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Vulcan 7 (all models) Software Updates

B&G are pleased to announce the release of the latest update for the Vulcan 7. This new release incorporates several new features and various improvements and fixes.
Note: The original Vulcan 7” is now longer supported for this software update due to incompatible Bluetooth Hardware.

Identifying your Vulcan 7:

Vulcan7 (original) Vulcan7 (FS): Vulcan7R(radar model)
[Software Upgrades for this product are discontinued] Ver 18.3 available Ver 18.3 available
Original Vulcan 7” can be identified as 'pre FS' or by the Blue Sonar Connector on the back. Vulcan 7FS Models have a black 9-pin Sonar connector and are 25mm thick.

7 (Radar models) have an 8mm thick bezel and a yellow ethernet connector on the back.


New features:

Advanced WindPlot

The Vulcan range of MFDs now support the Advanced Wind Plot which was previously only available on the Zeus range of MFDs.

WindPlot is a special type of Time Plot, specifically designed to help understand recent changes in wind speed and direction. The changes to WindPlot are aimed at providing users with a clearer view of wind trends, easier comparison of True Wind Speed (TWS) to True Wind Direction (TWD) and better display in small panels for use alongside charts, RacePanel or SailSteer features. Read Mark Chisnell's blog on using Advanced Windplot for hints and tips to help you get the best from the display. 

C-Map Embark Sync


It is now possible for MFDs to synchronise Waypoints, Routes and Tracks with the C-Map Embark passage planner app available on iOS and Android. This allows points of interest along with pre-prepared routes to be transferred to your MFD from the comfort of home.


Dual Mode WiFi

It is now possible for compatible MFDs with built-in WiFi to simultaneously connect to the Internet and your mobile device. This allows Navico’s Link app to be used while the MFD is connected to the Internet.

Menu and Tool Icon Changes

The Chart Menu has changed to a simpler layout to make it easier to find the desired setting. Along with the change to the Chart Menu, the ForwardScan menu has also been changed.

In addition to the Menu Changes, the “Files” tool user system has been renamed to “Storage” allowing direct access to Waypoints, Sonar Uploads and Transfers.


* Added support for the new NMEA2000® MOB PGN

- No change to how MOB feature operates today, but will now trigger with a range of external devices using NMEA2000®

* New progress bar added to show progress when calculating a route with Navionics Dock-2-Dock Auto-Routing feature.


* Fuel Remaining source is correctly stored during power cycles

* Fix for some missing tide stations with Navionics charts

* Instrument panel not working when system language is set to Greek

Download the Addendum to the User Manual to find out more about the new features


B&G are pleased to announce the release of the latest update for the Vulcan 7.

Identifying your Vulcan 7:

Vulcan7 (original) Vulcan7 (FS): Vulcan7R(radar model)
[Software Upgrades for this product are discontinued] Ver 18.2 available Ver 18.2 available
Original Vulcan 7” can be identified as 'pre FS' or by the Blue Sonar Connector on the back. Vulcan 7FS Models have a black 9-pin Sonar connector and are 25mm thick.

7 (Radar models) have an 8mm thick bezel and a yellow ethernet connector on the back.


Key features:

New Software Naming Convention

Previously software RTM (release to market) version numbers were device specific e.g. a Vulcan 7 could be have a version number of 4.0 while a Zeus² could have a version number of 7.0 even though the software is from the same feature stream This causes confusion as to what products have what features.
• From now on, all the software from the same feature stream will have the same version number irrespective of model
• The new version number is made of the Year and the sequential release number in that year. In this case for this version,18.2 means that it is the second release for 2018.
• Update file names will have the new Version number


Display Text Message



Compatible MFDs that have built in Bluetooth can now pair with a mobile phone and allow text messages to be displayed on the MFD. (Please note that this Bluetooth function is not available on the Vulcan 7 FS)
Depending on the type of phone, other functionality may be available:


Fixes and Improvements


  • Added support for Fusion Radios via Ethernet communications
  • An option is now available for a user to select when they would like to receive the next notification for software updates

Bugs Fixed

  • Phantom Loran position can be viewed in the instrument panel
  • Fix for RMC sentence missing time stamp
  • Radar overlay transparency control not working with Insight charts
  • Missing voltage setting in Auto pilot setup


B&G are pleased to announce the release of a new software update which includes new features for the Vulcan 7 (all models).

These exciting new features include:

    • Advanced WindPlot (Zeus series products only)
  • Device Registration
  • C-MAP Navigation Palette
  • Autorouting/Easy Routing (now available in USA)

 Device Registration

It is now very simple for the user to register their device with Navico.  They are prompted to do so at startup.  It is also possible by selecting the register option in the System settings dialog. Registration can be done:

  • From the device when connected to the internet
  • From a smart device with internet access

 C-MAP Navigation Palette

We have made enhancements to the C-MAP chart presentation, with the introduction of a new palette that closely matches several common hydrographic office presentations.

 AutoRouting & Easy routing

Navionics’ Dock-to-Dock AutoRouting and C-MAP’s Easy Routing features are now available for use in US territorial waters. Simply select your start and end waypoints and the system will calculate the quickest route based on your boat’s size and draft, avoiding hazards, shoals and dangers (compatible C-Map or Navionics chart card required)


  • The ability to adjust the frequency of the software update notification dialogue box
  • Calibration options have been aligned to match the Instrument Options, i.e. access through Calibration under Network Settings. (image below goes with this line)



  • Magnetic Variation issue on the Radar PPI screen when using the Compass Rose
  • AIS VDO / VDM sentences not been sent correctly over Wi-Fi to external Apps.
  • Navionics® Sonar chart live slow down


B&G are pleased to announce new software for the Vulcan range of multifunction displays. This new release incorporates several improvements and fixes.

• Performance increased and optimizations - this release contains several performance enhancements that can be seen in a smoother user experience compared to previous versions especially around chart redraw speeds and moving between pages.

• An issue has been found and resolved with the internal Wi-Fi that could lead to intermittent connections when connected to a Wi-Fi hot spot.
• Tide Station search not working when system language was set to Non-English (e.g. French)

Users that use Navionics SonarChart Live feature may experience the chart feature slow down over time due to extended logging. We are working hard with the chart manufacturer to resolve this.

B&G are pleased to announce new software for the B&G Vulcan range of multifunction displays. This new release incorporates some great new features and improvements including:

  • New Control bar User Interface
  • Port / Starboard Waypoint Rounding Indication
  • Coloured Tracks based on data

New Control Bar

There is a new control bar located down the left hand side of the screen. The control bar will show controls for the following if the relevant products are in the system:

  • Autopilot: Autopilot controls. Visible if an Autopilot computer is connected
  • Audio: Audio server controls. Visible if there is a compatible audio server on the network

B&G Control Bar

Autopilot control bar

Autopilot controls are now accessed from the new control bar. The autopilot control is visible if a B&G autopilot computer is on the NMEA 2000 network.

Selecting the autopilot control button will expand to reveal the autopilot controller, showing the active mode, heading, rudder and various steering information depending on active autopilot mode. The autopilot indicator remains on the status bar.

Autopilot control bar

Audio control bar

The audio control bar is available when compatible, active audio server is on the NMEA 2000 network.

Select Audio in the control bar to open the audio controller. Select the Audio source button and then select the audio source.

Note: The number of sources depends on the active audio server

Mark Rounding Indicators

To enable quick and easy identification of mark rounding directions when racing the latest update allows users to set a specific course as a race, which then automatically applies mark rounding directions based on the relative angle between legs of the course.  These angles can be edited by the user to match those provided by the race committee, if different.


Colour Tracks

The system can now dynamically change the colour of a track based on a source of data.

Track colour can be based on the following data sources (if available):-

  • SOG (Boat Speed over ground)
  • STW (Boat speed though water)
  • Wind Speed (True wind speed)
  • Wind Speed Apparent (Apparent Wind Speed)
  • VMG (Velocity Made Good)
  • Polar Performance

Coloured Tracks

The colour scale will use red to show the lowest value and green for the highest with the mean value shown in yellow.

Enable Colour Tracks using the option in the side menu under Chart Options. Once turned on the unit provides the ability to set the data parameters.


  • Changed default C-MAP depth palette to “Depth Shading”
  • Screen shot files are now named with Date and Time e.g Screenshot_2017-07-06_05.01.12.png.
  • Touch calibration logs are now sent with service assistant reports

Bug Fixes

  • Rotary knob push to toggle between control of settings such as Gain on Sonar and Radar has been fixed
  • East/West identifier missing from WPTs when cord sys is set to Degrees / Minutes / Seconds
  • Dock to Dock out side of the USA: A fix has been implemented for the feature not working on some units with certain Navionics charts in Europe.
  • Dock to Dock and Autorouting out side of the USA: This feature is now Geo-fenced on all SKU’s and will not to work within U.S. Waters
  • High voltage alarm: Some customers have reported High Voltage alarms even though the vessels voltage is normal.
  • A power control fix has been implemented to work with Fusion MS-BB300 radios.

This release incorporates new features and improvements including:

  • PredictWind Weather routing
  • Navionics SonarChart Live
  • Navionics Dock-to-Dock Autorouting
  • Navionics Plotter Sync
  • NMEA2000 Entertainment and Audio Enhancements

New Features

  • PredictWind weather routing
  • Weather Routing by PredictWind is now available to B&G MFD and Chart Plotter users via direct Wi-Fi connection.
  • PredictWind weather routing and departure planning services are online weather routing tools for creating the fastest or safest route for your trip based on weather and tidal conditions.

Navionics Improvements

  • Navionics Dock-to-Dock* is an improvement of the current Navionics Autorouting algorithm. Navionics Dock-to-dock
  • Autorouting quickly calculates a detailed route even through narrow passages and channels, based on chart data and navigation aids.
  • Navionics SonarChart™ Live** Allows the creation of personal 1 ft/0.5 m HD bathymetry maps in real time on the Simrad MFD. With SonarChart™ Live, users can engage the sonar to create new and increasingly detailed charts everywhere they go.
  • Navionics Tide Correction for SonarChart Live**. When selected, the tide correction feature uses information from nearby tide stations (if available) to adjust the depth values used by SonarChart Live as the sonar is recorded.
  • Navionics Plotter Sync*** allows the synchronization of routes and waypoints between the Navionics mobile device App and a B&G MFD. It can also update the Navionics chart card in the MFD with the latest chart data.

Please note:

* Dock-to-Dock feature requires a Navionics chart card with an active chart updates subscription. The Navionics Autorouting function is disabled in any unit designed for the U.S. region. All other models will automatically disable this feature when being used in U.S. territorial waters.

** SonarChart™ Requires a Navionics chart card with an active chart updates subscription

***Plotter Sync requires a Navionics app with an active subscription and a Navionics chart card with an active chart updates subscription. Requires an MFD with internal Wi-Fi or connected to a WIFI-1 module


  • NMEA 2000 Audio enhancements. Now compatible with the following audio servers*.
  • JL Audio® – MediaMaster® MM100s
  • Prospec Electronics – Infinity® INFPRV450/INFMBB400/INFMBB4030
  • ASA Electronics – Polk® Ultramarine PA4A
  • Added ability to enter a depth offset for a Structure scan transducer


  • B&G - Upload/Download of waypoints and routes via Wi-Fi is now available on B&G MFDs
  • Tide station search. Some customers have reported the tide station search been empty when using newer Navionics charts. The Issue has been identified and fixed
  • Tide stations not found when set to language other than English
  • Default metric units for distance is now NM and speed now is knots
  • Issue resolved where imported tracks were sometimes corrupted

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Last UpdatedJanuary 31, 2019
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