Carol Cruise

Took Merva into Porpoise Bay to meet other boats for the Carol Cruise. The girls showed up for the cruise (nice!). They ate Subway and played Monopoly during the trip. Unfortunately I left early and missed the other boats. This was because two boats circled Poise Island. I thought that the turn out was poor and left for home. Oops. But all was good – no drama and the weather was about as good as we could have hoped for.

 

Navigation Electronics: AIS

I have been trying to solve some problems with the navigation electronics. One of them is the AIS from the VHF not showing up on the chart plotter.  The chart plotter is a Furuno NavNet vx2 (also known as a GP-1920c… also known as a RDP-149). The V HF is Standard Horizon GX 2150 Matrix AIS+. The existing connection looked like this;

VHF                   NavNet vx2
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Brown                 -
Blue                  White
Grey                  Yellow
Green                 Black & Green

I changed the baud from 4800 to 38400 (allowing AIS to go out ‘all the time’) and I changed the wiring to the following;

VHF                   NavNet vx2
-------------------------------------
Brown                 Green
Blue                  White
Grey                  Yellow
Green                 Black

In both cases they used ‘Data 2’ on the NavNet vx2. I noticed that the VHF was still getting GPS from the NavNet vx2 while on the NavNet vx2 I noticed that VDM sentences were arriving. It seemed like the NavNet vx2 did not know what to do with the VDM sentences (they are a package of multiple AIS sentences). I had tried to update the firmware on the NavNet vx2 and failed. I decided that it may have failed because the SD was a vfat and not a simple FAT format. With few remaining options I decided to try, once again, to upgrade the firmware. Success! Now AIS vessels show on the chart plotter. There may be more to do on this (at some later date) as vessel name missing (just its MMSI number and stuff like COG, SOG, etc). For now – I have to use the VHF if I want the vessel name. I am also not seeing myself on vessel watch services even though my MMSI is accurate. Odd. Not sure if DSC is working with the chart plotter but I do have the baud at 38,400 and it is possible on a single cable at this baud. Finally;  still no need for an expensive fluxgate compass (heading sensor) – but this may change when I get into trying to solve the radar problem tomorrow.

Here are my notes (does not show the final wiring I used – mentioned above);

Purchase, Donell

The owner of Merva, Donell, had clearly looked after the boat and had some great fun/adventures aboard. I also; loved his sense for aesthetics on Merva. He was super easy to work with to come to an agreement to buy the boat and more than accommodating with the logistics of the transfer. In short – great guy!

Donell
Donell taking us for a harbour cruise

I returned to Granville Island to spend a few days getting Merva ready for its trip to its new home in Sechelt Inlet. This was mostly varnish on the stripped wood. About 90% of the varnish had already been stripped off so I just put a couple of coats on the bare wood. Talk about low hanging fruit. Big difference!

before varnish
after varnish (2 quick coats)

Valerie and I stayed aboard Merva for a couple of nights. The berth was super awesome. I gather that Donell plans to put a larger boat in there to take full advantage of it.

Granville Island
Granville Island

Loads of activity in there. The big city! Valerie flew off to San Diego for work and I motored Merva to its new home.

 

Merva is back online!

Hi, my name is Peter Harvey… my wife, Valerie Nash, and I just purchased Merva… well actually our company did (Nash, Harvey & Associates Inc). Its new home is Sechelt Inlet and it will be used regularly to go to/from an oyster farm we have – that is getting (hopefully) re-purposed for eco-tourism. It is just a 20 minute trip in very sheltered waters. Occasionally we will go further afield with it but seldom outside of the sheltered waters of; Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet, Narrows Inlet, and Salmon Inlet.