Garmin 5" GPSMAP 541s Chartplotter / Sounder with No Transducer

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Garmin 5" GPSMAP 541s Chartplotter / Sounder with No Transducer -

Same fast processor, high-sensitivity receiver, and simple interface as the 441s

Move up to a 5" display size with the GPSMAP 541s chartplotter/sounder. Same fast processor, high-sensitivity receiver, and simple interface as the 441s.

What You’ll Get.

GPSMAP 541s is ready to go with an easy-to-use interface and a built-in, satellite-enhanced chart that includes all U.S. coastal areas, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as detailed charts for the Bahamas. It also accepts BlueChart® g2 Vision cards for added premium features and functionality such as high-resolution satellite imagery, Mariner’s Eye 3D-mapping and Auto Guidance technology.

GPSMAP 541s is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for superior satellite tracking and quicker acquisition time. Its built-in antenna works for most external mounting locations and even under hardtops and some pilothouses. For some below-decks installations, an external antenna may be needed. Order the GA 30 GPS Antenna (Model 11068681) if initial installation doesn’t provide optimal GPS signal reception.

What You’ll Need.

The 50/200 kHz Traditional Transducers - 6 Pins  operate with either 500W, 600W or 1kW transducers, sold separately. Depending on the style of the transducer, you’ll get depth, speed and/or temperature readings. To complete your installation, order one of the following transducers: 

 GPSMAP 541s Features and Specifications.
What You May Want to Add.

The GPSMAP 541s is also NMEA 0183-compatible and NMEA 2000-certified for easy connectivity with sensors, instruments and future marine offerings. In addition, it can receive U.S. graphical weather data via optional GXM 51 Weather & Audio XM Satellite Receiver (Model 10632347). And with an SD card slot, it’s easy to add additional maps without connecting to a computer:  

If a radar-compatible GPS/chartplotter is desired, consider the Garmin GPSMAP 700 Series, for example the GPSMAP 740 Touchscreen Chartplotter with U.S. Coastal Maps (Model 11068608 ).

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We know that selecting the right chartplotter for your needs-now and in the future-can be an overwhelming decision. For additional knowledge on this product, please see the following Garmin® online resources:

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Garmin 5" GPSMAP 541s Chartplotter / Sounder with No Transducer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love It

My Standard Horizon GPS, which I never liked, quit at the beginning of this season's cruise. I docked in Westbrook which is near a beautiful new WestMarine. They weren't able to help me diagnose the problem with the old unit but the salesman spent a lot of time demonstrating the GPS's they had at the store. This unit is everything a sailor could want. Although menu driven, it is extremely easy to use. The included set-up directions are a snap. Connect red and black and off you go. One navigator complained about how it displays that you may be off course or route. His complaint is frivolous. The unit shows your GPS heading, bearing, marks the change in route and additionally tells you how far off-course you are assuming you were to make a hard turn.
This is simply a magnificent unit. Easy to read - in the sun and wearing polarized lenses. Updates instantly and includes everything you need in the box. Garmin really figured it out.
Javaman sailor at on 08/08/2013

Does everything but bait the hook

I have been using this unit for about a month now with the G2 Vision Card and it is simply great. I love 3D fish eye view. I use this to follow the edges of ledges while trolling. This is a great option. The auto guidance is another great thing with the G2 vision card. Pick a spot on the chart screen and the unit will guide you right to it safely.
Aquaholic at on 07/07/2011

5" GPSMAP 541s Chartplotter/Sounder with

Product is great! Could not ask for more out of this device. The picture/clarity is great, along with the screen size, and its fish finding feature is tops. You need to purchase your transducer separately from the Garmin GPS though. This device is very easy to install, this being my first time ever installing one, and very user friendly. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Key Largo Fisherman at on 03/03/2011

Love It

I do all of my boating in the Woods Hole, Massachusetts area. Woods Hole is a very dangerous area and you must always be on the lookout for strong tides and rocks. My Garmin 541s Chart Plotter took me safely to places in Woods Hole that I never dared to go before. It seems to be extremely accurate. Great unit!
Tomm at on 08/08/2013

"My money was well spent

Hi Fellows,
I would like to tell you about this product, it is unbelievable the 541S Garmin Combo was recently installed in my boat. Everything about the operation is correct, the sonar is powerful and detect the fishing grounds with easy and it works beautiful with the autopolite. I would recommend this product to anyone.
Lemmey at on 10/10/2012

Great Tool for a reasonable price

I use this chartplotter on my own rec boat. Its features are excellent. It is easy to use and provides a crisp display. Navigation features are user friendly. I was able to plan complex trips in no time. I recommend this for mid sized boats that do not have a lot of helm station room.
CAPT Dan at on 04/04/2011

Great Prodiuct for the Money

This was a great deal that I couldnt pass up. This unit was on sale for the same price of the 441s. I like the dual screen capability and the toggle menu is so easy to use. Installation was a breeze, I just had to hook up two wires and run the transducer....easy!!!!
Eastcoastlaxin at on 04/04/2011

Affordable full featured

Great replacement for older Garmin GPSMAP 498 series.
Utilizes existing transducer cable and mount.
Similar power/data cable connection, but not interchangeable. Will need to run new harness.
No better value for small open boat.
Captain Patin at on 06/06/2013

Great product for the money

The 441S is easy to use. I never had one before and found that even I could use it. Also the more you play with it the easier it is to use.
Ernie Hoover at on 11/11/2012

GPS map 541s

Awesome product. I watched two boats last weekend, try to take a shortcut only to find a sandbar the GPS showed clear as day. Worth the price paid.
EvenSteven at on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

Firmware Issue w/G2 Vision Cards

Garmin shipped an entire lot of these to West Marine that do not have the Firmware Update to accomodate the G2 Vision Cards, thus meaning you cannot use these cards on ANY of the Garmin units now in their stores. So as stated, unless you have an SD Card reader on your computer, you need that to download the update from Garmin. Or you need to purchase a $29.99 Card pre-loaded from Garmin, or have West Marine order it for you. Garmin will not ship a unit that has the correct FirmWare to West Marine, they refuse to. So the G2 Vision cards are useless when you purchase one of these units, no matter how high in cost you go. I personally went to the store to determine whta the problem was; until I finally got a resolution to this; which was ordering the pre-loaded SD Card. So the store is now ordering a card to upload to all their units in their store. But I'm paying for my card, while anyone else purchasing a unit, is now getting it for "free". Not quite fair; but it resolve my immediate problem. Garmin could care less about this issue; and this is Garmin for you. I don't blame West Marine for this issue, as they had no idea the FirmWare was out of date; until I brought it to their attention. Either way; Garmin should have resolved this issue, by sending out this FirmWare card for "no charge" - rather than putting someone through the hoops and loops I have gone through. So if you purchase a unit, make sure the FirmWare has been updated if you plan on purchasing a G2 Vision card. Also, with the purchase of a G2 Vision card, included is a black piece of paper, which entitles you to an upgrade within 6 months, good luck with that from Garmin (lol) as I'm still trying to figure that one out as well; it's almost impossible to read on this piece of paper. Garmin doesn't make anything easy at all !!
NYHC Boater at on 07/07/2012

Poor Design

I use the unit on a sailboat in the ocean off Santa Barbara. I find the unit difficult to use as it is all menu driven and takes multiple entries and selection to do anything. There is little ability to change the data displayed in any maning ful way.

There is no way to show VMG, useful on a sailboad. The off-course indication has changed from degress correction to distance off-course. On a 20 nm trip in open water knowing you are 1 deg off course is a more useful than knowing you are .3 nm off.

The mounting is such that it is very easy for theunit to fall out ot he mountjst from adjusting th viewing angle
Cruiser at on 06/06/2012

no good for fishing using split sceen

Split screen horizontal is useless.
side by side is much better like the hummingbirds
Gumby at on 09/09/2011

Neutral Reviews:

garmin 541s chartplotter/sounder

Instructions are not complete enough; example whats concidered a small fish, med, lg.
Where are the fish when the images show up on the screen; under the boat? in front of? left side right? At any rate your booklet leaves a lot to be desired. For a "first timer" this unit is Ok.
I'd invest a little more to get a lot more.
JimV at on 03/03/2011

Happy with unit

Easy to use.
Poor quality swivel mount.Like the idea of a swivel mount but not the quality of it.
Not good instruction to interface with VHF radio
Cheryl at on 10/10/2013