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Smartcraft Monitor and Verado Adjunct Link Gauges
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posted 06-06-2007 08:23 AM ET (US)
Has anyone puchased and installed any adjunct analog gauges to their Smartcraft and Verado system via Mercury or Interlux? If yes, what link gauges did you elect to install for continuous readout? I have a Verado 250 HP and like many other owners have found it very distracting to pilot the boat in traffic while scrolling throught the Smartcraft monitor.
posted 06-07-2007 11:05 AM ET (US)
Thirsty - I assume you mean Livorsi. Interlux is a marine paint manufacturer, and I don't think they offer any instrumentation products. I'm interested in answers to your question as well, as I am considering adding analog fuel level and perhaps trim gauges to my SmartCraft SC5000 system.
I agree. Scrolling through pages on the Mercury SmartCraft display is not only distracting, but can be downright dangerous.
posted 06-09-2007 07:48 AM ET (US)
Sorry, I thought I typed analog- I am taking an interesting analgesic medication while I am undergoing corticosteroid injections for two damaged lumbar discs. My medication warning label states don't operate a motor vehicle or machinery. It should also mention typing!
Since we already have a Smartcraft monitor, I am assuming we could simply add the desired Livorsi link gauges. Yes/No?
I moved my VHF up into the hardtop electronics box and installed a Garmin 3206 in the remaining dash space. I really like the G2 Bluechart function, particularly the 3D mariner view.
Again, thanks for the prop advice.
posted 06-18-2007 09:44 AM ET (US)
Yep, you should be able to add the Livorsi link gauges by just plugging them into the currently- terminated end of the Smartcraft data cable. I believe you can just "daisy chain" numerous functional gauges in line as needed.
As you found out, when Whaler plunks the Smartcraft 5000 display exactly in the middle of the instrument panel they really limit your options on where you can put your VHF, GPS, depthsounder, etc. And the so-called electronics box is pretty limited for space. I ended up putting my ICOM VHF to the right of Smartcraft, radar display to the left, and I hung my Lowrance GPS/FF from the bottom of the electronics box directly in front of the helm. It doesn't obstruct the view forward and you just raise your eyes slightly to view the screen. I ended up with the Lowrance because they (Navionics) seem to have the best lakes charts around, and that's what I needed.
If you go with a Livorsi gauge plese let me know how it works out. Thanks!
posted 06-20-2007 07:38 PM ET (US)
The Livorsi link gauges are listed at approximately the same price as Smartcraft analogs. Thinking about trim,fuel consumption, and battery voltage. Only one problem. As you noted I have room for two gauges not three in the remaining space on the console.
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