FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby wlad » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:32 am

Hi guys,

Because of some damage made by water in my yacht, I consider to upgrade my old FI-30 Series Instruments.
I have in use following:
- Wind Sensor FI-3003
- S/T Sensor FI-3002
- Depth Tranduser FI-3001
- Fluxgate Compass FI-3004
- Server FI-3005
- GPS GP-31
- analog Wind Angle FI-306
- two multi control displaies FI-301
additionally
- Heading Sensor PG-500, that was connected to the Autopilot FAP511

So, I am going to replace:
- autopilot into NAVpilot - 711C
- two multi control displaies into two FI-70
- additionally will add Junctionbox FI-5002 to connect the NAVpilot-711C with FI-70

The questions are:
- how I can connect the NMEA 0183 signal from Server FI-3005 with the Junctionbox FI-5002?
- can I use PG-500 with NAVpilot-711C, do I need any special connection?
- does the upgraded instalation would work well and fast?


Any advise will be much appreciated.Thanks in advance.
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby wlad » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:53 am

To be more precise, the question is if I can connect the Server FI-3005, through IF-NMEA2K2, to Junctionbox FI-5002?
Does FI-5002 will read NMEA0183 data of heading and wind?
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby Melville » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:19 am

wlad-
The FI30 instruments were never carried or imported by Furuno USA.
The FI5002 is essentially an NMEA2000 backbone made to simplify installations. It doesn't recognize or convert data. For that you would need an 0183 to N2K converter like our IF-NMEA2K2.
FYI-The Navpilot 711C accepts both NMEA0183 and N2K.

I would suggest that you consider replacing the entire FI30 series as it is no longer made and the band aide approach might not be very economical. If you are not located in the USA or Canada I would suggest contacted the local Furuno distributor for assistance. If you let us know where you are located we can advise.
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby wlad » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:34 am

Hi Melveille,
thank you for reply.
I would like to be sure that I understand it, before will spend money.
For sure I will buy Navpilot 711C, two FI-70 and FI5002. I understand that the FI5002 is an NMEA200 backbone.
My understanding is that the Server FI-3005 is kind of NMEA0183 backbone, am I right?
If so can I connect the Server FI-3005, through IF-NMEA2K2, to FI-5002? Would such connection, unable Navpilot711C and Fi-70 reading data from NMEA0183 side?
Sorry for my stupid question if it is obvious.
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby Melville » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:58 am

wlad-

I have no knowledge with regards to the FI-3005 as it was never a product sold in the USA.
I will ask one of our technicians if they can possibly answer this as they might have information.
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby Johnny Electron » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:50 am

As long as your FI-30 series hub is functional and can output NMEA 0183, your plans should work fine. The 0183 should translate fine using the Furuno IF-NMEA2k2 converter to get the NMEA 2000 you need. As Melville said, these units were never sold in the USA. If the hub goes bad, then the FI-30s themselves become not compatible. Take good care of that FI-30 hub.
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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby wlad » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:22 am

Hello Johnny,
thank you for the information.
Could you advice in according to the NavPilot 711C.
Can I connect the Heading Sensor PG-500 (that is NMEA0183) directly to Processor FAP-7002 and than FAP-7002 to Junctionbox FI-5002?

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Re: FI-30 Series upgrade to ...?

Postby Johnny Electron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:39 pm

The PG500 can be used with the 700 series but the pilot works better if using the PG700 that comes with the pilot.

Yes you can connect the pilot CANbus (TB11) to the FI-5002 if that is what you are planning.
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