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Bokeefe posted 05-27-2010 10:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bokeefe   Send Email to Bokeefe  
Does anyone know if the [Mercury Smartcraft to NMEA-2000] gateway engine monitoring system works on a [motor with] 60-HP [and electronic fuel injection]?
jimh posted 05-27-2010 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Some information from Mercury is available at:

[Dead link removed. Mercury deleted the resouce being referenced.]

There is nothing in the literature from Mercury that offers any mention of the engine horsepower, and I do not think it is reasonable to make an inference that the operation of the gateway in converting serial data from one protocol to another depends in any way on the engine horsepower. If it did, I suspect that Mercury would make that abundantly clear in their literature so as not to confuse or mislead their customers.

jimh posted 05-27-2010 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Mercury Gateway product appears to be sold in tiers, with four variations. The basic tier provides bridging of the protocols for only certain data values. As you purchase higher tiers of the product you get more data values included in the bridging protocol conversion. It would make sense to buy the product at a tier that corresponded to the data values available from your engine. There is no point in buying a more expensive and higher tier Gateway product if your engine does not have the data values that are bridged in that version of the software.

My general impression of all Mercury digital accessories is they are not intended in any way for self-installation by boat owners, and supporting technical information is hard to obtain.

Robert V posted 05-28-2010 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Robert V  Send Email to Robert V     
This page from the Mercury website expands on Jim's comment and lists which values are available for each engine (when equipped with a Smartcraft gateway and gauge).

[Dead link removed. Mercury deleted the resouce being referenced.]

Hope this helps to answer your question.

Robert

Bokeefe posted 05-28-2010 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bokeefe  Send Email to Bokeefe     
Thanks Jim!
jimh posted 07-05-2011 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Mercury SmartCraft to NMEA-2000 Gateway is sold in a bundle with the Mercury MERCMONITOR Gauge and firmware. The second tier of features is needed to get fuel flow data through the gateway. The price of this instrument, gateway device, and firmware bundle was recently raised to about $783. That is quite a premium to get NMEA-2000 compatibility.

All the other engine manufacturers (Evinrude, Suzuki, Yamaha) provide NMEA-2000 data directly from their engine at no cost. When considering a Mercury engine, be sure to understand it will not play nicely with your NMEA-2000 multi-function display until you spend about $783 for the required gateway.

Sixer posted 07-07-2011 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
The price, IMO, is outrageous for what is provided. The data is already there. It was much less expensive to install an hour meter and fuel flow meter, which is all the information I wanted displayed. Too bad the marine industry will not standardize this data as the auto industry has done. Data readers for auto data start at $20.
jimh posted 07-07-2011 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The marine industry did standardize: NMEA-2000. It is Mercury who is the odd-man-out.
K Albus posted 09-15-2011 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Mercury may not be the lone odd-man-out. I have recently learned that Yamaha's Command Link Plus gauges (similar to Mercury's Vessel View system) cannot be directly hooked up to a NMEA-2000 network. In order to display Yamaha engine data from the Command Link Plus system on a NMEA-2000 display one must purchase and install a $250 Gateway. See: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outboard/commandlink_plus/clp_page05.aspx . If your network is not a true NMEA-2000 network, but rather one of the many proprietary so-called "NMEA-2000 compatible" networks like Simrad's SimNet, you will also need to purchase some additional cables and adapters for another $100.

K Albus posted 09-15-2011 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
A bit of clarification: The Command Link Plus system is now required for all of Yamaha's V6 Offshore outboards (F225, F250, and F300). Command Link Plus is a line of digital electronic controls which provide electronic shift and throttle controls for the motor. The systems also includes a very nice 5-inch color display. In order to send the information from the Command Link Plus systems to a NMEA-2000 network, you must, at a minimum, purchase the $250 gateway.
tmann45 posted 09-15-2011 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for tmann45  Send Email to tmann45     
I started a new thread concerning the Yamaha Command Link, Plus, Gateway and NMEA. See my comments at: http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/003009.html

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