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Old 10-09-2011, 09:53   #1
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Garmin 521s or 541s ?

Hi all

I am looking for a GPS/sounder unit and I have come across to the Garmin 521 and 541, anyone has experience with these units?

What about the Raymarine A57D??

Or any other budget substitute??

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Old 10-09-2011, 10:19   #2
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I recently installed a Garmin 541s with an in-hull puck. Very happy with the unit. Just make sure you get the "s" model. The standard 541 with not accept a sonar puck.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:32   #3
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Hi

Excellent, might I ask where you got it from?

Prices differ a lot on the web, and I have been reading about several users that have been paying and not getting the stuff.

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:41   #4
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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s????

Check out what Standard Horizon has in offer. They make some small and inexpensive units that seem to pack in a lot of good features.

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:48   #5
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Andres,

West Marine. They will match any online price that I bring into the store. That way I walk out with the unit the same day I buy it.
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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s????

Hi all

Thanks for the info, but now I am even more confused, the Southern Horizon 300i looks really good, but I have not been able to find many reviews from users, hence it makes me a bit hesitant, at the same time it has a discount in WestMarine.

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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

Standard ... ;-)))

I used the 180 unit and it was very good.

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Hahaha (sorry about the spelling)

Still dont understand why it is almos the same price to buy a depth finder than a combo gps/fishfinder!!
The combo also gives you the depth, and price diff is small

Any clues??

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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

I love our 541s. Has built in Navionics / blue chart that works well for sailors. Not sure about hong kong but in the states its good! Easy to use and you can find deals right now.
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Yeap, most likely I will be getting the 541s this weekend

Silly question, it comes with a sonar/fishfinder, right?
Or do you have to buy that one separately?
What about the GPS, is it necesary to get the external antena?

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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

You do not need the ext antenna, even though its cheap , weve never lost signal. Sometimes you can find a transducer with the unit, but usualy sold w/ out it.
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It would depend on where you plan on mounting the unit. I mounted mine on my binnacle so I get a great signal without an antenna. If you mount it inside the cabin, I suspect you might need one.
Yes, typically you have to buy the sonar transducer separately. there are a number of different ones to choose from depending if you want a thru-hull, transom, or in-hull mount.
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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

Still on the hunt...

now I am trying to decide on the type of transducer, what are your recommendations/experiences??

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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

The 'included' transducer is often the transom mount... they several types including through-hull and inside mount.

You can epoxy the transom mount transducer and it will blissfully fire through the hull just like the more expensive through hull transducer.

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Anyone have any clue what the difference is between the 540s and the 541s?
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Re: Garmin 521s or 541s ?

You do not need a full view of the sky to get a solid GPS fix. Years ago this was not true when there were few satellites in orbit. An external antenna is not necessary if you have the unit outside with a partial view of the sky.
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