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You have this on a Bristol 26? Seems like a bit of electronic overkill. From my brief over view you should be able to view anything on the NMEA 2000 network via an android or iOS device. If you hook it up to a router/access point that is connected to marina WiFi you likely would be able to remote in and check on the electronics from any internet connection. So if you want to know the winds speed or direction in the marina then you could tell via the app while at work. Not that much of it would useful, unless you have some sort of web cams to check out what is going on on board. One would hope the speed over ground would be 0 while in a slip! I suppose you could hook it up to a MiFi or similar device you should be able to connect to the boat whenever it is within cell phone range. So if you had someone else on the boat near shore you might be able to keep an "eye" on them.

I could see this being useful as a second station say at a chart table so you could see it on an iPad or such, or a racing boat to give multiple people a view of conditions. But on a small cruiser it seems like gross overkill and not the easiest way to go. Look for some posts from Bene505 he has a set up with some webcams he can access via remote connections.
Gotta admit, I'm really scratching my head over this one :)

Why would one want to be able to check the fuel level on a Bristol 26 while sitting in a restaurant in town?

Well, simply because one CAN, of course... :) No different from being able to remotely start your BMW sitting in long term parking at JFK while you're sitting on a beach in Cancun, I suppose it's worth $500 to some folks to know it's POSSIBLE to do so, should the need ever arise...

Sorry, this sort of stuff is completely lost on me - especially on a 26-footer whose greatest virtues are those of simplicity, and economy... And, if you're not sufficiently confident in your boat being anchored securely that you feel the need to keep checking on its position throughout the course of your dinner in town, you should have stayed aboard the damn thing to begin with... :)
 
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