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Pilot posted 02-23-2008 11:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for Pilot   Send Email to Pilot  
I just bought a 2008 Montauk and would like to ask for opinions on adding an additional gauge.

The console has a Tach, Volts, and Water pressure gauges. in the final spot I was thinking of having a dedicated hour meter added. Good idea or should I be considering something else for the last gauage spot.

Also I will utilize "smartcraft" - as soon as I can deterimine a favored head unit like Northstar or otehr.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


davej14 posted 02-23-2008 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
How about a tilt/trim gauge? I added one and use it as a reference on a regular basis.

An hour meter isn't something that needs to be viewed at the helm. Put it inside the console.

Pilot posted 02-23-2008 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pilot  Send Email to Pilot     
Good thought. I suppose I could mount the hour meter inside the console.

I believe the Northstar / smartcraft has a tilt / trim . . . but no idea how convenient it is to view on the screen .


seabob4 posted 02-23-2008 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
Should you go to Smartcraft, all the functions you have described will be in one gauge, your tach, except for speedo. What exactly are you looking for? We do Smartcraft installs (single) with 2 gauges, Tach and Speedo. All info is available on each through their digital data screens. Let me know, I can probably get you a damn good price on 2 gauges. Email is
Pilot posted 02-24-2008 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pilot  Send Email to Pilot     
Seabob4 - Thanks

I'm definitley interested in Smartcraft and was intending on using that capability. I'm interested all the info. I can get out of the smartcraft - and doing it all upfront to be as efficient as possible.

The Montauk 170 console space is limited - so I'm still trying to fiqure out the best way to display all of the information. I do like the the dual gauges I've seen.

The dealer is recommending I connect the Smartcraft to the NorthStar chartplotter / sounder. I just don't know alot about Northstar. (more comfortable with Garmin)

Do you have any experience with connecting smartcraft to Chartplotters / sounder combos?

I'm starting to think the Speedo / Tach gauges with a separate plotter might make sense if it can be tied in.

Thanks for the information . . . and might be interested in the gauges. E-Mail is

mikemdd posted 02-24-2008 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikemdd    
Further to Pilot's question, will the Smartcraft System Tach fit in the same hole as the existing Tach? This would allow the replacement of the existing Tach with any new holes, allowing for display of all information other than Speed.


mikemdd posted 02-24-2008 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikemdd    
Sorry....."without any new holes....."


seabob4 posted 02-24-2008 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
That IS a good point you bring up. But rest easy, Smartcrafts are the same 4" as all the other existing gauges out there. Sometimes Mercury actually thinks for a change! Pilot, you will have mail shortly.
Tohsgib posted 02-25-2008 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I like having an hour meter in sight. Reminds me every time that I don't use it enough.

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