1. Receiving nmea data

1.1. How can I connect my computer to the boat?

a) Wirelessly.

If you have a wireless nmea interface, connect using the TCP network's IP address. You can also create a wireless nmea network with your WIFI enabled computer, using 3rd party software, like Franson GpsGate.

b) Serially, via the COM port.

Connect the yellow cable of the nmea0183 output to the DB9 connector's pin2, and the blue cable to the pin5. If your laptop doesn't have COM port, use a COM to USB converter.

1.2. How can I set the data source in EDO?

In the settings menu under the Connection tab the appropriate options should be selected, and the fields must be completed. If there any doubts about the correct source, the "Find NMEA" function will help the user to find it.

1.3. How do I know if the connection is successful?

On the top bar of the application, near button "4" the black dot will switch to green if a connection has been made.

1.4. How do I know which sentences are being received?

In the menu, there is a "NMEA messages list" item. Selecting this option opens a window, showing the valid sentences.

2. Modules and layouts

2.1. What are modules?

A module can be a simple instrument, like the True Wind instrument, or a more complex one, like the Tacticomp. The graph showing data history is also called a module. Every module can be moved or resized separately. Layouts are a compilation of individual modules.

2.2. What are layouts?

Different sailing situations require different information. In EDO there are options for using seven different layouts filled with modules according to needs. The corresponding buttons are on the top bar near the menu icon. The first three layouts are predefined, and the layouts labelled 1,2,3, and 4 are clear by default.

2.3. How can I edit a layout?

Click on the “Edit Layout" item in the menu. A module selector bar will appear containing the available modules. Also if there is a module on the selected layout, two red controls will appear- the close (x) control, and the resize button (arrow). To resize an item click and drag the (arrow) button, and to remove it from the screen click the (x). To add an item, simply drag and drop it from the module selector bar. When you are done, just click the "Done editing" item in the menu.

The background can be turned on and off, using the switch on the right side of the module selector bar .

Note: The module's list is pageable by clicking the right and left icons, and the module selector bar can be closed or reopened at any time without exiting edit mode.

3.1. Is it possible to add a new waypoint in EDO?

No. EDO only reads data from the NMEA network. New waypoints should be added using the chartplotter connected to the boat's NMEA network.

3.2. How do waypoint instruments work?

By default EDO has two waypoint modules, the Waypoint Head Up (HU) and the Waypoint Course Up (CU) instruments. Head up means that the compass rose rotates according to the vessel's heading, while in course up instruments the compass shows the actual course over water of the vessel. The waypoint bearing is shown by the yellow mark.

4. Data history

4.1. What are data graphs good for?

Graphs are the best tools for analyzing data. For example, a water depth graph shows an illustration of the seabed's shape, and a true wind speed graph shows important information about windspeed changes.

4.2. How can I add a graph to a layout?

There are both horizontal and a vertical type graph modules in EDO. While in edit mode, drag and drop the module from the module selector bar onto the screen, and freely adjust the size of the graph area. Data types can be selected any time from the data selector drop list.

5. Storing and using polar files

5.1. How to upolad a polar file

Register for a free account at www.seamantec.com. Registration is necessary to access the polar file storage.

To upload a file from your browser:

Once signed in, select the "Polar files" menu and choose a .csv file of your polar curve, then click "Upload". Successfully uploaded files are listed on the page. Name your file before uploading.

To upload a file from the EDO desktop software:

From the menu, sign in with your user name and password which you registered at www.seamantec.com, and select the menu item named "Polar files...". To upload the current polar data, click on the button labeled "Upload current" located on the bottom of the "My polar files" window. Name your polar file and click ok. The polar file is available on all of your devices, and you can log-in within seconds . (Remember that your polar file appears in the polar and polar editor modules)

5.2. Polar data file formatting rules

The data must be stored in a .csv file.

5.3. Using stored data in EDO desktop version

A polar file can be loaded from local storage, such as your hard drive. It is also possible to reach the files stored in the cloud within the desktop software. Sign in with your user name and password, which you registered at www.seamantec.com on the menu. Click on the menu item named "Polar files...". The polar data file then can be chosen from the opened window. The performance calculations are based on the selected polar data.

5.4. Using polar data on a mobile device

(EDO Instruments is available for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. In order to use polar data, you must purchase the "Performance pack”. The Performance pack is offered as in-app purchase in your EDO Instruments application).

In the app menu, sign in with your EDO instruments user name and password (which you registered at www.seamantec.com). The list of uploaded polar files is displayed in the drop list on top of the performance page. The performance calculations are based on the selected polar data.

6. Technical information

6.1. System requirements


  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

Mac OS

  • Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, and above
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

6.2. Supported NMEA0183 messages