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Garmin GPSMAP 541s 5-Inch Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter with Sounder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Garmin
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  • Compact chartplotter with 5-inch QVGA display, high-sensitivity GPS receiver, and included sounder
  • NMEA 2000 certified for seamless integration with the Garmin marine lineup; XM weather and radio compatible
  • Built-in, satellite-enhanced basemap preloaded with all U.S. coastal areas, as well as detailed charts for the Bahamas
  • Accepts BlueChart g2 Vision cards for added features such as high-res satellite imagery, 3-D views, Auto Guidance
  • Powerful dual-frequency transom-mount transducer clearly illustrates depth contours, fish targets and structures
  • 5-inch TFT LCD display
  • NMEA 2000 certified for seamless integration with the Garmin marine lineup; XM weather and radio compatible
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions5.3 x 11.4 x 8.3 inches
Item model number010-00762-01
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Display Size5 inches
Display Resolution234 x 320
WarrantyONE YEAR
  
Additional Information
ASINB002JLZLMU
Best Sellers Rank #60,395 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 30, 2009
  
Warranty & Support
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Technical Details

  • Rugged case, Alarm, 2D / 3D map perspective, Depth sounder

Product Description

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The GPSMAP 541s is a compact chartplotter that features an ultra-bright 5" QVGA color display along with an improved high-speed digital design for increased map drawing and panning speeds. It's ready to go with an easy-to-use interface and a built-in, satellite-enhanced basemap preloaded with all U.S. coastal areas, including Alaska and Hawaii as well as detailed charts for the Bahamas. The GPSMAP 541s also accepts BlueChart g2 Vision cards for added features and functionality such as high-resolution satellite imagery, 3-D views and Auto Guidance technology.

Garmin GPSMAP 541s
A compact chartplotter with an improved high-speed digital design. Click here for a larger image
GPSMAP 541s charts
Use the Navigation chart to plan your course, to view map information, and as a navigational aid.
Explore the Seas

The GPSMAP 541s comes ready to go with preloaded U.S. coastal area map data. For areas outside the U.S., the GPSMAP 541s has a worldwide basemap with satellite images in place of more traditional maps. The GPSMAP 541s also comes standard with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for superior satellite tracking and quicker acquisition times. In addition, the GPSMAP 541s can receive U.S. graphical weather data via optional GXM 51 satellite receiver/antenna. And with an SD card slot, it's easy to add additional maps without connecting to a computer.

Sonar Transducer Included

The GPSMAP 541s comes with a powerful dual-frequency transducer that clearly illustrates depth contours, fish targets and structures whether you're fishing in freshwater or off the coast. The GPSMAP 541s and GPSMAP 541s are also NMEA 2000-certified for easy connectivity with sensors, instruments and future marine offerings.

Add Extras with BlueChart g2 Vision

With the optional BlueChart g2 Vision SD card, you can add a whole new dimension of exceptional features to your chartplotter.

  • MarinerEye view and FishEye view provide you a 3-dimensional perspective of map information, both above and below the waterline.
  • High-resolution satellite images and aerial photographs help you orient yourself in unfamiliar areas.
  • Auto Guidance technology searches through all relevant charts to create a route you can actually follow--one that avoids obstacles, shallow water, buoys and other obstructions.
XM WX Weather & Radio Ready

Add Garmin's GXM 51, powered by the GPSMAP's NMEA bus, and you can deliver U.S. graphical weather data directly to your compatible Garmin chartplotter. Plus, with a subscription, you can even use the GXM 51 to enjoy over 170 channels of quality audio entertainment via XM Satellite Radio.

What's in the Box

GPSMAP 541s, Tilt/Swivel Mount, Protective Front Cover, Power/Data Cable, Documentation, Dual Beam Transducer

Product Description

ULTRA-BRIGHT 5" DIAGONAL QVGA DISPLAY234 X 320 PIXELSNMEA 2000 CERTIFIED FOR SEAMLESS INTEGRATION WITH THE GARMIN MARINE LINEUPPRELOADED WORLDWIDE MARINE BASEMAPCOMPATIBLE WITH GXM 51 FOR XM RADIO & XM WX SATELLITE WEATHERBUILT-IN HIGH-SENSITIVITY GPS RECEIVEROPTIONAL BLUECHART G2 VISION CARDS PROVIDE ENHANCED NAVIGATION FEATURES LIKE AUTO GUIDANCE SATELLITE IMAGERY 3-D MARINER S EYE;VIEW & 3-D FISH EYE VIEWSECURE DIGITAL CARD SLOTDIM: 5.9"H X 6.4"W X 2.9"DGPSMAP 541SWITH DUAL-FREQUENCY TRANSDUCERUPC : 753759096045Shipping Dimensions : 11.80in X 8.60in X 5.50inEstimated Shipping Weight : 5.5

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is easy to set up and has worked perfect so far.
Sumo
I see it as a step backwards, and I sure hope Garmin invests in a software upgrade to fix the bugs!
T. Saam
The best I have ever owned and I have owned not less than 4 other sonar units (Humingbird).
John Romano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T. Saam on April 11, 2012
I owned an older Garmin 168s, and I've used numerous other Garmin marine devices. I'm very frustrated with the 541 because it can no longer provide some very simple, but important information on a single screen. In previous versions, a user could select the number of data fields, size of data fields, and content of data fields. The data bars on the chart and compass screens of the 541 are no longer freely selectable. Rather, the data bar information is grouped into pre-programmed categories with very limited select-ability. As a sailor, I need three simple things on an uncluttered chart view: VMG, bearing to next, and depth. It's unavailable with the current 541s software, but supported on many earlier versions of Garmin marine products. Sure, the 541 can display all kinds of fancy things from external devices, but simple GPS functions are now thrown aside with neglect. I see it as a step backwards, and I sure hope Garmin invests in a software upgrade to fix the bugs!

Another gripe is that Garmin has removed the "quit" button. That vastly increases the number of button pushes needed to navigate the screens, and greatly increases the amount of time fiddling. Unfortunately, a new button can't be fixed with a software upgrade.

I don't know if it's going to be an issue, but the manual doesn't say anything about how one would update the base maps. I speculate that Garmin wants users to buy the enhanced map products to keep the device up to date. I'm reminded that when my 168s died, Garmin said it's not possible to transfer the map products that I purchased for the 168s to another (used) 168s...my investment in maps was lost. I sure hope this won't be a repeat of that business model!

I'd give this thing 1 star because it does basically work, but I will say Garmin has improved the receiver sensitivity and device speed over my older 168s. I suppose they deserve a second star for that...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Romano on December 20, 2012
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The best I have ever owned and I have owned not less than 4 other sonar units (Humingbird). The detail and sensativity are
unparalleled. The preloaded maps are way more than I expected for accuracy and detail. The display is sharp and smooth as
it charts a course, I will never use any other brand again and I would highly recomend this unit to anyone thinking of buying a
combonation sonar / GPS for their boat as I really do love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sumo on January 30, 2013
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I was looking for a GPS Chartplotter with a fishfinder and this compact unit works out great for my center console boat. It is easy to set up and has worked perfect so far.
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By richard r munger on March 13, 2014
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Even in the sun you can see screen. Very simple and easy to read when going to different functions. Built in map shows sand bars very defined, must have for fishing in Hilton Head
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KEN on December 8, 2013
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Good deal for the unit I wanted. Found it at the outlet for a good price. 100% satisfied highly recommend
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lester on September 12, 2013
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First time using was pretty straight forward. I'm not much for reading to figure how to make things operate. The chart map info is good enough without buying a chip for the area I'm in. Shows pretty good detail of what's around you. The sounder works good but haven't got it hooked up permanently. Thank You gary
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 8, 2013
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I live and fish on the Alsaka coast and am very pleased with my purchase. My son has one so I knew what I was getting. All the reveiws about too many button pushes and this that and all the complaints I say whatever! This is an awsome unit and beleive me I live where without one you just don't venture very far.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM PERRY on June 8, 2013
I have been FIGHTING this thing for 13 months now. It has been the WORST GPS Chartplotter I have EVER used, and have used literally dozens both personally and professionally. The depth function is horrible. When I say horrible it locks up and "freezes" on a depth and doesn't "un-freeze." EVER. Unless you restart it. I have replaced the transducer from my own pocket, updated software, all to no avail. HUGE disappointment. Has really almost broken me from Garmin. Went on a two day trip this weekend and was severely limited due to inability to read depths. I hope they make it right (exchange my unit) but know I will probably have to change plotters.
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