NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04

$249.00

The NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04 records GPS data, AIS data and other sensor data (wind, depth, temperature, etc.) connected to the NMEA 2000 network. This voyage data can be post analysed, presenting weather conditions, problem diagnostics, logbooks and more. This information will assist with future voyage planning.

The NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04r store the data on a MicroSD memory card. Data presented on the NMEA 2000 includes own position, course, speed, depth, water temperature, log, wind speed and direction, and AIS data of nearby vessels. Digital data from the engine water and fuel tanks, battery level, etc. can be included. List of supported data types is included below.

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Description

NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04

PRODUCT CODE: YDVR-04

The NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04 records GPS data, AIS data and other sensor data (wind, depth, temperature, etc.) connected to the NMEA 2000 network. This voyage data can be post analysed , presenting weather conditions, problem diagnostics, logbooks and more. This information will assist with future voyage planning.

The NMEA 2000 Voyage Recorder YDVR-04r store the data on a MicroSD memory card. Data presented on the NMEA 2000 includes own position, course, speed, depth, water temperature, log, wind speed and direction, and AIS data of nearby vessels. Digital data from the engine water and fuel tanks, battery level, etc. can be included.List of supported data types is included below.

In addition to all the features of the previous model (YDVR-03), new YDVR-04 model also has audio input and allows recording of audio from a VHF line out (and from speaker output of some models) or microphone amplifier output. Audio data are stored to standard audio files with a .WAV extension, which can be played by virtually all software.

Picture 1. Voyage Recorder’s track, click here to enlarge

YDVR Converter software that comes with the Recorder is installed on a personal computer and allows GPX and CSV files to be generated with the vessel’s track and extensive information about the sailing conditions (click on a track’s point at the map above for example), including weather, depth, engine, and even tracks of nearby vessels with AIS. GPX files can be viewed in Google Earth, Garmin MapSource and other cartographic applications. They can also be loaded into newer models of Garmin and Raymarine chartplotters. CSV files may be opened in spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc to visualize data using charts and build the graphic reports.

Video 1. A file loaded to the Google Earth is generated by Recorder’s software

Data files of YDVR-04 model contain internal links to the audio files, and the software places links to audio files at the geographical points in the GPX file where they were recorded. In this way, you can select a point on your track, check what the weather was, and, for example, find the file with the weather forecast recorded from VHF at the same time. Or listen to your VHF conversations with other vessel. This allows reconstruction of your sailing in full detail!

You can also connect a microphone (an amplifier is required for most types) to the input of the Recorder and use audio recording as a “voice log book”; your recordings will be linked to the time and place where they were done.

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Picture 2. Screenshot of Libre Office Calc with Voyage Recorder’s CSV file, click to enlarge

PC software can convert Voyage Recorder data to OpenSkipper, CanBoat and Signal K formats. Marine electronics specialists can diagnose N2K problems using free and open source OpenSkipper. This product can “replay” NMEA 2000 recordings and has an excellent log viewer. You may load Voyage Recorder data to OpenSkipper and decode all N2K messages.

We also recommend paying attention to free CAN Log Viewer software, it can “play” your data recordings on a PC screen in real time and help in analyzing of network problems.

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Picture 3. Screenshot of OpenSkipper with YDVR data, click to enlarge

With Voyage Recorder you can get a real multi-page, editable and printable logbook of your voyage with just a few mouse clicks. The log book is generated by a template, you modify the template supplied with the program in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Write. Or you can create your own template! Click here to view tne screenshot of auto generated logbook.

The Recorder’s software is available free of change and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Software package also contains the test data from real sailing vessel, so you can download it right now and play with it. Recorder’s file format is open, fully documented and free to use — you owns your data!

On average, one second of recording requires 1000-2000 bytes on the memory card, and the average 16 GB card is enough for 100..200 days of sailing. The Device does not require configuration, and automatic deletion of old data means you do not have to worry about running out of space. Plug the Device into your onboard network, insert the card, and you can forget about it until you need the data. Covert installation is also supported, it may be useful if you rent out your yacht.

Voyage Recorder also can play recorderd messages to a physical CAN network (see section X. of Manual). This feature is targeted at developers, and may help to demonstrate, test and emulate equipment. Note that Voyage Recorder may record and play messages not only in NMEA 2000 networks, but on any network which works at 50, 125, 250, 500 or 1000 kbps speed, for example in J1939 network.

The Recorder is designed for operation in an NMEA 2000 network, and is certified by National Marine Electronics Association. All models are compatible with a wide range of equipment supporting NMEA 2000. Raymarine SeaTalk NG, Simrad SimNet, and Furuno CAN networks are branded versions of NMEA 2000 and differ only by connector type. Garmin uses the NMEA 2000 Micro connector in its devices, which is compatible with the DeviceNet Micro connector.

Picture 4. Drawing of the Voyage Recorder YDVR-04

Recorder is supplied with different types of connectors (see the User Guide), making it possible to connect it to networks of different manufacturers without any adaptors. The Device model is shown on the case.

Voyage Recorder Data Types

The following data types are available in .GPX (tracks), .CSV (spreadsheet) and XML output files produced by PC software of Voyage Recorder.

  • Navigation
    • Time and Date
    • GPS Position (Latitude, Longitude)
    • Depth (actual, min, max)
    • STW, Speed Through Wate (actual, min, max)
    • Heading (actual, min, max)
    • COG, Course Over Ground (actual, min, max)
    • SOG, Speed Over Ground (actual, min, max)
    • Log and Trip Distance
    • Yaw, Roll and Pitch (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • Rudder (actual, mediane, average, min, max; two rudders)
    • Trim Tabs (actual, min, max; port and starboard)
  • Environment
    • TWS, True Wind Speed (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • TWA, True Wind Angle (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • TWD, True Wind Direction (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • AWS, Apparent Wind Speed (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • AWA, Apparent Wind Angle (actual, mediane, average, min, max)
    • Water Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Air (Outside) Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Relative Humidity (actual, min, max; inside and outside)
    • Atmospheric Pressure (actual, min, max)
  • Boat Systems
    • Inside (Saloon) Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Main Cabin Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Live Well Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Bite Well Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Engine Room Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Freezer Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Fridge Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Heating System Temperature (actual, min, max)
    • Battery Voltage (actual, min, max)
    • Fuel Level (actual, min, max; two tanks)
    • Fresh Water Level (actual, min, max; two tanks)
    • Black Water Level (actual, min, max; two tanks)
  • Engine
    • RPM, Engine Speed (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Engine Hours (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Fuel Rate (actual, average, min, max; four engines)
    • Engine Load (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Boost Pressure (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Coolant Temperature (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Coolant Pressure (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Oil Temperature (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Oil Pressure (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Exhaust Gas Temperature (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Transmission Oil Temperature (actual, min, max; four engines)
    • Transmission Oil Pressure (actual, min, max; four engines)
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    • Forestay Load (actual, min, max)
    • Backstay Load (actual, min, max)
    • Boom Vang Load (actual, min, max)
    • Inner Forestay Load (actual, min, max)
    • Inner Forestay Halyard Load (actual, min, max)
    • Jib Halyard Load (actual, min, max)
    • Outhaul Load (actual, min, max)
    • Code Zero Load (actual, min, max)
    • Bobstay Load (actual, min, max)
    • J1, J2, J3, J4 Load (actual, min, max)
    • Mast Base Load (actual, min, max; base #1 and base #2)
    • Mainsheet Load (actual, min, max)
    • D0, D1, V0, V1 Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Runner Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Foil Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Sailtack Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Deflect Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard, uppler, lower)
    • Rudder Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Reacher Load (actual, min, max)
    • Blage Load (actual, min, max)
    • Staysail Load (actual, min, max)
    • Tack Load (actual, min, max)
    • Solent Load (actual, min, max; general, port, starboard)
    • Winch Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Spinnaker Halyard Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • Main Halyard Load (actual, min, max; port, starboard)
    • General Load (actual, min, max; #1 and #2)
  • Audio Recording
    • File name, duration
  • AIS, Automatic Identification System (GPX format only)
    • Name, MMSI, IMO
    • AIS Class
    • Vessel type
    • Length, Beam, Draft
    • Destination (class “A” only)
    • Position, Time and Date
    • Track-based Course and Speed
    • Individual Track for Each Vessel

For additional technical details, please see the YDVR-04 User Guide and FAQ. The User Guide of legacy model YDVR-03 is available here.