Vessel View compatibility

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by sarbog, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    I have an '05 Sundancer with 8.1 Horizons and the Smartcraft system. I have been replacing all of my outdated electronics and have started to think about replacing the monochrome old Smartcraft with the new Vessel View 7. Does anyone know if it is compatible, i.e., simple plug in to replace or can be somehow "made" compatible, with my '05 engines and systems? The Mercury website says it is compatible with "Gen II" engines '07 and newer. That would seem to me that I may be out of luck, but I pay for anything to be done with electronics as I am clueless in this area.
     
  2. 340master

    340master New Member

    12
    Aug 2, 2016
    SE
    2004 340
    8.1 Inboards
    How did you set up the PITOT and Paddle wheel, I saw options for PCM0 PCM1 etc. I also receive several warnings that disappear on start up....
     
  3. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    450
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    The answer is yes. Plug and play. A buddy of mine has an 05 360 and did exactly what you are asking.

    Mark
     
  4. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Member SILVER Sponsor

    752
    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    I upgraded to VV7 and it was plug and play.
     
  5. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    I verified with Mercury. Gave them my engine serial numbers and they confirmed your observations, plug and play. Yipeee, more money to be spent.
     
  6. Robf

    Robf Member

    257
    Apr 17, 2013
    Winfield, WV
    2004 390 Motor Yacht
    Twin 8.1 Mercruiser Inboards
    Excuse my ignorance on this topic, but I also have an older boat with the older Smart Craft. In looking at upgrading, I was told that I had to replace the entire harness back to the engine interface in order to upgrade to the new system. Are you all saying that you can plug the new displays directly into the existing harness, or am I totally off topic here? I was really wanting to upgrade, but didn't want to deal with rewiring.
    Thanks
    Rob
     
  7. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
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    8.1
    Basically 8.1L starting in 2003 went digital so plug and play. Prior, the harnesses need to be replaced. I have 2001 versions. Best to just call mercruiser and give them your serial number. Then you'll know for sure.

    Mark
     
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  8. Robf

    Robf Member

    257
    Apr 17, 2013
    Winfield, WV
    2004 390 Motor Yacht
    Twin 8.1 Mercruiser Inboards
    Thanks, Mark. I will definitely do that!
    Rob
     
  9. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    450
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
     

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