Simrad and Mercury

  Hi all, 

 

I am looking at a boat birthday and Im considering a Mercury + SimRad combo as SimRAd talks to Mercury at a software level. Has anyone had any experiences with this combination good or bad? Considering the NSS Evo2 with a 150Hp Merc.

 

Cheers.

 

PT


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I've got that exact combo...

Wed, 2017-07-26 12:31

I've got that exact combo... You're welcome to check it out if you like. (SOR Nr Freo)

I'm really happy with it. I was going to go completely gaugeless on the merc and just use the NSS12Evo2 but the black box and vessel view gauge are the same price so figured I might as well get the 4" merc vesselview for the extra screen realestate.

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Thanks for the invite

Sun, 2017-07-30 22:08

Hi Darren,

 

Cheers for the invite, but Im just South of Lanclin so a bit far to go!!

 

I had reservations of going coletely gaugeless - maybe just too old fashioned, but glad to hear your happy with the combo.  I think perhaps twin 7" screens might be the way to go.

 

Cheers

 

Andrew 

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 Hi mate,I have the 2014 Merc

Wed, 2017-07-26 13:29

 Hi mate,

I have the 2014 Merc 150, Nss7/P66 and vesselview 7. Love the motor, and don't mind the Simrad/vesselview combo but I don't love it and am considering an upgrade.

Like:

  • This is my first large outboard and in my limited view, I love it. Very easy to self service and I've put 170 hrs on it and 2 self services with no problems.
  • Vesselview (which is made by Simrad for Mercury) can operate with as any screen that the simrad has can so you can have anything anywhere.
  • Engine data on any and all screens (I think this can happen with any brand MFD)
  • Simrad is easy to use and the navigation function is really good
  • Dial and button controls are reall good, especially in rough conditions.

Disslike:

  • Doesn't seem to be that much acceptance of Simrad in WA and support is limited.
  • I'm having problems with leaving both screens on with the engine off which I like to do so I can have a map on one and full sounder on the other. There is some kind of electrical interference going on which causes the sounder to become unreadable. Probably something simple but I having had the time to try and solve it yet. It means I need to turn the key off loosing the vesselview and use split screen on the NSS7 which defeats the purpose of the second screen.
  • Nss7 and P66 is reasonable for pleasure vessel navigation but very average for fishing. This is the reason I want to upgrade. I think the evo3 is possibly a lot better with Chirp but I'm gunshy and am more interested in the gear coming soon from Raymarine call Axiom pro.

I personally think you'd be crazy to buy Evo 2 when the 3 is out, looks like they've gone back to better button controls which were decreased on the Evo2. I'm in Hamersley and happy to also show it to you if you like. 

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Grunte, Is your NSS7 an EVO2

Wed, 2017-07-26 13:40

Grunte,

 

Is your NSS7 an EVO2 model? I'm having pretty good success with the TM150 chirp transducer on my reef runner

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 Hi Darren,No mate, mine is

Mon, 2017-07-31 10:26

 Hi Darren,

No mate, mine is Evo 1.

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Evo 3

Sun, 2017-07-30 22:14

Hi Guntre,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

I was looking at the Evo3 for sure. Its interesting you cant find support for Simrad, and also dissapointing. Also fishing is what I would be using it for, I was hoping the CHIRP would be an upgrade from the Evo2.

 

Might have to do a bit more research.

 

Glad you have found the Merc a good engine, as I have pretty much settled on that.

 

Thanks so much for the post.  I appreciate it.

 

PT 

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 No worries, Glad to help.

Mon, 2017-07-31 10:37

 No worries, Glad to help. It's nice for people to tell the good and bad about their gear.

I'll be interested to hear how you go with the EVo 3 and what transducer you choose. Single or dual channel. I'm going towards a single channel Chirp 1Kw, maybe a B175H but it will depend on the unit I buy. I really want crisp and clear bottom detail for dropping cray pots and generally looking for live ground so a narrow cone is probably what I'm after. If I go with the Raymarine and the Realview #D works well at showing the bottom in detail with the weed, I might go for a B175M which will give me more depth potential for deeper dropping.

It's all very difficult to decide and I'm doing loads of readind and research at the moment. My budget is $5-$5.5K and I don't want to be disapointed.

I have found a guy called Peter at MARITIME ELECTRONIC SERVICES who is really helpful and hepled me sort out another Simrad problem the other day.