Monday, July 6

Raymarine, Vesper, Win Big at Best New Electronics Awards

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The National Marine Electronics Association just gave 18 awards for best new products at their annual meeting in Portsmouth, Virginia. The awards were chosen by a five-person panel of judges.

The Top award, the NMEA Technology Award, based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value, went to the Raymarine/FLIR ClearCruise AR (pictured above). Here’s what the judges said:

“ClearCruise AR is an industry-first technology that combines augmented reality and advanced image stabilization to help boaters make smarter and faster navigation decisions by placing visual overlays of nav aids, AIS traffic and destination waypoints on Raymarine Axiom multi-function displays. The displays identify nearby AIS-equipped vessels with color-coding to warn of traffic that could pose threats. At the heart of the system is a blending of high-definition digital or thermal video from networked Raymarine or FLIR marine cameras and dynamic graphics.”

A new category, introduced this year, was the Best New Product Award, for a product that was introduced to the market at the show. That award went to Vesper Marine’s Cortex, the world’s first marine VHF with wireless touchscreen handsets, built-in Class B smart AIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring.

Here are the other winners in their categories:


Radar: Furuno DRS4DNXT

Sat Com Antenna: KVH TracPhone V3HTS

Multi-Function Display: Garmin GPSMAP 861xsv

Multimedia Entertainment: Fusion Apollo RA770

NMEA 2000 Sensor: Furuno SC33 Satellite Compass

Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump v2

Satellite TV Antenna: KVH TracVision TV3

Fishfinder: Furuno DFF3D Multi-Beam 3-D

Marine Camera: FLIR M400XR

AIS: Furuno FA170 Class A

Marine PC Software: Nobeltec TZ Professional

Remote Vessel Monitoring System: GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR

WiFi/Cellular Device: KVH TracPhone LTE-1

Marine Apps-Utility: Garmin ActiveCaptain

Commercial: Furuno FAR2228BB IMO Radar

Manufacturer of the Year, Support: Garmin

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