How to Install the NMEA 2000 Lowrance Starter Kit

by Zach Lazzari
The starter kit is especially useful on open water vessels.

The starter kit is especially useful on open water vessels.

The NMEA Lowrance starter kit is a networking tool for boats. The kit is a budget oriented solution to reading all of your instruments. The network allows all NMEA devices on the boat to communicate and share information. This is a valuable tool for streamlining all of the electronics on your boat. Many boats have GPS, sonar, instrument gauges and sensors for engine readings. The NMEA 2000 connects all of these tools to make them act as a network on the system.

Install the head unit in the dash on the boat. Connect the head unit to a section of cable with a female connector and plug it into the unit. Run the cable to a "T" connector. Attach a terminator to one end. Run a power cord from the upright to the battery.

Run the included cable from the remaining end of the "T" and into another "T" connector. Run the cable from the upright to the fuel sensor. Attach an NMEA approved connector to the sensor.

Run another section of cable from the remaining end of the "T" to a new "T." Run the cable from the upright to the GPS and attach with an NMEA approved clip. Run another section of wire to a new "T."

Run a cable from the upright to the sonar and make the connection using the NMEA approved clip.

Continue to make "T" connections until you have all of your instruments networked. Cap the final "T" then test the head unit. All of the readings should be accessible from the head unit.

Items you will need

  • Lowrance NMEA starter kit.

Tip

  • Connect all of the instruments in succession to eliminate crossing cables and confusing the process.

Warning

  • Make sure all of the cables are snug before using the unit. Check all of the clip and plug connections to ensure they are matching NMEA approved connections.

About the Author

Zach Lazzari is a Montana based freelance outdoor writer and photographer. You can follow his work at bustedoarlock.com.

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