Boaters get new views from Mercury
Mercury launches two new VesselView displays and an interface with Navico electronics.
Mercury Marine has introduced two new VesselView multi-function displays and an under-the-dash VesselView Link system that integrates with selected Navico electronics.
The two new displays are the VesselView502 five-inch (12.7 cm) and VesselView702 seven-inch (17.8 cm) models, both with 16x9 HD aspect ratio.
The VesselView502 can show data for up to four engines and is capable of interfacing with broadband sonar with CHIRP, DownScan imaging, and a full-featured chart plotter. It has no buttons although there is a remote display control interface with rotary dial and buttons. There is a Micro SD card slot on the back of the unit for installing maps plus gauge updates and it comes with internal high-speed 10 Hz GPS, wifi, Bluetooth, and is GoFree cloud-enabled.
The VesselView702 model has a keypad and rotary dial, and also includes an Ethernet connection to interface with radar, sonar and chart-sharing (one card, multiple devices). There are also two video inputs, Micro SD card slots, internal GPS and chart plotter.
Both displays are NMEA 2000-compatible and can interface with AIS (Automatic Identification System), C-Zone digital switching and audio interfaces from Fusion Link or Sonic Hub. Free software updates will be available via wifi through the GoFree store.
Linking with Navico products
Mercury has also introduced VesselView Link, an under-the-dash system that integrates a Mercury-powered boat’s SmartCraft data and control system with specific Simrad and Lowrance instruments. This means boat owners running Mercury outboards can have engine data displayed on their fish finder screens, instead of having to rely on analogue gauges.
Available as a single-engine or multi-engine (two to four engines) interface, VesselView Link works with Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 marine processors, and Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch and HDS Gen 3 fish finder/chart plotters.
The interface provides access to SmartCraft features such as ECO mode, troll control in 10rpm increments, cruise control (rpm or speed-based), SmartTow tow sport launch control system (rpm or speed-based) with customisable user launch profiles and a new intuitive interface utilising the Launch Target cursor, as well as descriptive fault text in 16 user-selectable languages for any potential propulsion issues.
To find out more about how Mercury’s VesselView and SmartCraft technologies, go to mercurymarine.com.