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jimh posted 02-26-2013 08:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I found this image in a review of the Mercury joystick system. It appears to be some sort of new electronic display for Mercury SmartCraft. It is a really good looking display. But I have not heard anything about it. There is some mention of a new product for Vessel View from Mercury in a recent website page, but no images. Is this a new Vessel View display:

Image: Mercury engine data display, perhaps something new.

Here is the press release information:


Mercury Marine unveils two new VesselView engine displays

Feb 13, 2013

Mercury Marine introduces its new intuitive-to-use VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 engine displays, designed exclusively for Mercury engines.

VesselView has long been recognized as the premier engine-information display system in the recreational boating industry. Several additional features—including ECO-Screen, Smart Tow, gateway, Troll Control and a new contemporary design—are integrated into the new models to further solidify that reputation.

VesselView 7 features a 7-inch glass touch screen, while VesselView 4 features a 4-inch glass screen. Each model displays more than 30 engine parameters, including fuel level and range, oil temperature and pressure, battery voltage, water depth, generator monitoring, HVAC and more.

Boaters can achieve optimal fuel economy with the ECO-Screen feature, named “Green Product of the Year” by West Marine in 2010. ECO-Screen provides recommendations for optimal trim and rpm adjustments to improve fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent.

Boaters who participate in waterskiing, tubing or wakeboarding will benefit from the Smart Tow feature. Regardless of who is captaining the boat, tow sports enthusiasts are certain to experience the perfect launch time after time thanks to user-selectable profiles that control launch and cruising speed.
Anglers will appreciate the Troll Control feature, which allows the captain to set and control the engine trolling speed without using the throttle. Troll Control maintains steady speeds and can be increased or decreased in 10 rpm increments.

A diagnostic scan is also performed and displayed when the engine is started to ensure peace of mind prior to leaving the docks. While under way, simple icons and built-in intelligence ensure the user has the necessary information when it’s needed.

VesselView 7, which can monitor up to four engines, may double as a chart plotter and support accessories such as radar and sonar, when paired with a Lowrance or Simrad chart plotter or Mercury NMEA 2000 GPS antenna. A video input provides an option to install a back-up camera for improved vision during docking or while maneuvering in reverse.

VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 are compatible with SmartCraft-ready Mercury outboards 40hp and above, MerCruiser engines, Mercury Racing engines and Mercury Diesel engines. Both models display information in 16 languages. The new displays will be available for purchase in May of 2013.

Source: mercury-marine-unveils-two-new-vesselview-engine-d/

jimh posted 02-26-2013 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Based on the size and the ability to show the gearcase position of four engines, I infer that the unit whose image appears above might be the Vessel View 7 mentioned in the press release.
bluewaterpirate posted 02-26-2013 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Interesting they partnered with Navico and not Raymarine in as much as they use Raymarine as their vendor of choice when factory installing marine electronics on Brunswick boat lines. Whaler and SeaRay ome to mind.

Nice displays for sure!


bluewaterpirate posted 02-26-2013 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Yes to your question. This is their new vessel view system. I ind it very interesting to the display case design looks very similar to the Simrad NSS7 case and buttons. NSS-Touchscreen-Navigation/NSS7-Chartplotter-en-us.aspx


jimh posted 02-26-2013 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There certainly are some closely correlated placements and function of the rotary knob and buttons on the right side of the case. That is a very interesting observation from Tom_BWP. I think he is on the right track.
jimh posted 02-26-2013 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Re Mercury and NAVICO, they are already working together on that new WiFi open-network for Simrad chart plotters. The demo reel of the applications that Simrad was touting showed a Mercury customized application. Mercury must have been working with them closely on that project, and maybe on this one, too.
Peter posted 02-28-2013 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Almost looks like a Simrad NSS7 wearing a Garmin dress.
bluewaterpirate posted 02-28-2013 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I was in the shop this morning having my Opti tuned for the next season when the SE Regional Mercury Rep walked in. He verified the new vessel view display is a Simrad NSS7 adapted for integration with a Mercury Smartcraft system and retains many, if not all, of the displays and functions of the NSS7.

Interesting partnership.


jimh posted 02-28-2013 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would presume that a product made by Mercury for connection to their SmartCraft network is probably able to plug directly into the network, that is, it would not require some sort of gateway. On that basis it appears that the new VesselView built on a Simrad NSS7 platform would probably provide a SmartCraft interface in the modified NSS7. It will be interesting to see the exact wiring details of how the modified NSS7 connects to the SmartCraft network.
russellbailey posted 03-02-2013 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
I'll be watching to see how this ends up coming out. On my twin 2006 Optimax 150s, I currently have only analog gauges and a very simple fishfinder. If the VesselView 7 would combine both Smartcraft with the rest of the NSS7 abilities, it would be a very appealing combination for me.
jimh posted 03-18-2013 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Has anyone heard more about this new Mercury engine data display? As far as I can tell, my image (above) is the only place on the internet you can see this new Mercury product. I am interesting in helping get the word out for Mercury on their exciting new engine data display terminal. If anyone has more information that expands on what has already been mentioned here, please jump in.
bluewaterpirate posted 03-19-2013 07:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I was in Annapolis last weekend and saw one installed on the 350 Conquest (boat show boat). They're starting to advertise them on the Whaler website.

Here's the link to the new 350 Outrage Virtual View. 350-Outrage-Virtual-Tour.aspx

Picture of a VV on the new 350 OR.


jimh posted 04-20-2013 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The appearance of a Mercury-branded product with characteristics similar to a NAVICO product should not be a big surprise. Several years ago NAVICO purchased from Brunswick, the parent of Mercury Marine, an electronic division called Brunswick New Technologies. In the sale there was an agreement that Mercury in the future would buy certain products from NAVICO. The new Vessel View instrument with the obvious Simrad basis may be a result of that agreement and of a general trend for Mercury to work closely with NAVICO for advanced marine technology.


saumon posted 05-13-2013 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for saumon  Send Email to saumon     
[Changed topic to discuss another system. This article has moved to another thread that was on the topic.--jimh]

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