Garmin GPSMAP 551 and 551s
Product Codes: GAR551 and GAR551S
The 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.
Garmin GPSMAP 551 and 551s have both been discontinued.
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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 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.
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
Sounder functions - GPSMAP 551s model ONLY
‣Sounder power:500W (RMS), 4,000 W (PTP), with dual frequency transducer
Garmin GPSMAP 551 and 551s marine chartplotters are preloaded with Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland mapping (pictured right).
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.
What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)
‣Garmin GPSMAP 551/551s
Garmin GPSMAP 551 Technical Specification