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Which Garmin Chartplotter to Choose?

Wed 10th Apr 2013

Comparing Garmin GPS Chartplotter Models

We all know how important it is to have a GPS Chartplotter on board your boat, but we also realise how hard it can be to choose which GPS chartplotter to go for. We've found that Garmin's Chartplotters are among the most popular, easy to use, accurate and reliable, fitting into everyone's budget. So, below we've focused on a range of Garmin Chartplotters, from the basic and inexpensive (from £189) to the more advanced, full featured Garmin GPS touchscreen chartplotter with sonar and a radar port.

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Garmin 152H GPS

  • Greyscale Trackplotter, Affordable
  • Can store up to 3,000 waypoints and 50 routes
  • Acquires satellites quickly and position reporting can be within 3 metres.
  • Has a NMEA 0183 output so can send position data to another electronic device on board your boat.

(RRP: £209.99, Our Price: £189.99 or €233.48)

Garmin GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS

  • Waterproof, Buoyant, Durable, Ideal for Watersports, Affordable
  • Comes with built in worldwide base maps, in colour, and micro SD slot for loading additional maps.
  • Waterproof and it floats! Has rubber side grips to make it easier to keep hold of in the water.
  • Highly sensitive GPS receiver. HotFix Satellite prediction. Can locate your position quickly even under the heavy cover of dense woodland or when surrounded by tall buildings.
  • Can connect the Garmin GPSMAP 78 to the internet to keep a record of your activities, and analyse them when you’re back on land.

(RRP: £229.99, Our Price: £199.99 or €245.77)

Garmin 451 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter

  • 4” QVGA Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, No Sonar
  • Compact Chartplotter with 4inch ultra bright QVGA colour screen
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • If sonar is important to you, try the Garmin 451s instead. It’s similar to this model but with sonar built in.

(RRP: £299.99, Our Price: £254.99 or €313.36)

Garmin 451s GPSMAP Chartplotter/Sounder

  • 4” QVGA COLour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, Sonar
  • The Garmin 451s GPSMAP Chartplotter/Sounder is the same as the Garmin 451 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter but has an added sounder.
  • Compact Chartplotter with 4inch ultra bright QVGA colour screen
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • Includes sonar. Compatible with an optional dual-frequency transducer for clear visualisations of depth contours, fish targets and structures.

(RRP: £328.80, Our Price £295.80 or €363.51)

Garmin 551 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter

  • 5” Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, No Sonar
  • Similar to the Garmin 451 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter, though a newer model and with a larger 5 inch display.
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).

(RRP: £409.99, Our Price: £370.99 or €455.91)

Garmin 551s GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter

  • 5” Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, Sonar
  • The Garmin 551s GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter is the Sounder version of the Garmin 551 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter. It contains sonar, where the 551 does not.
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • Includes sonar. Compatible with an optional dual-frequency transducer for clear visualisations of depth contours, fish targets and structures.

(RRP: £403.99, Our Price: £366.99 or €450.99)

Garmin 556 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter

  • 5” VGA Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, No Sonar
  • A newer model than the 551, with a better display and faster map drawing and panning capabilities.
  • Hi-res super bright 5” VGA colour display.
  • Improved high speed digital design for increased map drawing and panning speeds.
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps without connecting to a computer.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).

(RRP: £569.98, Our Price: £501.98 or €616.88)

Garmin 556s GPSMAP Chartplotter/Sounder

  • 5” VGA Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, Sonar
  • The same as the Garmin 556 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter but with sonar.
  • Hi-res super bright 5” VGA colour display.
  • Improved high speed digital design for increased map drawing and panning speeds.
  • Preloaded with UK & Ireland Charts. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Has an SD card slot to add additional maps without connecting to a computer.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • Includes sonar. Compatible with an optional dual-frequency transducer for clear visualisations of depth contours, fish targets and structures.

(RRP: £599.99, Our Price: £509.99 or €626.73)

Garmin 750 GPSMAP Marine Chartplotter

  • 7” Touchscreen Colour Display, UK & Ireland Charts, Radar Port
  • Preloaded coastal charts for the UK & Ireland including most inland waterways. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Brilliant 7” colour touchscreen display.
  • Built in radar port to accept Garmin GMR radar input. Offers full NMEA 2000 connectivity for adding extra sensors. An internal, high-sensitivity GPS receiver for superior satellite tracking and quicker acquisition times.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision SD card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • No sonar. Sonar available with the Garmin 750s GPS Chartplotter/Sounder model (below).

(RRP: £699.99, Our Price: £620.99 or €763.13)

Garmin 750s GPSMAP Chartplotter/Sounder

  • 7” Touchscreen Colour Display, UK & Ire Charts, Radar Port, Sonar
  • Preloaded coastal charts for the UK & Ireland including most inland waterways. Has worldwide basemap with satellite images.
  • Brilliant 7” colour touchscreen display.
  • Built in radar port to accept Garmin GMR radar input. Offers full NMEA 2000 connectivity for adding extra sensors. An internal, high-sensitivity GPS receiver for superior satellite tracking and quicker acquisition times.
  • Add a BlueChart g2 Vision SD card for 3D Mariner & Fish Eye view, Hi-res satellite images and aerial photos, Auto Guidance technology to create a route for you (avoiding obstacles, shallow water, buoys etc).
  • Comes with a 1kW capable sonar transceiver. Such powerful sonar can help you define fish targets and underwater structures down to 610 metres or 2000 feet when used with a 1kW transducer.

(RRP: £778.80, Our Price: £705.99 or €867.59)

Other GPS Chartplotters & Sounders, from Humminbird

In this article we've focused on Garmin GPS Chartpotters and Sounders. I'd also like to draw your attention to Humminbird GPS Chartplotters. This is another quality Marine GPS brand. We currently have 2 humminbird GPS Chartplotter models in stock:

The Humminbird 385cxi Combo Fishfinder/GPS (£549.99 / €675.88)

Top of the line technology for those who don't have the space for a bigger GPS fishfinder.

The Humminbird Combo 597cxi HD DI Fishfinder / GPS (£895.98 / €1,101.07)

Has advanced sonar features, briliant user friendly technology, a prestine 5" HD screen, down and dualbeam imaging. Highly versatile and portable. Suitable for a wide range of boats.

All prices noted were correct at time that this article was published, though they may be eligible to change.