Mercury Smartcraft 79-888923-005

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  1. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    54
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    ISO good used Mercury Smartcraft 79-888923-005 (I believe this is the Smartcraft 5000). The screen is cracked on mine and the light doesn’t work rendering it useless at night. Is it possible to replace the screen and the light. It otherwise works great. I appreciate any thoughts.
     
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  2. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    80
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    Good luck with your search, you may be better off updating to a vessel view. SmartCraft sc5000 used displays go for 300-600 depending on “how used “ they are. And then it may not last too long. I’m on my second screen, next time it all comes out.

    Bow Tie
     
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  3. Prowindo

    Prowindo New Member

    9
    Nov 12, 2017
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I'm in a similar situation with a new (to me!) 340 Sundancer with a faded Smartcraft vessel view. I locate a repair facility in my area and he advised that repair if these units is iffy at best!! I'm also looking for a good used unit, or thoughts on replacing the system. Let me know what you find or current thoughts and plans!!
     
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  4. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    54
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    You are on your second screen? So the screen itself is replaceable? Is that something you had done or were you able to replace the screen yourself?
     
  5. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    54
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    It sounds like everybody is going to the Vessel View 7 but that is an $1800.00 plus upgrade. Not in my budget this year. My scratched screen Andy no lights are starting to grow on me
     
  6. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    80
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    They don’t it “Smartcrap” for nothing!

    Bow Tie
     
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  7. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    230
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    One alternative, purchase the vessel view mobile harness (275$, supports 1-4 engines), plugs into the smartcraft harness under the helm and with any phone or tablet connected via Bluetooth, you can get all the engine data displayed via Mercruiser’s free app. I might end up doing this, then I can sell my SC5000 to someone else! The app is okay, for instance, they did not take the time to program the app to display correctly when rotated on an iPad, so you would have to have the iPad in portrait mode all the time.
    You might need to replace the 4 port smartcraft box with a 6 port, I think those are in the 50-100$ range.
    Plus, when you upgrade your phone or tablet, you get a new smartcraft display for free!
     
  8. mobocracy

    mobocracy Member

    230
    Jun 29, 2014
    United States
    310 Sundancer
    350 Mag & Bravo III
    I go back in forth with this a lot on my boat. I still have a NorthStar 6000i plotter and SystemView 5000 display and I can't decide if it makes more sense to just buy the SmartCraft-NMEA2000 gateway and use a new MFD/plotter to display engine data or actually spring for a new plotter and VV display with the idea you get some enhanced information like trouble codes.

    The problem with VV7 is it's about as expensive (and feature packed) as an actual plotter (I think they're really Simrad Evo2 hardware) but doesn't work as a true second plotter screen. It seemed to make more functional sense to spend the money on two MFDs and the Smartcraft-NMEA2000 gateway, although I think the best of all worlds was VV4 (which provides NMEA2000 gateway capability) plus two MFDs. You kept the VV display benefits, got NMEA2k and dual plotter screens.
     

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