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.
Last edited by nickmerc; 08-18-2011 at 07:19 AM.