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Old 08-02-2013, 02:42 PM
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This is my first post here. I have been lurking for a while, learning. Thank you !

What new VesselView unit , 7" or 4", would you recommend me to buy, for a small two outboards boat?

I bought a second hand 24' boat and we are repowering her with a couple of new Mercury FourStroke 150 hp engines. The engines have arrived with the regular set of SmartCraft gauges.

We need to make a decision on the interfacing the outboards with a chart plotter. I want to get a VesselView unit installed, to have the engine information on the screen. I have a Garmin 2006C and I will be buying something more modern, maybe a Navico MFD and broadband radar.

Now I know that I will need to get either a Mercury two engine NMEA 2000 gateway or VesselView 4 or VesselView 7. As I understand, the VesselView 7s are being shipped now and they are based on the Simrad NSS7, a proven platform. I don't understand anything about the VesselView 4 and I assume it is a totally new thing and I have seen it only on a YouTube video. I know from the Mercury brochure that the VesselView 4 will work with twin engines but I cannot see any pictures with the graphics to see how it looks.

I like the idea of getting a second chart plotter with the VesselView 7, but it is three times more expensive than the four inch one.

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I don't know about the 4 but the 7 sure looks nice!
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If you go with a Simrad - I would go with the VV7 - then you have map sharing - all accessories work together - and you have a full backup instrument. I have mine on order but Mercury shafts all us non US buyers with delivery maybe in September because they have to clear the old stocks first.
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by kaz911 View Post
If you go with a Simrad - I would go with the VV7 - then you have map sharing - all accessories work together - and you have a full backup instrument. I have mine on order but Mercury shafts all us non US buyers with delivery maybe in September because they have to clear the old stocks first.
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I am not in the USA. My boat is in Thailand. We had to wait for five months for the 150 FourStrokes and Mercury said that the new vesselview would be shipped within 3 months.

I am trying to find out more about the units before placing the deposit. I learn something new every day. Today I was told that the Vesselview 7 will work with Garmin and Raymarine MFDs, but there shall be some problems, I think.
I cannot find anything about the NMEA 2000 GPS antenna, mentioned in the Mercuty brochure. The materials say that the antenna will give the VesselView 7 full capabilities of the NSS7 without connecting the Vesselview to the Navico plotter.


I have no experience with Simrad and Simrads are scarce here, people here have Garmins and Raymarine plotters, mostly of older generations. The VesselView 7 and NSS7 will look good side by side , but my console is narrow and I need to go to the boat with tape measure.
The Vesselview 4 and Lowrance HdS Touch 9" fit well.
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Originally Posted by Ynp View Post
Thank you.
I am not in the USA. My boat is in Thailand. We had to wait for five months for the 150 FourStrokes and Mercury said that the new vesselview would be shipped within 3 months.

I am trying to find out more about the units before placing the deposit. I learn something new every day. Today I was told that the Vesselview 7 will work with Garmin and Raymarine MFDs, but there shall be some problems, I think.
I cannot find anything about the NMEA 2000 GPS antenna, mentioned in the Mercuty brochure. The materials say that the antenna will give the VesselView 7 full capabilities of the NSS7 without connecting the Vesselview to the Navico plotter.


I have no experience with Simrad and Simrads are scarce here, people here have Garmins and Raymarine plotters, mostly of older generations. The VesselView 7 and NSS7 will look good side by side , but my console is narrow and I need to go to the boat with tape measure.
The Vesselview 4 and Lowrance HdS Touch 9" fit well.
They are just saying in needs gps signal to get all of the info. You will need gps signal to get location data on whatever unit you get. Some displays have built in gps receiver and some don't and need an antenna.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
They are just saying in needs gps signal to get all of the info. You will need gps signal to get location data on whatever unit you get. Some displays have built in gps receiver and some don't and need an antenna.
Thank you. It makes sense now.
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I found a couple of pictures and the GUI of the VesselView 7 for the[ATTACH][/ATTACH] twin engine installation looks much better

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I do not like the single RPM sweep on the VV4
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I cannot find anybody who have seen the VesselView 4"yet.
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Thank you all for your help here and on PMs. Ordered the Vesselview 7. Maybe an overkill for my small boat...
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ordered a vv4 monday, number 40 on the backorder list. if i get it soon, i will post some pics
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I have a VV7 and love it. Networking with my NSS12 is flawless.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by texasagg View Post
I have a VV7 and love it. Networking with my NSS12 is flawless.
It looks real good! Thank you for the photo.

Have you used the VV7 as a secondary chart plotter yet?
How are the units networked, by a single Ethernet Cable of through the NEP-2?
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Where are you getting information on these? I've been through both the mercury and mercruiser sites and they only have info on the 'old' version.
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Originally Posted by Ynp View Post
It looks real good! Thank you for the photo.

Have you used the VV7 as a secondary chart plotter yet?
How are the units networked, by a single Ethernet Cable of through the NEP-2?
The unit works just like the NSS7. I would have to check but I assume it is the Ethernet connection. Here are a few more picks. One is a standard NSS screenshot.
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Next to the NSS12
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Perhaps this was a function in other gauges but the cruise control function is nice and per the manual it appears that you can have different launch settings programmed. Too advanced for what I need but my primary reason for selection was to get the NSS7 and not have to have another gauge.

Also my czone is controlled by either unit as well as the sonic hub which is mounted inside the console.
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
ordered a vv4 monday, number 40 on the backorder list. if i get it soon, i will post some pics
How much is vessel view 4? I would like to replace my smartcraft gauges with one
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Originally Posted by texasagg View Post
Perhaps this was a function in other gauges but the cruise control function is nice and per the manual it appears that you can have different launch settings programmed. Too advanced for what I need but my primary reason for selection was to get the NSS7 and not have to have another gauge.

Also my czone is controlled by either unit as well as the sonic hub which is mounted inside the console.
Thank you for the info , very helpful.
The uncluttered console looks very smart.
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Originally Posted by tjw2005 View Post
How much is vessel view 4? I would like to replace my smartcraft gauges with one
$1000 msrp for the vesselview 4

$2000 msrp for the vesselview 7
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
$1000 msrp for the vesselview 4

$2000 msrp for the vesselview 7
Thanks! Any idea what the back of the vesselview 4 looks like? (will it fit into a smart craft gauge hole or does it require a rectangular opening?)
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Finally got a vessel view 4 in. Sorry it's still in the box, I am rigging the boat this week and will post some more shots when it's mounted and powered up.
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