VDR100 vessel data recorder

MSRP $795

VDR100
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Maretron's Vessel Data Recorder (VDR100) is used to record messages transmitted from every product interconnected on the vessel's NMEA 2000® network. Each message is stored using solid-state memory technology with simple data retrieval via a removable USB flash drive. The supplied 16 Gbyte USB Flash Drive will hold weeks or more of data, and with the optional purchase of a larger USB Flash Drive, a year or more of data can be stored. And you never have to worry about losing the most recent data because the VDR100 uses a circular buffer where the oldest data is overwritten only after the entire memory is filled.

Recorded vessel data can be used in many ways including performance analysis, vessel tracking, preventative maintenance, network diagnostics, warranty incident, and accident investigation, all in an effort to reduce operating cost and improve safety. As an example of how the recorded data might be used, consider an NMEA 2000® fuel flow monitor plugged into the network, which will provide a complete record of how much fuel was used and how fast it was used. With a GPS antenna/receiver plugged into the NMEA 2000® network, you will have a complete record of where the vessel has been including its speed and course over ground.

Analyzing and graphing recorded data is done using a spreadsheet program like Microsoft® Excel®. Simply remove the USB Flash Drive and plug it into a PC or Mac and run Maretron's free extraction software (N2KExtractor®). Choose any or all of the recorded data including the associated dates and times and the program will create a comma delimited file (.csv) that can be read into a spreadsheet for graphing or any other type of data analysis.

With the VDR100, you have a complete record of all the information produced by NMEA 2000® products connected to the vessel's network. And because the VDR100 is engineered and manufactured to the highest standards (IEC 60945 Maritime Navigation and Radio Communication Equipment), your data is safely protected in a compact waterproof housing.

USB flash drives

Depending on how much data you wish to record without overwriting older data, the following table can be used to determine the capacity of the USB Flash Drive you need. These figures are estimated assuming a 25% loaded system (approx 463 frames/second).

Recording PeriodMedia Storage Capacity
1 second7862 bytes
1 minute471,750 bytes
1 hour29 MBytes
1 day680 MBytes
1 week5 GBytes
1 month (30 days)21 GBytes
1 year (365.25 days)248 GBytes
  • Data recorded on solid state memory via removable USB flash drive
  • Circular buffer preserves latest recorded data while oldest data overwritten when memory is full
  • Recorded data available for performance analysis, vessel tracking, preventive maintenance, and more
  • Optional waterproof USB flash drive cover
  • Free data extraction software (N2KExtractor®) builds comma delimited files for data analysis
  • Performance analysis
  • Vessel tracking
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Warranty incident
  • Accident investigation

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The following accessories are available for the VDR100:

USB Waterproof Cover

MSRP $7.50

Part Number: PX0852
Waterproof Ethernet cable 16.4'

MSRP $95.00

Part Number: PX0837/5M00
16GB USB Flash drive

MSRP $45.00

USB Flash Drive Part Number: M003029

The following free software is available to extract the data from the VDR100:

N2KExtractor®
N2KExtractor Please click on the picture to find out more

On September 23rd 2013, the entire firmware image of the VDR100 was upgraded from version 2.1.0.4 to 3.0.1.5 to correct a problem where the VDR100 would occasionally stop recording, sometimes requiring a power cycle to resume recording and sometimes requiring the USB flash drive to be removed and reformatted in order to resume recording.
This upgrade cannot be installed using N2KAnalyzer. The new image can be found at VDR100_RCV_3_0_2_9.zip, and the instructions to perform the upgrade found in this Technical Service Bulletin - TSB_VDR100_3.0.2.9.pdf