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The day after Defender's Warehouse Sale ended my very old Autohelm 1000 died. I tried to fix the loose connections to see if that was it. That did not work. So, instead of opening up the unit and hoping for the best I have gotten permission from the CFO to buy a new one. I would like to be able to connect the tiller pilot to my future NMEA 2000 network. Both the Simrad and Raymarine units have NMEA 0183 and the Simnet/Seatalk connections. I would rather not have to buy a converter for the proprietary networks. Can I connect the tiller pilot via 0183 to a GPS or display that is both 2000 and 0183 capable and receive info on the tiller pilot without any converters from 2000 only instruments?

My other option is to live without a tiller pilot until one has a 2000 connection.
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Some mixed messages here:

NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 Compatability - Moderated Discussion Areas

NMEA 2000 reverse compatible w/ NMEA 0183 electronics? (re: Standard Horizon Intrepid LE) - The Hull Truth

But this document may answer your questions... (and some you didn't have) in particular see pg 18.

http://www.lowrance.com/upload/Lowra...173_112006.pdf

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Currently, Raymarine and Simrad do not make a NMEA 2000 compatible tillerpilot AFAIK. Any tillerpilot you get will be NMEA 0183 as of today. Any GPS with NMEA 0183 output should interface with the Raymarine or Simrad autopilots.
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After reading the links above, checking out Maretron's website and talking to my local electronics guys I have determined that NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 are not directly compatible. I will have to contact Germin to see if I can have one device on both networks. I did learn that NMEA 2000 uses the same sentences as NMEA 0183, plus a few others. The main difference with the devices is the ability to decode all of the traffic from the various sources. 0183 does not allow multiple talkers at once while 2000 does.

I found the best resource to be Maretron's site since it did not get into any proprietary networks.
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