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Chuck Tribolet posted 04-20-2006 08:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chuck Tribolet   Send Email to Chuck Tribolet  
When did Mercury introduce the SmartCraft system? I thought
it was with the Verados a couple of years ago, a friend says
1999.


Chuck

jimh posted 04-20-2006 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
SmartCraft preceded the Verado. However, with the Verado motors SmartCraft became mandatory. On the other motors it was optional.

I do not believe I have ever seen an installation of SmartCraft that was not associated with a Verado. This may be a source of the confusion.

aubv posted 04-20-2006 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
SmartCraft Gauges came as standard equipment on our 2001 23' Outrage with a 225HP Optimax. I would venture a guess that they became available with the introduction of the Optimax motors.
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-20-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
From: http://www.mercurymarine.com/smartcraft_faqs

Can I use SmartCraft on my older engine?

The SmartCraft line of products are applicable to all Mercury/Mariner OptiMax outboard engines starting with Model 2000, and all MerCruiser 8.1 liter engines for Model Year 2001. The SmartCraft line of products will not retrofit to any previous Mercury/Mariner or MerCruiser engines.


Chuck

sosmerc posted 04-22-2006 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
Smartcraft has gone thru some changes since being introduced. If you are contemplating adding Smartcraft instrumentation to your rig you would be wise to have a dealer confirm your serial numbers and the compatibility to the specific guages you want to install. It's a great system, but is still very new and being revised all the time.
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-22-2006 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've got a nice simple '97 Evinrude 90HP carbed 2-stroke.

Somebody on another board said all Mercs from 1999 on had
SmartCraft. That didn't seem right (and wasn't).


Chuck

dcritch posted 04-22-2006 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
I've been doing some work in the center console of my 2004 170 Montauk. In doing so I noticed a rather extensive coil of cables, 10 pin connectors ect. tucked away These run into the service tunnel a assume to the engine(90 Optimax). My guess is these have something to do with SmartCraft because I have a sticker on my dash which says "SmartCraft System." When I bought the boat the salesman said the Optimax was SmartCraft capable but the boat would have to be wired for SmartCraft. Funny thing is I don't remember noticing all this extra unused wiring in my center console befor they rewired the boat (someone tried to steal my engine and cut all the conections betwwen the engine and the boat).

If I have the wiring is it just a case of getting the SmartCraft gauges? Would this be an expensive project? Is it good for resale purposes down the road?

aubv posted 04-22-2006 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
dcritch,

I just installed a SmartCraft Gauge and the wiring harness on a 2005 130 Sport w/40 HP 4 stroke engine. I had to run the wiring harness from the engine to the helm and install the Gauge. I replaced the original analog tachometer with a SmartCaft digital read out w/ analog tachometer. The new gauge replaced the old gauge with no modifications to the boat and should be about a 10 minute job, with few tools required.

List price of the gauge I used was about $340. I did the upgrade because I have SmartCraft gauges (Tachometer and Speedometer)on a 23' Outrage and think the system supplies some very useful information, including an hour meter.

As to the question about resale, If 2 identical boats where available and one had SmartCraft and one did not, I'd buy the one with the SmartCaft system.

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