I sat down the other day and drew the dimensions of the 441s and 541s on a piece of paper. I was really surprised at the difference between the two. The screens are measured on the diagonal, just like television screens. The screen
on the 441s is actually smaller than a standard deck
of cards. The 541s screen
, on the other hand, is a much larger. Given that I must mount mine on the cabin
bulkhead and view it from the tiller, at a distance of several feet, I have decided that for own my set-up, the 541s is the only option. If it were closer, I'd certainly go with the 441s.
I'm also thinking that it would probably be good to go ahead and by the newer 541s version with NMEA 2000
, as opposed to the older 540s. In a few years I might be glad I paid the extra $80. There's also that issue of the antenna
, which is supposed to make the newer version faster.
At any rate, I did like you did, Bright Eyes, and went to West Marine
with my numbers from gpsonsale.com. They are willing to match. Not sure which vendor I should go with. I am wondering now about warranty issues. Did you buy the extended warranty from West Marine
? Is that what you are talking about in your post?