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NMEA 0400 Installation Standard for Marine Electronics Equipment on Vessels

The NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is a voluntary standard that clarifies and defines competent installation best practices applicable to vessels from 20' to 150' and up to 300 gross tons. These standards are published to aid electronics installers, technicians, electricians, surveyors, vessel owners and/or others who may service or modify the installation of electronics, electrical systems or other associated peripherals. The NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is the basis for all NMEA day long installer training classes.
Topics covered in this standard include: Installation General Best Practices, AC and DC Wiring installation, Grounding and Lightning, Battery Installation, Charging System Installation,Power Inverter Installation, Coaxial Cable Installation, NMEA Data Interfacing- NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, NMEA OneNet Cabling,Ethernet Network Interfacing Requirements, Wi-Fi Extender Installation, Antenna Installation, Display Installations, Black box Installation,
Transducer Installation, Compass Installation, Radar Installation, Autopilot Installation, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), VHF & SSB Radio Installation    Computer System Installation, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Installation, Satellite TV System Installation (TVRO),
Satellite Communications System installation, Cell Phone Booster Installation, Security, Tracking, Camera Installation, Maritime Camera Systems,
EPIRB Installation.

The intended application of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is for vessels that will use large and sophisticated systems of marine electronics for communication and navigation purposes. Highly qualified and experienced installation experts from the marine industry and NMEA, have reviewed emerging trends for the use of more sophisticated equipment and systems on vessels. Many times, equipment utilizing these latest technological advances require different and new methodologies for reliable and safe installations. These latest trends have increased the capabilities of communication, navigation, and related systems but also have necessitated a higher degree of network integration . Frequently, these devices involve additional backup or provision for emergency power sources. NMEA addresses these changing conditions in this Standard and prepares for future requirements as well.

NMEA has a standing committee who continually monitor technological changes in marine electronics and periodically revise this standard as deemed necessary.

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