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Garmin 551 - help needed

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Garmin 551 - help needed
25 October, 2017 22:25
I have just acquired a new boat which comes with a Garmin 551. To date I have been using the charts for Garmin Nuvi. My question is will these work in the 551. If not, what are the alternatives? Any help appreciated.

John

John Geary
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Re: Garmin 551 - help needed
28 October, 2017 11:38
[quote John Geary]I have just acquired a new boat which comes with a Garmin 551. To date I have been using the charts for Garmin Nuvi. My question is will these work in the 551. If not, what are the alternatives? Any help appreciated.

John[/quote]

Hi John. Nuvi charts generally will not work in marine chart plotters. However the good news is that since 2011 the 551/451 and their successors come preloaded free with the entire Ireland/UK coastal waters including the Shannon, SEW and Erne inland coverage. If your particular 551 plotter is older than that you can download the latest unit software and chart update from the Garmin web site. All entry level Garmin marine chart plotters now include UK/Ireland charts including many of the newer models such echoMap, GpsMap 557, 751, etc. You also have the iPhone/iPad BlueChart mobile App option, but smartphones and tablets are not marine friendly unless used inside a sheltered wheelhouse. Noel

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