- Complete with 10 metres of cable
- Accuracy +/- 2 degrees
- Gimballed to +/- 30 degrees
- Output frequency 1Hz
- Outputs NMEA 0183 sentence HDG
- 12V supply
- Dimensions 72mm x 68mm x 40mm
- Weight 475 grams including 10 metre cable
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The new BM-2 Compact is designed for larger battery capacities and higher load currents than its BM-1 Compact sister product.
BM-2 Compact is designed especially for applications where space is at a premium. It fully monitors performance of 12 volt lead acid battery systems with capacities of up to 999 Amp hours. The package is supplied complete with a precision 200 AMP shunt and a prefabricated cable assembly to enable simple DIY installation. The unit continuously monitors voltage, current (charge or discharge), number of amp/hours (charge or discharge), the batteries state of charge and the time to charge or discharge. This information leads to more efficient use of the battery, which can enhance battery life and reduce the risk of failure.
20W Semi Flexible SOLAR PANEL
At just 3.5mm thin our weather proof panels are tough enough to withstand being stepped on when wearing soft soled shoes
A solar panel can provide a near maintenance free solution to keeping batteries charged when unattended. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth is all that is necessary to ensure the panel continues to trickle energy into the battery. Keeping the battery topped up will improve its reliability and can extend its useful working life. Whilst solar panels give their maximum output in direct sunlight, even an overcast day can provide a useful level of charge.
The Nasa Marine 12 volt, semi flexible solar panel is robustly constructed on a fibre glass substrate and are protected by a scratch proof transparent Tedlar polymer. Only 3.5mm thick and lightweight, they have no metal outer components to make contact with the surface to which they are fitted. The efficient and stable polycrystalline cells are encapsulated between two tough outer layers so the whole panel is weatherproof and carries a limited one year warranty.
The panel can be gently flexed (in one dimension.) to follow a smooth curve, such as a coach roof, by up to 2.5cm per 100cm of panel length. Four, grommet finished, holes are provided for screw fixing. Alternatively panels can be glued into position using mastic. The panels do not contain glass and, when correctly mounted, can be stepped upon when wearing soft soled shoes.
A sealed junction box is fitted with 2.5m of output cable, a connector and fuse protected crocodile clips. Electrical connection is simple though the use of a solar regulator is recommended to prevent overcharge if the system is to be left unattended for long periods or the solar panel to battery ratio exceeds the minimum of 10W to 100Ah. An internal blocking diode prevents reverse current drain at night. The panel is protected with an inline 3 Amp fuse.
The 20W panel measures 510 x 360mm
MOBi MOB Indicator
The Nasa MOBi is a state of the art, fail-safe transponder man overboard system. It consists of a base unit and up to eight active transponders for crew or valuable equipment. In operation the base station sequentially interrogates each transponder which then broadcasts its presence. In the event of a crew member falling overboard the drop in signal level is detected by the base unit which sounds a high intensity audible alarm. To aid identification of the missing crew member the base station continually displays the names of all the crew currently logged on, the signal levels of their transponder fob and their current status. Three AAA cells power each transponder for several weeks of continuous use. Should the base station be turned off the transponders will go to sleep with a life of several years. So if you are sailing with Tom, Dick and Harry don’t forget to take MOBi with you!
H Vector Navtex Antenna
Conventional navtex antennas respond to the electrical component associated with the navtex radio signal. They usually perform well at sea where electrical interference is low but can sometimes be overwhelmed with interference especially when in harbour and connected to shore power.
In most small craft the electrical system acts as an effective ground for the antenna but it can also be a source of interference conducted from other electrical equipment on board. Electrical interference can result in poor reception especially in a marina where the ambient level is high or at sea when poorly suppressed electrical equipment is in use.
The omnidirectional H-Vector antenna is not sensitive to electric fields but to the magnetic component of the navtex signal. As a result it is less sensitive to locally generated interference and, as it does not need a ground, it is not affected by conducted ground interference whether in harbour or at sea.
The net result is that, under adverse conditions, the H-Vector antenna can deliver a significant improvement to navtex reception. The mushroom shaped antenna is compatible with the Clipper navtex, series 2 Target navtex and with the navtex engine. It can be mounted on a cabin roof or rail mounted using an appropriate threaded antenna base.
I am delighted with our new antenna. Our Navtex , normally somnolent in the marina, has burst into life!
Someone asked me recently – why bother with Navtex? My answer was simple. Last year a gale blew up suddenly on the Turkish Aegean coast. The Navtex transmitter at Izmir issued an urgent gale warning out of ‘normal hours’ and it was the only service to do so! For example there was nothing about this gale on PredictWind on our WiFi.
Now had a full month on the boat in Turkey cruising around and am even more delighted than ever with the new antenna!
John E – cruising in Turkey
EASY LIGHT LED Luminaire
The NASA Marine 12 Volt Easylight luminaire contains 48 high efficiency LEDs in a slender surface mounting package.
The cool white version (CW) is recommended where maximum illumination is required and the warm white (WW) where a more natural light is preferred. Light output for the (CW) is typically 300 Lumens and typically 250 Lumens for the (WW).
The unit is designed for surface mounting directly on a ceiling or wall using the screws provided. It is not waterproof and is intended for use in a dry cabin only.
When fitting ensure that the ventilation slots are not obstructed and take care not to over tighten the screws. When in operation the space behind the unit may get warm so avoid mounting on surfaces where this could cause a problem.
The power leads can be taken through a convenient hole in the mounting panel or alternatively through one of the end vent slots. Connect to a 12 volt DC supply via a suitable switch and a 1 Amp fuse. The red wire goes to the positive supply connection and the black wire to negative. (An internal diode protects the unit against supply reversal.)