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Offline Gord Bird

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MercMonitor Install
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:05:46 AM »
Having spent a fair amount of time looking into requirements for the install and having to put in 4 orders + shipping (complete with postal strike in the middle) to get all the bits.  I thought I could save others some of the efforts.  Please feel free to source the gear as you wish, I include the links to detail the items and as well they were the best prices I could find.

MercMonitor Install / HumminBird 798ci internal GPS feed /  2010 Mercury 90 EFI  4-stroke

Here is a link http://www.mercurymarine.com/_media/pdfs/smartcraft/components/MercMonitor-sell-sheet.pdf to the monitor info with regards to information available from various mercury engines.

Some research may be required to determine whether or not your engine is smartcraft capable and digitally fitted.

This is a link http://www.mercurymarine.com/_media/pdfs/smartcraft/components/NMEA-Gateway-sell-sheet.pdf showing the various possibilities and data level requirements.

You should choose the Monitor which best suits your needs.  I choose the Data level 2 single engine,

Parts Required:

Choose one of the kits below.
Data level 1 single engine http://www.veradoclubparts.com/Merc_Monitor_Gauge_with_NMEA_2000_p/79-8m0055120.htm
Data level 2 single engine http://www.veradoclubparts.com/Merc_Monitor_Gauge_with_NMEA_2000_p/79-8m0055121.htm
Data level 3 multi-engine http://www.veradoclubparts.com/Merc_Monitor_Gauge_with_NMEA_2000_p/79-8m0055123.htm

As well you will need:

a 20 ft. engine to console harness  (required if your vessel is not rigged for Smartcraft) http://www.veradoclubparts.com/product_p/84-879982t20.htm
a Gender Bender (connecting engine Smartcraft harness to the MercMonitor Harness) in place of J-Box below http://www.veradoclubparts.com/CABLE_ASSEMBLY_MALE_p/84-892452t01.htm

The fitting of Monitor and Engine cabling is straight forward. The harness on the monitor can look quite daunting, however the product information sheets are clear and concise.  Because I was only installing one monitor with no other inputs there was no requirement for the junction box http://www.veradoclubparts.com/JUNCTION_BOX_KIT_p/87-8492k14.htm

Because my 2010 mercury model ME90ELPT 4S is not fully digital, I had to order Conversion kit 889250 K01 http://www.perfprotech.com/store/assembly/SmartCraft-Conversion-Kit-75-thru-115-L4NA,11744-97,889250K01.aspx in order to get digital Trim input to MercMonitor, as well the kit will also convert water pressure (speed) and oil pressure to digital, as well as engine coolant pressure.   N.B. Install of the pressure sensing line for the coolant water should be done by technician if not mechanically inclined or wish to avoid warranty issues. 

I used the GPS information from my HumminBird 798 CI which was not NMEA 2000 compliant, but rather the older NMEA 0183 protocol and so did not have to concern myself with the N2K portion of the MercMonitor harness, although its nice to know I have an upgrade path, should I wish trade up in chart plotters / fish finders or add in some other bits. 

The required GPS feed to the MercMonitor harness was easy to find and is clearly labelled IN 0183 with the wires being white with a blue stripe (data +) and Blue with white stripe (data -).

 Here is the kit required for the HumminBird side of the solution http://store.humminbird.com/products/322947/AS_HHGPS

With this I was able to use the Y adapter to replace the WeatherSense antenna plug in the bottom of the Chart plotter / fish finder mount and plug the WeatherSense plug into one side of the Y labelled Accy-COM and the second cable in the kit to connect to the other half of the Y labelled NMEA-COM.  This second cable has four wires which are:

Red which is +12 volts and is not to be used
Black which is Ground
Green which is NMEA in
White which is NMEA out

I connected white to white and black to the blue, tested the system, then soldered the connections and weather sealed them. 

On to boat trials .

I was very happy with the results to say the least!  Having gained lots of new info such as:

Engine Hours, till this time I had been only guessing at.

All engine alarms, with suggestions for dealing with.

Digital trim gauge, which pops up for an adjustable time each time the trim button is used no matter what screen you are on.

Data Trap of Boat speed and Engine RPMs. This was great for prop testing speed runs allowing more concentration on trimming of the boat. The trapped data is held in internal memory until exceeded.

make up to 5 display pages with any three functions.

Fuel consumption in total as well as burn rates.

Heading, GPS LAT and LONG position.

Troll control, which allows you to control engine RPMs between from as low as 550 RPMs up to 1000 RPMs . You simply put the engine in gear at idle and press two buttons at the same time and its engaged, adjustable up and down using two buttons and stays where set when you exit the mode.  Exiting is as easy as moving the shift to neutral or pressing the two buttons again.

ECO mode will direct you to raise or lower either or both the trim or engine speed to get the most economical boat speed for long hauls. (if the N2K network is used and you have digital sensors
in your fuel tank, it will give you range on the tank as you trim / power up and down as well.)

All of that as well as the usual things such as engine temp, water pressure and oil pressure.

I hope this helps out in understanding what is required.  :driving:
« Last Edit: October 13, 2011, 09:29:29 PM by Gord Bird »
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Offline scottw

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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 01:17:11 PM »
Wow, that was a lot of information.
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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 01:17:11 PM »

Offline Gord Bird

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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 04:52:40 PM »
I know it's a bit long, but all the info is not in one place when you research the guage.  As well the only details on GPS feed were using an external GPS antenna and taking the feed from that.  All indications prior to starting the install was that my engine was capable of supplying the info to the guage, which was only partially true as I still had to convert the engine from analog to digital.  All of the on-line research mentioned a gender bender (female / female)to hook the two harnesses together, when in fact the harnesses were both Female  and what was really needed was a male/male genderbender.  I then had to contact the company which supplied the info to another fishing forum and was the source of my info as well as being the place I ordered my gear from.  After a quick check, they confirmed they had indeed supplied the wrong info to Fourm and shipped me the correct part.  So as I said when I posted, I just want to save others the grief.

Cheers
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Offline Mike LaPierre

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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 07:22:50 PM »
I have heard of a few guys that have saved serious damage to their motors by having the MercMonitor installed.  The Eco feature is also neat option.  I certainly would consider putting one in my next boat

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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 09:50:51 PM »
I hope to buy one over the winter.
There's also lots of info for MercMonitor installation and what's needed at Bass Boat Central . com in the Mercury motor section.  Don Weed (screen name EuropeanAM) has a Merc dealership and is a genius with that stuff. 
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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 06:59:42 PM »
Well folks, guess what the new boat doesn't have? Parts are ordered now I just need my baby back from winter storage. 
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Re: MercMonitor Install
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 04:27:20 AM »
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