Signal K is on its way!

Signal K is on its way!

Dawn Wells at the Vancouver Boat Show
Ginger or Mary Ann?

So this is the tale of our castaways,
They’re here for a long long time
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.

Your boat is an island and your boat data has been a castaway. Two of your crew; NMEA 0183 (Gilligan) and NMEA 2000 (The Professor), have just discovered someone on the island who can translate and communicate with the rest of the world. Now everyone can know and share their stories! Signal K to the rescue!

“Signal K is about publishing a common modern and open data format for marine use. A format for the modern boat, compatible with NMEA, friendly to WiFi, cellphones, tablets, and the Internet. A format available to everyone, where anyone can contribute.” –

Lightbulb by Serge Saint
by Serge Saint – Creative Commons License

Eureka! This is so exciting! I want to jump up and down with joy. I’m going to blog about it….

It reminds me of 1994. At the University of British Columbia my friend Steve fired up a Mosaic browser and I peeked into the Internet for the first time. The PC was no longer an island, it was now connected. Folks, your boat is about to be connected and the possibilities are kool and ground breaking. Marine data is being moved out of the dark ages.

I still love you Raymarine! Thank you for playing by the most of the rules all these years. I love my cSeries multifunction display and am thankful that you keep updating it and adding great new features. You even fixed WiFi in version 15 of Lighthouse. I’m going to bet that you will integrate a Signal K gateway into the software at some point once the standard matures a bit. Till then we’ll have to find a gateway product to do this part for you… Stay tuned to SIGNAL Kool!

SS Minnow at the Vancouver Boat Show
The SS Minnow now lives on Vancouver Island
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Adam Hyde (SIGNAL Kool Editor) is a member of Boating Writers International and has written articles for Panbo, SAILfeed, Power & Motoryacht, and Passagemaker. He lives in the Pacific North West in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, and is a self professed boat nut and marine electronics geek. His pride and joy is "Journey," a 1976 26 foot Tollycraft Sedan. When he's not out on the boat exploring he's often trying to figure out how to add more technology to it, hence this web mag. Adam is an advanced crew member in the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and the author of 4 free boating related Apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores. See Adam's syndicated work