Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2000

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Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2000

Postby aviator1 » Wed May 20, 2015 4:10 pm

Finally was able to finish the wiring and the hook up for the interface between the engine and the chartplotter. Needed to use a J1939 to NEMA2000 Gateway from Maretron.
Big thanks to Chris who helped along the way and the results are great.
Aside from the parameters that are shown on the pictures, any alarm that comes up with the engine will also display.
If you are attempting to do this, please dont hesitate to ask any questions as this process was tricky just trying to figure out how the engine communicates. The help by Volvo was a big none.

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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby M&S » Wed May 20, 2015 8:39 pm

Pretty cool setup! Where exactly is that mount? Can you take a pic or two at a wider angle?
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby GoVols » Thu May 21, 2015 8:01 am

That is pretty sweet Avaiator! What info does it tell you that's not already on the dash gauges? I do like the fact that it'll tell you error codes.

Can you program the engine at all?

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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby ImRich » Thu May 21, 2015 9:31 am

I'd love to do this. but at about $800+ for two of these for twin engines.... wow!

OR? Does anyone know if Regal has set the Port and Starboard engine addresses in the 2005 8.1 Gi engines so that I could use only one of these to convert from J1939 to NEMA2000?
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby aviator1 » Thu May 21, 2015 7:37 pm

You can get it done cheaper than that, I bought mine off of Ebay for around $100 plus the wiring and the connector and pins, I probably have $150 in total invested in it.
You will need two maretron boxes and one NEMA2000 set up and you should be good to go. The NEMA2000 was $76 for the starter kit and an extra harness.
Honestly the worst part is trying to figure out the wires to tap into as Volvo was of no help.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby aviator1 » Thu May 21, 2015 7:47 pm

I havent gone into all the parameters which it can display but pretty much anything the engine computer is seeing, I should be able to see as far as parameters. The more important thing to me is if the engine starts beeping for some random reason, the chartplotter will actually give out a fault code that I can understand and maybe do something with it.

it will also report how many gallons per hour and miles per gallon the boat is using and also report total fuel used, both should be helpful specially with the funky fuel tank gauges we have!
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby dewman » Fri May 22, 2015 12:18 am

aviator1 wrote:You can get it done cheaper than that, I bought mine off of Ebay for around $100 plus the wiring and the connector and pins, I probably have $150 in total invested in it.
You will need two maretron boxes and one NEMA2000 set up and you should be good to go. The NEMA2000 was $76 for the starter kit and an extra harness.
Honestly the worst part is trying to figure out the wires to tap into as Volvo was of no help.


It would be super wonderful if you could document the wiring etc. and post it here, so anyone else trying to accomplish what you have would have an easier time of it! :D
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby britsurf » Sun May 24, 2015 7:20 pm

Hi...I really want to different this project, but are all the research I'm still a bit unclear as to exactly what is needed and how to connect the converter to the engine.
Can you please provide the part number for your j1939 converter and specific details on wiring? I have the 2014 5.7l 300 penta without joystick control (non evc) and am worried about splicing into or connecting to the wrong connector or wires. There are several connection blocks on the motor that dangle and don't seem to go anywhere, but I'm not sure what they are for.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby Morgz » Sun May 24, 2015 8:30 pm

Nice, I'd love to do this for the fuel burn readout alone, but I think it would get too expensive for my liking. I have a Garmin 545s and wouldn't you know it... No NMEA connection, so I'd need a new chart plotter before I even started. Bummer.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby aviator1 » Sun May 24, 2015 8:36 pm

The fuel used has been nice, yesterday I topped off the boat and set the chartplotter to 35 gallons (full tank). We ran around for a couple of hours and at the end it was showing 21 gallons left. nothing is hooked up to the fuel tank, you tell it how fuel you have on board and it counts back based on what the engine sees as fuel used.
The only reason I did this is to see the engine alarms and what they mean, aside from that...its nice to play with!
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-Done

Postby ImRich » Tue May 26, 2015 9:49 am

aviator1 wrote:You can get it done cheaper than that, I bought mine off of Ebay for around $100 plus the wiring and the connector and pins, I probably have $150 in total invested in it.
You will need two maretron boxes and one NEMA2000 set up and you should be good to go. The NEMA2000 was $76 for the starter kit and an extra harness.
Honestly the worst part is trying to figure out the wires to tap into as Volvo was of no help.


If you could, please document all the part numbers and source of these components. For this price I will probably do it.

My engines are probably 2004 vintage 8.1L Gi's as my boat was a 2005 model. So I need to look and see if I have the needed connectors. There must be some info there as the mechanic can connect his computer to read the engine status.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby ImRich » Tue May 26, 2015 9:18 pm

Did some googling and found this humorous but applicable blog:
http://themarineinstallersrant.blogspot ... -crap.html
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Tue May 26, 2015 9:40 pm

I must say Bill has a great sense of humor and tells it like it is. I agree with most of his "boat builders suck" when it comes to trying to do things to them after they have been built, and not being designed well with that in mind. All about making it as cheap and quick as you can and that nobody will every need to pull a cable or anything will ever break after its sold. :shock:
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby ImRich » Wed May 27, 2015 8:37 am

Agreed! LOL

I'm also watching ebay. All of the Maretron J1939 bridges I can find are just under $400 each ($380 to $390). Someone was very lucky finding one ore two for $100! I'm Jealous!
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby britsurf » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:29 pm

Hi Aviator,
Can you provide any details on the wiring/splicing please?
Not sure exactly where on the motor to make connections.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby aviator1 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:29 pm

Sorry for the delay in posting replies to the forum!

I will list the steps below:
1-build your NEMA2000 network, Garmin makes a kit that contains pretty much everything, you will need to add to that the cable that goes to the Maretron box.
2-Purchase a Maretron J2K100 box, I picked up mine on ebay.
3-Purchase a chartplotter or fish finder with NEMA2000 capability.
4-Locate your CAN HIGH and CAN LOW wires on your engine. On my engine it was a caped Grey square connector and also there is a flap black connector that contains the wiring. You can purchase the wiring and the connectors to plug them into the engine from wirecare.com, you will need a DT06-6S connector and the pins are 0462-201-16141.
My CAN-H wire was blue with pink stripe and the CAN-L was blue with white stripe (please validate this and do this at your own risk on your own motor, motors are different).
5-follow instructions on hook up that come with the Maretron box.
6-Enjoy!

The tech support from Maretron was very helpful and also if you search on the forum here, there are alot of posts with pictures of the connectors.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby ImRich » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:51 am

It would be nice to create one place, with all the applicable pictures, diagrams, part numbers in one place.
Also include model year of engines where this has worked, etc.

It makes things easier to understand.

If I can find some low priced J1939 bridges, I'll be happy to do this as I setup my project.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby ImRich » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:20 pm

That's a great price for this. Unfortunately my engine has a MEFI-4 interface. I don't think I have the EVC system, which seems to be used on newer engines. But perhaps I can simply connect to the MEFI-4 interface connector to pick up the J1939 data?

Other than what you listed above, the closest I've found as a plug and play is this one by Fox Marine:

http://fox-marine.com/index.php?route=p ... ry&path=81

But the cost is a bit more for me as I need to add the NEMA-2000 backbone cables which I don't have at the moment.
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:19 pm

Rich you wouldn't have EVC but should have J1939 on those. You would need to check on the Fox units just to make sure that they would work with the VP engines as VP had to be a bit different than Merc. Your engines might be in the EGC era as well, it happened right in that timeframe. I am not sure that those engines have the 10 pin connector on them, if I remember correctly VP uses an 8 pin data link connector, could be wrong on that. You would need to double check.

Even on the older engines they still reference the Vodia connector as an EVC based connector on the pre-EGC based ones. Although per the Yacht devices they do want real EVC based engines, in which point VP already makes the Network gateway device as well as told by the fact that they want the Tachs using the CAN bus (EVC) and not analog connections.

The other option that I can think of would be the Analog adapter that can be wired into the existing gauges. Would be pretty simple to do, no connectors, just standard wire.

http://www.actisense.com/products/nmea- ... emu-1.html
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Re: Volvo Penta hooked up to Garmin Chartplotter-J1939 NEMA2

Postby rlynch03 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:43 pm

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ImRich wrote:It would be nice to create one place, with all the applicable pictures, diagrams, part numbers in one place.
Also include model year of engines where this has worked, etc.

It makes things easier to understand.

If I can find some low priced J1939 bridges, I'll be happy to do this as I setup my project.


Is $189 enough cheap for J1939<=>NMEA 2000 gateway with built-in Y-connector? :roll:

http://www.yachtd.com/products/engine_gateway.html

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