Vessel View engines swapped

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by JimFlyFast, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. JimFlyFast

    JimFlyFast New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2020
    San Juan Islands, WA
    2004 Sundancer 320
    Mercruiser 350 MAG MPI V drives

    I have been reading this forum for about a year, and have found the brain trust here pretty remarkable.

    Last month we bought a 2004 320 Sundancer with 350 MAG MPI engines with smart craft and about 450 hours on the engines. I noticed on the the first trip that the engine displays are correct (ie, port engine is displayed on the port 2 displays etc), but the center display when you bring up the engine sync display that they are backwards (ie it shows the RPMs reversed). Yesterday I installed Vessel View mobile module (which was really easy) and when I started up, the engines were reversed on the VV. Any ideas on how these engine indications got swapped?

    Second question, both engines start normally when cold. The port engine, when restarting after a short shutdown, sometimes starts just fine, and sometimes starts and quits after about 2 seconds. It will do that unless I start with the throttle advanced. Once it runs at 1100-1200 rpm for about 5 seconds it idles just fine. Suggestions here too?
  2. ColoSR

    ColoSR Member

    Apr 25, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundeck 220
    MX 6.2L MPI Mercruiser with 2.2 Bravo III drive
    Jim, I have heard that you need dealer scan tools to set port and starboard on the VesselView.

    As far as the engine trouble, it sounds like it could be vapor lock but you could probably get some better info if you put your question in the gas engine section. Good luck!
  3. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    From the factory, all engines report as engine #1. When you add SmartCraft displays, the starboard engine needs to be configured as engine #2, or weird things happen. I had to do this when I added the Mercury SC-NMEA2000 gateway. This can be done by any Merc mechanic who has the appropriate software or scan tool. I did it myself by purchasing A TechMate scanner from Rinda Technologies. They also sell a software solution called Diacom which I believe can do it as well. Both items are relatively expensive, so best to just hire it out unless you foresee other needs for the tools.

    In your case it could also be that someone inadvertently got the engine numbers reversed when programming them to work with SC
    Chris-380 likes this.

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