NMEA adds course for IBEX and METS

For the first time, the NMEA will offer a full-day installer training course at two of the world's largest marine equipment shows .

For the first time, the National Marine Electronics Association will offer a full-day NMEA 2000 installer training course at two of the world's largest marine equipment shows — the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference and the Marine Equipment Trade Show.

The sessions will be held the day before each of the shows opens.

The NMEA 2000 network course is primarily targeted for the beginner or those who have been installing NMEA 2000 but would like more information, more clarity and an opportunity to share ideas with others who have installed the network.

Topics include cables, connectors, specifications, physical planning and documentation, power sources and distribution, voltage drop calculations, data messages (Parameter Group Numbers, or PGNs), connecting to other data sources, network setup and troubleshooting.

Students will learn the near- and long-term benefits of NMEA 2000-certified equipment, accepted installation practices for NMEA 2000 backbone cable and products, including selection of cable, power application points, and alternatives that make the network work best.

They also will gain sufficient working knowledge of NMEA 2000 to successfully troubleshoot problems when they arise and correctly identify/repair/replace the faulty device or network cabling problems.

The Super Session at IBEX will be held on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Marine electronics installer and NMEA instructor John Barry will teach the course at IBEX. The Super Session price is $350, which includes lunch.

The course at METS will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association will lead the METS session.