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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
I replaced an older, monochrome Garmin GPS/Sounder with this unit and at first was dubious because the screen size was smaller, but the clarity, color and brightness of the display have quickly dispelled that concern. The refresh rate, clarity of symbols and ease of use have made the retirement of my old navigator a pleasure. The only downside to the conversion was the need to also replace the wiring. I could have done without that pain, and don't understand why the plug size change was all that necessary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
I bought this Garmin GPSMAP 541s for my 24 ft SeaRay Sundeck which I mostly use for Florida intracostal cruising but also for some in shore fishing. The unit arrived as described. It installed easily with the mount. The electrical is straight forward. I also added a through hull transducer (transducer in bilge, no hole in the hull). The GPS works well. I like the split screen for GPS and depth. The way tracker function is also pretty nifty because it allows me to follow the same path back which in our shallow waters is a plus.
I would have given it 5 stars because it works great except for a few things Garmin could improve:
1. The canal I live on is not on the map. It's on many other maps, but not this one. All the other ones up and down the intracoastal are...
2. The whole menu system seems antiquated and unnecessarily complicated. Not very intuitive (I'm a 44 year old guy with lots of computer and tech skills!) I'm getting used to the menu and select and home buttons, but no back button? And the menu items are not logically grouped. Changing the name of a track or waypoint and then recalling it is not as simple as it should be. Maybe I need to use it more. Not saying it does not work, just saying it could be simpler.

On the big plus side, I love the big display and all the data (direction, speed, depth, bottom contour, depth lines) it squeezes on the screen without looking cluttered.

I'd recommend this device to friends.
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on July 22, 2014
Great while it worked but the unit failed after two years of light use.
The display would sometimes washout in bright sun but otherwise was okay.
I am disappointed with Garmin product support. They are extremely difficult to teach by telephone and very slow with turn around on repairs. I'll be using paper charts and a lead line now. They never seem to break.
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on August 11, 2012
This is a good value and easy to install, set-up and use on your boat. We have this on three of our mid sized boats. Highly recommended.
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on December 13, 2013
its great ! I am a commercial fishing guide in the "ten thousand islands" area of SW Florida, and it's a very reliable tool.
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on February 7, 2014
Garmin is always the best. We have had 3 prior to this. Each new one is better than the last. Very user friendly.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Es un Producto de calidad, he usados esta marca por varios años, he comprado productos similares,el envio a sido puntual, Excelente Experiencias
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