Engine Data on a 2002

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  1. Jersey Steve

    Jersey Steve New Member

    2
    Nov 30, 2019
    South jersey
    2002 Sundancer 300
    5.0 Merc MPIs w/Bravo III
    Hi everybody,
    I’m a newbie to this forum. In process of purchasing a 2002 Sundancer 300 with 5.0 Mercs. Survey/sea trial in a few days. Has an old Raytheon TriData ST50 and a newer, but basic Garmin GPS. Not sure what info he displays now on the ST50. Plan to do some flooring and electronics upgrades, everything else seems ready to go. What options do I have for this year of boat? Does in have NMEA2000 network communication? Ideally I’d like a decent sized touch screen for chart plotter and a separate display for other data if communications are possible. Admiral says “we are spending enough, no open checkbook”. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    From the factory you won't have any NMEA 2000 connectivity. However, your engines are likely SmartCraft capable. You'd need to add the wiring harness from each engine, a junction box, and a SmartCraft to NMEA 2000 gateway. From there you'd connect up to an NMEA 2000 capable MFD and/or NMEA data display.
     
  3. Jersey Steve

    Jersey Steve New Member

    2
    Nov 30, 2019
    South jersey
    2002 Sundancer 300
    5.0 Merc MPIs w/Bravo III
    Thanks!
     
  4. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I may have over-simplified a bit for brevity. Once you add your first NMEA2000 device, you need to build your network which at a minimum requires a male terminator, a female terminator, a power tap, and a backbone cable. Then you'll need 1 t-connector plus drop cable for each device you are adding.
     
  5. ColoSR

    ColoSR Member

    57
    Apr 25, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundeck 220
    MX 6.2L MPI Mercruiser with 2.2 Bravo III drive
    If you are budget limited, the mercury vessel view mobile is a good option. It’s about $200 and transmits all the smartcraft data to your phone over Bluetooth
     
  6. DWABoat

    DWABoat Member

    94
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    For us 2003 and prior owners, we may be SOL for the Vessel View Mobile. From the website,
    Compatible Engines
    *VesselView Mobile is compatible with all SmartCraft-compatible Mercury outboards and sterndrive engines (2004 and newer, 40hp and up).
     
  7. ColoSR

    ColoSR Member

    57
    Apr 25, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundeck 220
    MX 6.2L MPI Mercruiser with 2.2 Bravo III drive
    Mine is a 2003 and it works. They started converting the motors around 2001. Call mercury with your motor serial number and they will tell you if it will work.
     
  8. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    It works on my 2002
     
  9. DWABoat

    DWABoat Member

    94
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    Is the Vessel View better, lesser, or different than the Fox Gateway monitor I have heard of?
     
  10. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    The operative word is “may”. In the time period 99-04 Smartcraft was available on some engines and not on others. Our 02 496 was one such that was SC capable, but SR chose not to implement it. In fact, I converted our 280 to a full suite of Smartcraft gauges and system view display. At one time Merc published a listing by serial number for each of their engines that were Smartcraft capable. My suggestion would be to look up your engine serial number, as a Smartcraft gateway is the simplest way to get nmea2000 on your boat.

    Whether to go with a wireless gateway, or wired is simple in my mind if a new MFD is in the picture. Many MFDs now come with wireless capability. Go the wired route.

    H
     

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