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The Airmar SmartBoat Solution (SmartBoat) provides a simple and cost-effective way to connect and manage different types of sensors and devices to the NMEA 2000® network – regardless of their protocol.

At the heart of the system is the Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM), a universal NMEA 2000 device with browser based SmartFlexTM software that eliminates the need to buy additional hardware, software, or dedicated displays to program the modules or view the data.

One Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) can perform the work of many different devices, integrating analog sensors, digital sensors, and a wide range of protocols to create a modern NMEA 2000 network. Oher products available in the market today typically perform only a single function, and also require the purchase of additional hardware, software and even their dedicated displays to see their data.

Also, what makes SmartBoat stand out is the ability to monitor any PGN on the network with the ability to perform automation and create custom alarms on the NMEA 2000 network–even if they do not originate from the SmartBoat module.

From creating a basic N2K network for a small vessel to managing a fleet of workboats, SmartBoat is a powerful solution limited only by your imagination.

SmartBoat is for any application that uses the NMEA 2000 network. It is ideal for older vessels looking to upgrade older sensors onto a new digital display without having to replace all their sensors. SmartBoat can also be used on newer boats to expand their monitoring and automation capabilities.

Yes, any generic analog sensor type supported by the Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) can be used. It does not have to be an Airmar sensor for it to work.

Simply connect the sensor to the Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) and configure the sensor for the appropriate sensor type using the SmartFlex View software that’s embedded in the module. The data will then be output onto the NMEA 2000 network.

SmartBoat modules are made to be universal and work with ALL analog temperature and pressure sensors available, regardless of who manufactures them.

Gemeco also has a variety of temp and pressure sensors available as a convenience to the customer in case they need one.

In addition to all of the customary marine analog sensors, Airmar also offers a line of unique SmartFlex sensors that connect to the Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) through a digital interface. These sensors are easily configured and managed through the SmartBoat interface and provide unique capabilities.

At this time, we offer both single and differential Diesel Flow Meters (DFMs) ranging in flow rates of 50-4000 liters/hour, and a unique Smart Battery Monitor (SBM) for managing modern marine power systems.

No. The Diesel Flow Meters are only designed to work with Diesel Fuel.

Engine data from ECUs that provide either J1939 or older J1708/J1587 can be converted by an ASM.

The SmartBoat module outputs data on the NMEA 2000 network so any manufacturer’s MFD that uses NMEA 2000 can see the SmartBoat data. It’s that simple.

No, Airmar has no plans of being in the display business. Our goal is to remain agnostic to all NMEA 2000 displays.

No, there is no need for additional equipment. When you have an Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) connected to the network, you will be able to connect to the network through the ASM using Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Unlike other products on the market, no additional gateway is necessary to connect a PC, Mac, tablet, or Smartphone to the NMEA 2000 network.

We are working on our cloud services in order to provide remote access to onboard data.

SmartBoat modules receive power from the NMEA 2000 backbone and operate between 9-16VDC.

The Default IP address for every SmartBoat module is

The names of the networks, Airmar SmartBoat Module (ASM) nicknames and sensors setup through the SmartBoat solution can all be customized by the customer.

Alerts are created by defining the conditions you would like to monitor. For instance, you may want to know when your bait well reaches a temp over 70°F. Once your conditions are defined, you can then create an action to define what you would like to do when the condition becomes true. This could be as simple as pushing a message to a MFD or maybe even trigger a relay to activate a warning light. These alerts can be as simple as just monitoring a single PGN or creating a combination of multiple sensors in order to trigger an alert.

The hardware and software foundation across all SmartBoat modules is common. No additional equipment or software is needed to configure or manage SmartBoat modules. All modules have Wi-Fi capabilities, NMEA 2000 connection, Wireless Bridging, Alerting, and LED Status Indicators.

A chart is available in the brochure found on This chart will show the differences between each of the six models we currently offer. The key is to know which sensors you would like to convert and features you would like to have. If you are still unsure, you can contact the team at Gemeco and their skilled staff can help you find the right module for you. See the SmartBoat brochure.

Yes, through the Administration Page, all configurations can be saved. This allows you to reload that configuration back to the day you saved it or even clone it over to another SmartBoat setup. This cloning feature will be key for a boat builder that does the same configuration each time.

Yes, SmartBoat is the only device of its kind that offers a NMEA 2000 ‘traffic controller’ called SmartFlex Filter. Let’s say you have two independent NMEA 2000 networks on your vessel (Networks A and B) and you want to pull over only wind data from network B over to network A. The SmartFlex filter allows you to specifically choose the wind PGN to transfer and block everything else from transferring. The power is in your hands to choose what PGNs and devices can pass data between the networks.

To filter PGNs using the SmartBoat module, you will need to bridge data from a second network. This can be done wirelessly between two modules on different networks or hardwired through any of the ASM-CES-XX modules on their secondary network connection.

Yes there is a View Network page that can be accessed to see all the Network devices and PGNs on the network. The NMEA 2000 data is converted into a ‘Human Readable’ format that allows anyone to understand what is on the network.

Yes. For applications when you want enhanced security or to reduce the number of access points, you may either set the Access Point feature to ‘shut down’ automatically after a period of time or disable it completely. If you choose to disable it completely, always make sure you have another way to access the module before doing so. Setting up the SmartBoat unit as a Wi-Fi client is one way to maintain access. Also, on the CES models, you can enable the Ethernet function before disabling. This will allow you to access the SmartBoat module without using Wi-Fi. It is always recommended to use the timeout feature instead. This will let you determine how long the Wi-Fi stays on when the module is first powered on. To gain access to the Wi-Fi again, simply power cycle the module. If you ever lose access to the module, you may “reset” to the factory configuration using the reset button.