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    MERCRUISER ECM555 NMEA 2000-gctid808566

    Hello all Question

    Do I really need to purchase Vessel view in order to get the NMEA 2000 interface. Can you not directly connect to the ECM?
    John McLellan White Rock BC
    "Halifax Jack"
    1999 2855 383 stroker BII
    MMSI 316004337

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    "hfxjack" post=808566 wrote:
    Hello all Question

    Do I really need to purchase Vessel view in order to get the NMEA 2000 interface. Can you not directly connect to the ECM?
    Vessel view or a Mercmonitor is required. They are the "gateway" that do the language translation between CANBUS and NMEA2000. The 555ECM doesn't speak native NMEA2K.
    Terry
    1999 Bayliner 3388
    Twin Cummins 4BTA
    Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
    Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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      #3
      Thanks

      Which leads to is there a less expensive canbus to n2k gateway
      John McLellan White Rock BC
      "Halifax Jack"
      1999 2855 383 stroker BII
      MMSI 316004337

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        #4
        Nothing I've heard of. Mercruiser have put their own special proprietary wrapper on the ECM555 so you have to buy their stuff to decode it.

        That said, I owned the Mercmonitor on 2 boats now. It more than pays for itself. For one, it tells you fuel economy and optimal speed so save gas $$$. Plus, if your boat throws a code, it will tell you the code detail in plain english rather than simply state "check engine". Had that happen with an IAC sensor. Boat started beeping -- Mercmonitor simply stated IAC fault. $45 later and problem fixed. Had I taken it to a mechanic -- I'd be looking at a full boat unit of $1000.
        Terry
        1999 Bayliner 3388
        Twin Cummins 4BTA
        Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
        Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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          #5
          Vesselview 4, vesselview 7, Mermonitor, Mercury gateway modeule,

          Mercury gateway module is the cheapest way can be displayed on MFD, if you already own one.
          Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
          Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
          93 3058 sold
          92 2855 (day boat)
          91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
          Longbranch WA
          Life is Good

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