Best marine engine/fuel/electrical monitors
10/26/2020

Keeping track of your vessel’s operating systems is akin to tracking your own physical vital signs. It’s always better to catch problems early on when you can remedy bad situations than experiencing a shutdown.(Lede towing shot) This week and next we’ll look at monitors that will keep you informed about the health of your boat’s engine, fuel and electrical systems. Some of the monitors are a bit complicated. We include them so you’ll have some background when talking to your dealer about what equipment is out there to keep you boating safely and without interruption.

Monitoring devices are one of 19 categories of products that we describe in our annual lineup called the Best & Brightest Boating Electronics. We ask manufacturers to tell us which model in these categories they consider to be their best—not necessarily the most advanced or latest but the one than delivers the highest marks overall. That could be their most popular model or the one that has passed the test of time. Categories range from multifunction displays and radars to fishfinders and communications electronics. Click here to see last week’s rollout of emergency signaling devices—EPIRBs and PLBs.


Maretron MPower CLMD12

The new 12-channel DC Load Module replaces standard mechanical circuit breakers and switches with state-of-the-art digital power distribution. Programmable multi-channel DC electronic load modules in a scalable configuration, each capable of switching up to 5, 10, or 12 amps with a total current capacity of 75 amps. Provides fast switching and low-loss solid-state on/off switches. The CLMD12 connects directly to the NMEA 2000 network, allowing breakers to be turned on and off from a Maretron TSM-Series display or any device running Maretron N2KView, including Maretron’s MBB-Series black boxes or smart phones/tablets running N2KView software. Easily handles resistive DC loads like lights and inductive DC loads like pumps and motors, reporting the current through each of the 12 breakers.


Delta T Systems C2

Commercial and recreational marine engines require optimal ventilation at the correct temperature and pressure for peak performance. With Delta T Systems’ C2 Plus Ventilation Controller, it’s easy to manage the speeds of one or more axial fans with its full-color, four-inch touchscreen. Located in the engine room or remotely, it uses the same functionality and wiring as the original C2, so it’s easy to upgrade without having to pull new wiring or reprogram the speed drives. Future-proof, it’s engineered to leverage upgrades. When the C2 Plus Ventilation Controller receives a startup signal from the engine(s), the device automatically starts the fans. It has an emergency stop function and communicates with fire detection and suppression systems. Airflow direction can be reversed, if needed.

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