Smart craft vessel view model

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Nmor830, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. Nmor830

    Nmor830 Member

    59
    Sep 12, 2016
    Channel Islands
    2008 340 Sundancer
    8.1l Mercruisers
    I have the Smart Craft Vessel View installed on a 2008 340 Sundancer. Both speed/paddle wheel, water temp, and depth transducers have stopped working. I cannot find the specific model number for the Smart Craft component? The parts distributer has the transducers but asked for a model # of the vessel view. Can’t find it anywhere on the device or even when researching. Does anyone know what it might be for this model year or is it just called the Smart Craft Vessel View?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nick
     
  2. 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
    Nick,

    does it look like this?

    upload_2020-2-24_7-50-10.png

    This one is the first generation version of the SmartCraft VesselView. This was based on the SmartCraft system and could only import data by nmea0183. As far as I know this is out of production but replacements/refurbished units can be found on eBay. There is a smaller version that was known as the SystemView5000. That is a LCD display and while it would work, is a step backwards.

    Has the display failed? As far as the SOG is concerned you can get that from your gps by way of importing data from nmea0183. The connection may already be made if you can get waypoint data and stats such as time to waypoint.

    The thing to keep in mind is that you could have transducers based on the navigation Electronics (like Raymarine, or Garmin) where the data comes from the transducers attached to the nav gear and then is passed to the VesselView.

    So a bit more data is needed.
     
  3. RBB

    RBB Active Member

    329
    Dec 18, 2019
    Kentucky
    2004 390 MY
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    8.1’s
    This is in my 2004 390my if it helps. ED775E5B-8A48-4EB8-8A81-5333190EDA20.jpeg
     
  4. 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
    RBB,

    At least from 2007 SR installed the larger display on the 3xx gas engine boats. So the OP’s 2008 340 would have had the color display. That is only if some previous owner didn’t replace it with something else.
     
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  5. sfergson727

    sfergson727 Administrator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 12, 2007
    Washington Park Marina, Michigan City
    '07 340 DA, E97, A75, VV4, Soft Top
    '18 Boston Whaler 15 Montauk
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives, Mercury 60 HP Bigfoot
    Sounds like a great excuse to do this to your 340 (vessel view 4) CFD18F35-19AF-415C-83F9-5F8BCCFDD6B0.jpeg 2AB8ABA8-EDEA-47E5-9A3B-21017AA0052D.jpeg E34EA0A9-86D6-4615-BF22-3947429AA948.jpeg
     
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  6. alnav

    alnav Active Member

    908
    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    Nick, I had this same problem a few years ago but it wasn't directly related to Smartcraft. Prior to the failure, were you able to see depth/speed/temp on displays other than your Vessel View? Are you able to see it elsewhere now? Since the Smartcraft architecture only allowed for one-way (in) NMEA data flow, there needed to be a way to get transducer info to both the Vessel View and other electronics if installed. The solution was an device that takes in the transducer info and sends it out to both Smartcraft and the installed Chartplotter. On my 2008, the Raymarine E8501 Seatalk/NMEA Interface Box was used. My E8501 failed which caused the loss of transducer info. These boxes are now known as "NMEA multiplexers" and there are a variety of models to choose from if this is your problem and you can't find an E8501. Pictures of the E8501:
    E8501 Cover.jpeg E8501 Internal.jpeg
    I have a copy of the SeaRay standard installation drawing for Raymarine E120's if that happens to be your original outfit.
     
  7. Nmor830

    Nmor830 Member

    59
    Sep 12, 2016
    Channel Islands
    2008 340 Sundancer
    8.1l Mercruisers
    Thanks for the info. Yes this is the unit I have. The depth, temp and speed were all working until a short time ago. The paddle wheel on the speed transducer is broken off. Diver brought it up. I do get speed from the Raymarine display which translates to the gauges on the panel.The depth failure is a bit more of a concern. From what I researched here on CSR these transducers are prone to fail. Just want to be sure to order the correct one that works with this vessel view model. Everything else on the unit works fine. Thanks Again. Nick
     
  8. Tsebesy

    Tsebesy New Member

    2
    Mar 22, 2012
    Cedar point ohio
    270 Sundancer
    t-4.3l
    Same issue here and I am stumped. 2004 320. I dont have a vessel view display only my gauges.

    I dont get speed, air temp, sea temp, or depth. ( as I can recall from last year)

    I spent hours reading that one gauge need to be turned off and one on for these temps but could not find a way to make it work. My air temp is 179 degrees. Yikes. And water is flat bar zero.
    Please let me know what you find because I'm going to go into the water soon and if transducer I want to replac .
     
  9. 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
    Tsebesy,
    The boat is currently out of the water? Are your results from while the boat is on land, or last season before haul out?
     

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