There are newer software updates than listed in this article. Please refer to the Early 2019 Mercury VesselView Software update article!
We had not noticed before but suddenly it was available. It has a lot of updates. And Mercury is promising updates approximately twice a YEAR 🙂 going forward
But the new and updated features are:
• Setup wizard major redesign – now includes engine specific setup
• Settings menu reorganization which makes operation more intuitive
• Engine hours displayed on System scan screen – with 5 digit capability
• Digital values on pressure and temperature indications
• Trim and trailer position indication provided (0-10-25)
• Data boxes now support three and four engines
• Engine load added to data box options for diesel engines
• NMEA2K fuel level sensors – acquires total fuel capacity from sensor Enhancements
• Skyhook response level added for Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO)
• Default tank capacity to zero once arrowed past max on VV 4
• Total tank capacity added to oil tank • Removed “V” on battery voltage screen
• Finnish language translations revised
• Scroller bar items reorganized which makes operation more intuitive
• Graph warnings only trigger by fault flags – not by exceeding limit set points (which are engine specific and still user configurable)
• Improved operating range graphics on bar graphs
• Bar graphs start at minimum value (found in limits), no longer start at 0
• 7 function warnings on N2K bus – includes Water in Fuel (WIF) fix
• Troll – “ON” has been replaced by “ENABLE”
• Updated manuals – Quick Start Guide and Owner’s Manuals now available electronically: www.mercurymarine.com/vesselview
• Consumer software downloads – Mercury now offers VesselView software upgrades (approximately twice a year) that the end user can install
VesselView 7 & 4 wishlist
Before having tried version 3.0 – here is our wishlist for VV4 and VV7 software updates in no particular order of preference!
1. Comparability with Kohler Generators (Like 4ECD/5ECD) that worked with the old VesselView
2. A numbers display like the old VV that shows all important engine parameters on ONE screen in a table layout on the left hand side
3. Ability to configure if you want BAR GRAPHS or just numbers… or numbers ON the bar graphs… Now a bar graph will show 2 or more items – but if you “push it” to get numbers – only 1 item is shown and you have to scroll to compare.
4. Integration with Axius (Gen1 & Gen2) as VesselView Simrad compatible Autopilot, so you can use the AP computer on Simrad/VV to control Axius & Pod drive. And then turn VesselView into a Simrad SG05 equivalent autopilot steer by wire controller – so ALL the excellent Simrad Autopilot controller features are available! You could even make it a $400 software option and we would gladly pay…. But not much more than that 🙂
5. Longer time-out before VesselView / Simrad integration features is disabled (when you turn one or the other off) – it would be nice to be able to anchor for more than a couple of hours with only VesselView 7 on but still be able to show charts/radar and sonar with Simrad MFD devices turned off. (Save Power!!) 8-12 hours please?
6. Auto-Close dialogue screens related to “Autopilot” so “Autopilot is in standby mode” is not shown for more than 10-30 seconds before becoming a secondary information. The little X is so hard to push….
7. Let NMEA 2000 standard heading sensors and GPS receivers feed the Axius system through VesselView. The Mercury/Maretron Axius OEM GPS receiver is about as precise as a lukewarm cup of tea compared to the current Simrad GS25 or Garmin 19x. (DOP of 0.6-0.8 vs 1.2-1.8 on Maretron) The Mercury/Maretron Heading Sensor is very good though – but would be nicer to have it on the standard NMEA 2000 chain. You could even put it on a separate N2k chain for safety and security – but still let it be 100% NMEA 2000 and not a “SmartCraft” version of NMEA 2000…… At least the NMEA 2000 version can be calibrated by Maretron USB interface.
8. If not No 7 – then AT LEAST provide a compass & roll/pitch/yaw calibration function in the VesselView for the Maretron / Mercury Heading Sensor. Now you need a Mercury Axius Technician every time you need to calibrate and if you travel far – you need to recalibrate often… And finding Axius certified Technicians are not that easy… But we do still prefer option 7….
9. Better documentation related to VesselView 7 & 4 in regards to operation with Axius/Zeus/Pod systems
Some of the above might already be implemented in the current software version. We will know once our test boat gets wet again.
Update Feb 17 2016 – Read about the new screenless VesselView Link