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Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby heavywork » Wed May 23, 2018 6:28 am

Has anyone connected their Fusion Stereo to Garmin GPS on a 28 Express? Just looking for some tips on where to find and how to get to the closest NMEA 2000 connection point.
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby xixp » Wed May 23, 2018 5:21 pm

Not the same boat but my Fusion remotes came connected from the factory via the NMEA 2000 Fusion connector so i just simply put a T in the remote farther away from the Fusion head with a nmea power blocker and run that cable to the Garmin/nmea backbone. The power blocking connector is to keep the remotes powered from the Fusion head and keep the Nmea backbone powered separately.

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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby derby » Thu May 24, 2018 9:50 am

I have a 28 Express and as xixp mentioned, the Fusion radio + remotes are interconnected with NMEA 2000 connectors already. I'm not sure what year you have and there are differences in earlier years but my 2016 had a standard (non-powered) NMEA 2000 connector hardwired that connected to a T-connector that then connector to a NMEA2000 backbone to the 2 other remotes. Power was delivered to the remotes over the NMEA 2000 wiring and controlled by the head unit, itself. Earlier years seem to have a powered NMEA 2000 wire that is replaceable to allow you to move to a standard powered NMEA 2000 network by adding a NMEA 2000 power drop cable and replacing the powered (red) cable with a non-powered version. The original config was not a fully functional NMEA 2000 network though and is using their Fusion network design to just power the remotes. You will need to add some T-connectors and terminators to fully utilize the network and connect your Garmin. My end configuration looks similar to what britsurf did in this thread - viewtopic.php?f=24&t=11351. I also went with the YahtD that is described in that thread so I get engine data to the garmin. All in all, it's a great setup. I'd like to get my TV through the Fusion head unit as well but that's going to require some wire pulling.
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby heavywork » Fri May 25, 2018 4:22 am

Thanks for the information. My boat is a 2017 so seems like all I have to do is access the existing backbone cable at the helm fusion remote then add a TEE and run a cable to the Garmin?
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby Kikaboo » Fri May 25, 2018 10:27 am

heavywork wrote:Thanks for the information. My boat is a 2017 so seems like all I have to do is access the existing backbone cable at the helm fusion remote then add a TEE and run a cable to the Garmin?


Yes. However if your fusion has a power NMEA then you will need to add a power blocker. On my boat it was obvious because when I turned OFF the electronics switch at the helm ( powers my NMEA backbone) the light at the switch would illuminate when I turned my fusion on.
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby Ella28 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:01 pm

[quote="derby" I also went with the YahtD that is described in that thread so I get engine data to the garmin.

I have the YachtD gateway but have never been able to get the data to my Garmin! My Garmin sees the device but I do not get data. What's the trick? I'm sure I am missing a step!
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby irish86 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:05 pm

I have an '18 28 Express - wondering why you would be doing this? What are you gaining and what am I missing by not doing? Always wanting to learn... Thanks
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby Kikaboo » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:25 am

irish86 wrote:I have an '18 28 Express - wondering why you would be doing this? What are you gaining and what am I missing by not doing? Always wanting to learn... Thanks


With the fusion connected to the gps, you can control the fusion with the gps touch screen.
Something I’ve done but found almost never really use.
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby Rpontual » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:34 pm

Kikaboo wrote:
irish86 wrote:I have an '18 28 Express - wondering why you would be doing this? What are you gaining and what am I missing by not doing? Always wanting to learn... Thanks


With the fusion connected to the gps, you can control the fusion with the gps touch screen.
Something I’ve done but found almost never really use.


You can configure to have fusion on one line overlay below the chart screen. It is kind of neat, specially if you have two screens ;)
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Re: Fusion Link to Garmin GPS

Postby britsurf » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:58 am

I did it and posted how, here:
www.regalownersforum.com/forum/viewtopi ... 24&t=11351

You can do all this without connecting the engine to the 2K network if you only want Fusion/Garmin connections. May as well hook your VHF to the GPS while you are at it too.
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