The Mercury VesselView 4

Mercury introduces VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 [updated]

Available in May 2013 – the new Mecury VesselView engine monitors steps into a new age. Upgraded with Touch Screen and in 4 and 7 inch version – there should be a lot for every “Mercruiser Engine Freak” to feel good about.

Primarily intended as an Engine Monitor – the VesselView 4 inch touch screen model will display up to 30 engine and environmental parameters from your boat. As per. the press release it will include features like an “expanded” MercMonitor – so it will include a NMEA 2000 Gateway, SmartTow, Troll Control – and the ECO-Screen known from MercMonitor that helps you set trim and RPM for most economical cruise.

The VesselView range will show up to 30 engine parameters from fuel level and range to other engine data and it will show generator data and HVAC system data if they are connected.

The new VesselView also preforms engine diagnostic scans when the engine is started (and hopefully while on the way)

The 7″ model can monitor up to four engines – and can  work as a chart plotter and support accessories from Simrad and Lowrance like Sounder & Radar. Plus it has a video input for showing camera input.

The new series is compatible with SmartCraft Mercury engines and will be available in May 2013. [It might be delayed until 3rd quarter] Updated news about shipping with pictures – VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 in stock

While we have not seen any pictures yet – I think the new VesselView is a Navico “OEM” creation for Mercruiser. With direct interface to Navico Accessories it means it has Ethernet connection to interface with Radar and Sonar – which most likely means the 7″ model is based on the HDS 7 G2 Touch – maybe in a slightly different design without built in GPS receiver. Update – it is based on the Simrad NSS7 – so really a 6.4″ touch screen GPS unit.

One can hope for a Simrad/Lowrance Zeus/Axius autopilot adaptation as well. That would make it fit very well on my boat.

Press-release is here

Other News – New 2016 Mercury VesselView 702 & VesselView 502

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