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10-09-2018 03:41 PM
Ches Thanks Hot Runr
I also wish I could see one prior to purchasing. My thinking is that it would be strange for Merc to build a lead they know would mave to be caped off 100% of the time. You would think they would just terminate within. I hope your buddy is right with his thinking. I would rather save the $60 for the junction box and the space. Thanks for following thru for me.
10-09-2018 11:43 AM
Hot Runr Guy
Originally Posted by Ches View Post
You could be right, but I hope not. It would be great if the two leads would let me just put it inline from engine to monitor. But thats wishfull thinking. Looking forward to what your friend has to say. Funny how all the you tube and Merc videos never talk about the second lead.
He's telling me that the 2nd lead can be used for your existing data cable, but I'm asking him for further confirmation of that. I think I've read where the 2nd connector only has (2) wires going to it (for the CAN BUS resistor), but it would need to have 4 or 5 in order to send power to the gauge or MercMonitor.

It would be great if I could see this harness in person. I've built enough of these cables to know them pretty well.

10-09-2018 07:18 AM
Originally Posted by Farmerj View Post
Is vessel view eco mode available with mobile too?

No, it does not have eco mode. Nor does it let you control RPM or control anything else. What it does do for around $250 is to monitor and display on your smartphone, engine functions such as but not limited to; RPM, GPS speed, oil pressure and temp, water temp and pressure if the sending unit is installed, battery voltage, total fuel, current fuel flow, total fuel flow, engine hours, sea temp, engine fault codes and maintenance records and schedule. There is also a GPS map display that shows your position (kind of like Google maps). The map can also display nearby marinas and on and off water fueling stations. Also restaurants, bars and - SUPRISE!, Mercury sales and service dealerships. The main display also shows air temp and wind speed and direction. I almost forgot to mention, there is a function called HOLESHOT. It has a dragstrip type "Christmas tree" with three yellow and one green light that counts down to your start and times your 0 to 20 mph time in seconds and tenth of seconds. It will also records your top speed and rpm. I have used these functions for prop testing, which adds safety and accuracy to the process. This is not a complete list as I haven't had enough time with mine to discover everything yet. For the price, especially if you don't already have smartcraft mercmonitor or the full blown VV display that can be ordered on your new boat for over $2000, it's a heck of a bargain.

10-08-2018 09:04 PM
Ches Just so you don't wonder why a guy with a Level 2 Merc Monitor would want to add a Vessel View Mobile. Well, my eyes are getting old and since I have a tiller, I almost have to get on my hands and Knees to see codes. I usually keep it on RPM bold and water pressure and temp in the small boxes.
10-08-2018 09:02 PM
Farmerj Is vessel view eco mode available with mobile too?

10-08-2018 08:54 PM
Ches My Blue extender cable must have the yellow bands because when I installed my Merc Monitor, I ran the Blue cable to the engine, removed terminator and plugged it in. On the other end, I plugged the short black cable that came with the Merc Monitor to the blue cable and Merc Monitor, no terminator caps.
10-08-2018 08:51 PM
Farmerj Vessel view overview

10-08-2018 08:49 PM
Ches Ok, too slow at typing, didn't see the response.
10-08-2018 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by Hot Runr Guy View Post
at about the :50 second mark, they show moving the OEM termination resistor to that 2nd lead.


I did see that, you put a terminator on any open lead, even on the unused ports of a terminal block. So if that extra lead acts as a terminal port, can I pass thru data to my Merc Monitor? Thats the question, What is it for. Like I said, I hope it is a port I can hook into Vs purchasing a 4 port teminal block.
10-08-2018 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by Hot Runr Guy View Post
Smartcraft architecture requires the use of 1 or 2 termination resistors (depending on size) somewhere in the circuit. When the VVM is plugged directly into the powerhead, the TR is moved to the 2nd lead. When the VVM is plugged into a multi-port junction block, there is probably a TR already in the circuit, so the 2nd lead remains capped off.

Smartcraft data cables that have yellow "bands" near the connectors have a termination resistor built into that end of the cable.

I haven't installed vessel view yet because I want the harness and sensors for water temp and pressure and fuel pressure.

No one seems to have much information on those as well
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