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NOTICE REGARDING PERFORMANCE AFTER SIM UPDATE 9 (PLEASE READ):


Unfortunately Sim Update 9 introduced a bug that greatly impacts performance when using the moving/animated boat traffic in our products. The impact is greater in more densely populated sceneries such as the Virgin Islands pack. Asobo have identified the cause of this as relating to a change in VFX rendering (wakes and smoke) that makes the sim try to render VFX for all of the boats even when they are far out of sight. 


Asobo have implemented a fix for this bug which will be coming in Sim Update 10 - We will be testing against the beta version as soon as possible.


NOTE: The performance impact does not relate to our high quality/high poly models. Each model is optimized with multiple Levels of Detail (LOD) which change depending on your distance from the model.


Workaround: You can turn off the Leisure Boat and Ship and Ferry Traffic and you will still be able to enjoy the static boats in and around harbours and marinas included in our regional sceneries. Alternatively PC Users can delete the VisualEffectsLib folders from the Vessels Core Library and Enhanced AI packs which will also provide a performance boost but allow you to keep the moving boat traffic (we may roll out interim Xbox versions with the VisualEffectsLib removed).

INSTALLATION & TROUBLESHOOTING

WELCOME

This guide will help you to install our products and help solve any issues along the way. We hope that this helps you enjoy Seafront Simulations sceneries the way they are meant to be.


TIP: For the best wake effects set the Ground Wind Speed to 3 knots or above.

Vessels Core Library

DEPENDENCIES

All of our products require the installation of the free Vessels Core Library.



NOTE: Prior to version 1.6.0 Vessels: Global Shipping required Vessels: Enhanced AI to be installed. This is no longer required. Customers must install the free Vessel Core Library instead.



The Vessels Core Library is a large model library that provides a common set of models to our coastal sceneries. It won't provide any scenery by itself and its always been free. We have done this to stop people needing to download and store several gigabytes of models many times over and also to streamline our update process.



 

Vessels Core Library


INSTALLATION

Installation is different depending on whether you received the product from Orbx or the Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) Marketplace but for each one you need to first install, restart and set the leisureboat and ship and ferry traffic sliders as required (see below).

INSTALLATION - Orbx

You can download our products via Orbx Central. When installing, please select the 'Simulator Folder' when asked as this seems to cause less issues than saving to the 'Orbx Library'.

INSTALLATION - MSFS Marketplace

You can install products from the MSFS Marketplace in the same way as any other product.


NOTE: It is always advised to reboot the simulator after installing our products as the model libraries don't always register.

INSTALLATION - Traffic Settings / Sliders

In order to get the best results from our sceneries you should set the 'leisure boat' and 'ship and ferry' traffic settings/sliders based on the following:


Leisure Boats = 100%


PC Ship and Ferry = Minimum 10% / Xbox 100%


In the unlikely event this has too much of an impact on your experience, you can adjust the settings downwards.


Further Detail

Shipping in our regional sceneries appears at 10% or above.


Since version 2.0.0 Global Shipping will give you the following volume of traffic at each setting:


Setting of 5% = 50% of traffic will appear

Setting of 10% or above = 100% of traffic will appear (NOTE: Xbox users may need to increase the setting to 100%)


This is for greater compatibility with Xbox and other addons.

TROUBLESHOOTING



I have bought and installed a regional scenery but can't see any boats


Please follow the below steps:

1. Make sure that you have installed the Vessels Core Library

2. Set the Ships and Ferries sliders as needed (see above).

3. Restart the simulator


I have bought and installed Global Shipping but can't see any ships


Please follow the below steps:

1. Make sure that you have installed the Vessels Core Library

2. Set the traffic sliders as needed (see above).

3. Try a flight from Gibraltar (LXGB). You should see lots of ships passing through the Gibraltar Strait.

NOTE: Vessels: Global Shipping routes use real-world (not real-time) Autonomous Identification System (AIS) data. This means that you are more likely to find ships in real-world shipping lanes like the Singapore Strait (WSSS), River Elbe (ETMN), English Channel, Istanbul, Çanakkale or Skagerrak Straits and busy destinations like Hong Kong (VHHH) and Bangkok (VTBT).


I have installed all of the required products, restarted the simulator and set the correct sliders but still don't see ships

The downloads have been known to get corrupted for some of our customers. Please uninstall our packs completely (not 'Verify') and then reinstall the scenery.


If you are using Orbx Central we DO NOT RECOMMEND using 'Verify Files' as this sometimes verifies against a previously corrupt download. Instead try uninstalling and reinstalling completely.


I restarted the flight and all of the ships have disappeared

This is a known issue with the sim itself. Restarting a flight seems to skip loading the ground/water traffic. We have reported this to Asobo and Microsoft.

Need More Help?

If you have followed this guide and the product is still not working please email [email protected]

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