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I bet most will be able to find good deals on VV 4's and 7's as Merc just launched the new VV 502 and 702 at the Miami boat show last week. I played with the 502 at the show and its nice and intuitive. They changed the tac screen to match the 702 and prior VV7. The VV4 has a "stacked" tach, rather than two gauges like the 7/702, which I am not a fan of. The 502 really seems no different than the 702, or old 7 for that matter, just the screen is 5 inches. The 4's are so small so this is a good step up and affordable option plus the smaller 502 can now serve as a chartplotter, where you couldn't with the old 4's. The guy at the show didn't know what the cost was going to be yet, however he said they will likely be available in June. He guessed a couple hundred more than the current VV4.
When Mercury Marine introduced its VesselView onboard management system, it put real-time data on boat and engine performance at the operator’s fingertips. Now, Mercury is launching two new state-of-the-art VesselView multi-function displays, the VesselView502 and VesselView702, at the Miami International Boat Show, February 11-15*.
The new VesselView502 has a 5-inch widescreen display with 16x9 HD aspect ratio. Its multi-touch interface screen has no buttons (although users may opt for a remote display control interface with rotary dial and buttons). Data for up to four engines can be displayed onscreen. VesselView502 is capable of interfacing with broadband sonar with CHIRP, DownScan imaging, and a full-featured chart plotter (operators need to purchase detailed maps for their boating region). Equipped with a Micro SD card slot on the back of the unit, it comes with internal high-speed, 10 Hz GPS; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth, and it is GoFree cloud-enabled.
The VesselView702 comes with a 7-inch widescreen display with 16x9 HD aspect ratio. Its multi-touch screen incorporates a keypad and rotary dial. Data from up to four engines can be displayed onscreen. The unit incorporates two video inputs and a Micro SD card slot. An Ethernet connection allows it to interface with radar, sonar and chart-sharing (one card, multiple devices). The VesselView702 also features internal GPS and a full-featured chart plotter (operators need to purchase detailed maps for their boating region). A GoFree WiFi module is included as part of the kit.
Both new VesselView multi-function displays are NMEA 2000-compatible and are capable of interfacing with AIS (Automatic Identification System), C-Zone digital switching and audio interfaces from Fusion Link or Sonic Hub. Free periodic software updates will be available via WiFi through the GoFree Store.
*Mercury VesselView 502 and VesselView702 will be released for sale in May 2016.