Life's hard; your friends are all enjoying NMEA 2000 install benefits with their new gear, and you're still struggling with an unruly mess of NMEA 0183 data connections. I know your pain, and a PAS-Thru Box can at least soothe it. The $150 model shown here can beautifully organize, connect, and protect 16 cable pairs, including jumpers for one-to-many connections and a (freely downloadable) spreadsheet for planning and labeling. There's a $200, 42-pair model, too.
This article originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.