LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Raymarine’s engine and drive-by-wire steering interface — called the ECI-100 — should help boatbuilders and electronics system installers bridge the gap between the latest engines and steering systems and Raymarine products, the manufacturer announced Wednesday during a seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.
“It’s a very small device that’s a solution for unifying Raymarine with NMEA-compatible and non-compatible engines, and bridging Raymarine systems with drive-by-wire steering systems, such as Volvo IPS,” Raymarine director of marketing Jim Hands said. “Today, we currently integrate with those systems, but it requires a ‘gateway’ from the manufacturer. So if we want to integrate with the steering, we need a gateway, and [with] the engine we need another gateway.”
The gateways can cost thousands of dollars. The new ECI-100 is $299. It collects and connects engine information to give the user access to performance data, fuel consumption and alarms through a full range of Raymarine multifunction displays.
The ECI-100 should hit the market in October. It’s compatible with Volvo Penta, Yamaha Marine Command Link Plus, Caterpillar and Yanmar engines and interfaces with Volvo Penta IPS and Yamaha Helm Master autopilot systems. Compatibility will grow, so check www.raymarine.com for updates.
“It breaks down a lot of barriers for system integrators and boatbuilders,” said Hands. “We plan to add other engine manufacturers as time goes on. Our goal is universal compatibility.”
— Chris Landry