It is now possible to read all the engines’ information provided by Mercury VesselView directly on the Garmin and Raymarine screens. Thanks to the new Mercury SmartCraft Connect
With the abundance of electronics we have nowadays on board, and the resulting prolification of displays, gauges and instruments, it’s nice to know that there are those who work for integration and simplification.
Mercury has just announced the release of Mercury SmartCraft Connect, an interface that transmits all the engine information provided by VesselView to the on-board multifunction displays (used for chartplotters and much more).
Actually this was already possible with Lowrance and Simrad screens, but from today the compatibility extends (and a lot) also to Garmin and Raymarine MFDs.
SmartCraft Connect and VesselView make the chartplotter the center of the world of your boat
In this way, on a single screen at your fingertips, you have on the one hand GPS plotter, depth sounder, radar, and everything related to navigation, and on the other the information and warnings on the Mercury engine (or engines): speed, temperature, fuel consumption, trim, levels and more.
Mercury SmartCraft Connect can be linked to up to 4 Mercury engines and uses information provided by Mercury VesselView. Which, according to the manufacturer, features more data, info and alerts than any other monitoring system in the marine industry.
“Our VesselView portfolio continues to perform exceptionally well in the market as we continue to strengthen our integration with Lowrance and Simrad displays. With the launch of SmartCraft Connect, we are responding to the needs of our boating community and expanding the Mercury experience to Garmin and Raymarine devices”, said Rob Hackbarth, SmartCraft product category director. “Boaters can have peace of mind and pay attention to more important things, like enjoying their time on the water”.
It’s not the “one-screen-controls-everything” solution as seen in Tesla cars cockpit, but it’s a clear path toward simplification.