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Author Topic: Vessel View 703 - General Questions  (Read 2689 times)
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« on: January 09, 2018, 10:51:54 pm »

Short Version
  • Which, if any, navigation cards does the Vessel View 703 support?
  • Does the Vessel View 703 have a traditional sonar functionality?
  • If your Vessel View goes down, can you still start your motor and get home?

Longer Version (after also calling Mercury)
I have never seen or used a Vessel View.  Neither has the dealer I spoke with who is brining a new 189 ProV GL in with a Vessel View 703 and a 200 Verado (L6).  In very general conversations with them the assumption is that the Vessel View takes the place of your Smart Craft Gauges, Chart Plotter, and Sonar.  However, I wanted to fully understand its functionality.  I did not find much here on the forum (maybe I am searching wrong terms) and the manuals (https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/ca/gauges-and-controls/gauges-displays/vesselview/software/) for Vessel View don't seem to provide a clear answer to my general questions. Hence, I called Mercury and asked if the Vessel View provides sonar functionality.  They said no.  I told them that the build sheet for the boat has a specific line item called "Upgrade Vessel View To Total Scan Transducer", so there must be some functionality or relationship to sonar.  They said no.  At that point I did not bother to ask them anything else.

I then looked at the manual which shows two sonar connection ports.  Hence I am a little confused and would love any insight to my questions listed above.

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Location: Fort Lauderdale area
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 10:55:58 pm »

Did you google? This says it does:


Welcome! Please search First, no problem is really new, also motor year and hours when posting
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 11:27:29 pm »

Now that you mention it. I think I have may have a while back!  It actually probably triggered my question to Mercury. 

In particular, that annoucement mentions "Built-in features include a 10Hz GPS and chart plotter capability (regional electronic chart cards purchased separately)" and "VesselView 703 also has an integrated echosounder and true dual-channel CHIRP, making it an essential fishing companion".

At first crack, Mercury could really not provide support information on either (maybe I will call back and try to get someone else).  Also, I found it strange that the online user manuals had nothing about using sonar.

Just hoping someone hear might be able to comment based on direct expecerince using the product.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 05:09:24 pm »

it is very difficult to get technical support on the Mercury vessel view product line. i started first with certified mercury dealer for verados. when i asked how to recall max speed and rpm, the technician asks what is a "vessel view." since i have a technical contact at Mercury racing, i asked them the same ?. they new what vessel view is and told me with some authority that top speed recall does not exist. i have since found that max speed can be viewed by depressing the section on a screen where MPH is shown. there does not appear to be a peak RPM function but i will continue to search.

i think Mecury needs to hold training classes for certified dealers. also, part of the problem is that is is really a Garmin product. i think that contacting their customer support may result in more knowledge.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 02:17:12 am »

I better step in and help clear up a few things.

  The VesselView 703 is:

-A Simrad (Navico) product - nothing in the product line is Garmin.
-The display is specifically a relabeled NSS7 EVO3 - 100% feature complete
-Supports the newer black connector Navico/Simrad/Lowrance transducers
-Requires a VesselView Link (Multi if you have 2 or more engines)
-The display and link both need to be wired into a NMEA2000 network

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 05:55:02 pm »

I get the same run-around. My original vessel view (8m0029457) has a bad led screen. I want to replace it, but they are obsolete and not available. I was looking to purchase the vv703 (because it should fit in the same hole),  but all the connections and harnesses are different!  I donít need the plotter, gps, sonor functions; i just use it for my Engine data (twin 300Vís, 2009).
Has anyone had to replace a 1st gen. Vessel view?  Does anyone know where I could buy one or get my LED screen fixed.
$2400.00 for a VV703 plus installation of a complete setup is crazy!  Seems like the VV703 is not worth the effort, especially if you canít get any support.

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