Garmin GPSMAP 551 and 551s feature a 5-inch colour display and are waterproof to IPX7 standards. Both versions of the 551 marine systems come preloaded with BlueChart g2 marine charts for UK and Ireland and a worldwide basemap. The difference between the 551 and 551s is the s version comes with a sounder for defining depth contours, finding fish and locating objects underwater. You will need to purchase a transducer to enable the sounder to operate.
With the 551 you can also add further mapping capabilities to the system using BlueChart g2 Vision mapping which provide satellite images and also has an Auto Guidance feature.
The GPSMAP 551 is a compact chartplotter for use on the water. The 551 features high resolution, bright 5-inch QVGA colour display. The 551 is waterproof to IPX7 standards and the screen has also been enhanced to speed up the map drawing and panning features.
The GPSMAP 551 comes preloaded with marine charts for the UK and Ireland. There is also a basemap with satellite images. To make navigation quick and simple there is a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. You can also quickly mark and navigate to 3,000 waypoints or 100 routes.
The GPSMAP 551s version includes a sounder. The sounder enables the chartplotter to define the depth of the water, define where fish are and find objects underwater up to 610 metres (2000 feet) below the waters surface. However, for the sounder to function you'll need to separately buy a Garmin Transducer. There are three types of transducers available. The specific one to buy depends on type of vessel/boat/rib and where or how you'd like to mount the transducer. The three are:
‣Transom Mount - for outboard powered boats and fits to the transom of the boat.
‣In-hull mount - for non-outboard powered boats for only single skin fibre glass boats.
‣Through-hull mount - for non-outboard powered boats. Ideal for wooden, steel boats, etc.
To find the perfect transducer to partner your GPSMAP 551s and your boat please complete our online form here. Pictured below, transom mounted transducer, thru-hull transducer and in-hull transducer.
The 551s also has an alarm for fish size, shallow and deep water.
Both the GPSMAP 551 and 551S are NMEA 2000-compatible making it simple to connect to sensors, instruments and future marine products providing information such as engine, fuel, wind, VHF, autopilot and other data monitoring.
The GPSMAP 551/551s is preloaded with BlueChart g2 for the entire coastal waters of the UK and Ireland, plus Northen France, Belgium Netherlands and North West Germany which may be all you ever need.
However, the GPSMAP 551 also features an microSD card slot so you can load additional marine charts to the chartplotter. Also available are BlueChart g2 Vision, the g2 Vision version provides extra features including; 3D Mariners Eye for 3D information above the waterline and 3D Fish Eye for 3D information below the waterline. BlueChart g2 Vision maps also feature high-resolution satellite images for help when navigating unfamiliar waters. There is also an Auto Guidance feature that will navigate you along you chosen route avoiding shallow water, buoys and other obstacles.
Garmin g2 Vision are available in a variety of sizes from small areas e.g. Central and Eastern English Channel right up to a large area e.g. all the French coast. For more information about Garmin g2 Vision charts/maps click here.
Please note: g2 and g2 Vision versions are available for all charts.
Garmin GPSMAP 551 Features
‣5-inch VGA display
‣Preloaded worldwide basemap
‣Preloaded Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣Waterproof to IPX7
‣2 microSD card slots allows upgrade to BlueChart g2 / g2 Vision cartography and user data
‣1 Year manufacturers guarantee
Sounder functions - GPSMAP 551s model ONLY
‣Sounder power:500W (RMS), 4,000 W (PTP), with dual frequency transducer
‣Depth: 450m (with dual freq., 500 W transducer)
‣UltraScroll: rapid updating of the sounder image
‣See-Thru technology: shows weak and strong returns simultaneously
‣Split-screen zoom for optimum close-up views of fish and the bottom
‣Alarms for fish size, water depth and voltage
The chart features detailed marine cartography coverage of the British Isles in their entirety, including the Thames Estuary, Caledonian Canal, Outer Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, and the Irish Sea.
Coverage across the English Channel from Douarnenez, France to Emden, Germany, including the Channel Islands, and the Seine River to Rouen, France Detailed coverage includes Antwerp, Belgium, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Ijsselmeer in full. For more information about Garmin marine Bluecharts click here.
In future years you can purchase a marine map update SD card to update the preloaded UK and Ireland charts on the Garmin GPSMAP 551/551s.
What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)
‣Garmin GPSMAP 551/551s
‣Preloaded Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Protective front cover
Garmin GPSMAP 551 Accessories
Looking for Garmin GPSMAP 551 or GPSMAP 551s accessories? Accessories available to purchase include protective cover, flush mount kit and second mounting station. To view them all click here. If you'd like to add a transducer to your GPSMAP 551s please see this page.
Garmin GPSMAP 551 Maps
Add Garmin BlueChart g2 HD and g2 Vision HD marine charts to your Garmin GPSMAP 551/551s, view the different charts you can buy from ActiveGPS here.
Garmin GPSMAP 551/551s Questions and Answers
Question: I've got a garmin 551s which I understand is a discontinued unit. Will the g2 card work with this and will there be much benefit as the unit has preloaded maps.
Answer: Yes, Garmin Bluechart g2 maps on SD/microSD card are fully compatible with the Garmin GPSMAP 551s.
The benefit of buying a new chart would be that you have the latest version of the BlueChart maps which is currently V2016.5 (V18).
If you merely want to update the preloaded BlueCharts you could consider buying the UPDATE CARD.
Do you have a question about the Garmin GPSMAP 551? Submit your question via our contact page.
Garmin GPSMAP 551 Technical Specification
‣Display: 5-inch QVGA display (230 x 320 pixels)
‣Track Log: 10,000 points, 50 saved tracks
‣NMEA input/output: NMEA 2000 certified
‣Built-in memory: None (cannot load maps to internal memory)
‣microSD card slot: Yes
‣Garmin radar compatible: No
‣Garmin sonar compatible: GPSMAP 551s only
‣Waterproof: Yes, IPX7
‣Dimensions: Width - 150mm, Height - 163mm, Depth - 74mm
‣Garmin GPSMAP 551 manual
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Page last updated: 6th December 2016