Fish Finder Installation

NMEA 2000 Installation

Picture of Raymarine Element showing Yamaha Engine Data through a Golden Channels NMEA Kit
Display of Outboard Data on Raymarine Element

If you are thinking about a “do it yourself” NMEA 2000 installation, let us show you some basic pro tips to get you started. Learn about complete cable kits that will save you time and frustration.

Almost anyone can do an NMEA 2000 installation in their boat. But there are some basic concepts you need to understand. We outline basic cable run methods. Also, there are reasons why there is a minimum kit that has a backbone, power connection, terminators, and specific engine and fish finder cables.

Eric shows the installation of our Yamaha/Raymarine complete cable bundle, and explains kits and considerations for the many other bundles we offer.

Learn why an “NMEA 2000 Starter Kit” is not a great way to start, and also we share the differences between various fish finders and outboards NMEA wiring.

Golden Channels Video “Basic NMEA 2000 Installation”

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Fish Finder Installation



Most of our customers are either owners of a new boat. Or they recently purchased a new fish finder.

Stores that sell fish finders almost never talk about NMEA networking. So one day, you’re busy learning about your new fish finder, and blam! A screen that comes up with no data about your outboard motor, voltages, and such. Nothing to see here, folks!

Boat dealerships rarely talk about NMEA either. Sales and service of the boat itself is where they make their money. They see accessory cables as low value items that just complicate the sale.

Whenever I’m at a boat ramp or marina talking to other fishermen and boat owners, I sometimes describe what I do. And this invariably leads to how their outboard can talk to their fish finder.

Many boat owners I talk to don’t even know that much of the equipment they already own has this capability. All that is needed is a minor investment in a cable kit to enable these features.

So, it appears we need to get the word out.

So, with that introduction, we are pleased to release our new video:


As always, if you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line. We love talking about fish finders, fishing, and outboards.