be in any order.

In addition to the instruments you could get a R70160 cabling kit that has a 5-way, a power cable, two tees, terminators, and a backbone cable. I'd put the 5-way convenient to the instruments and a tee near the electrical panel for power injection.

You said you don't plan for more devices, but if you do change your mind you can replace the tee with another 5-way for additional devices.
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Re: New Raymarine install

Thanks Dave.

Here's what I found interesting and maybe you can tell me if I'm going to run into a power consumption issue. I found that if I run the power cable into one instrument(say depth) and then use spur cable to "jump" from depth to speed and another spur from speed to wind... they all powered up fine. I even hooked up the depth transducer and got good reading from it. (I was at dock so couldn't confirm speed registered...but it did power up fine. Yet to install masthead for wind.)
I tried another configuration using the 5-way. Power into one of the white 5-way...then two spurs from 5-way out to two instruments and finally just "jumped" a spur from one instrument to the third. Again, all powered up successfully.
So what am I missed that I NEED to put a backbone cable into play here? Seems like my first configuration doing the power to one instrument then jumping between the other two would work fine for the cost of just a power cable.
Thanks for replying.
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Re: New Raymarine install

Hi Chuck,

Interesting. I haven't tried what you did with the jumped spur cables. It isn't in the Raymarine documents that I recall as a supported methodology - which doesn't mean it doesn't work or that I haven't missed something. I am a Raymarine Certified Technician - I'll check with "mother Raymarine" to see if there is any downside to what you are doing.

I suspect, without being sure, that power is connected but data is not which at this point you don't care about. Should be good.
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Re: New Raymarine install

Thanks Dave, and thanks in advance should you find anything more about my approach from RM. As you stated...I don't care at this point about the data...just getting power to the instruments. But of course I don't want to mess up one of my instruments if what I'm doing isn't right.
(On the other hand, I don't want to buy more RM cabling than is necessary either. )

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