Garmin, Furuno and KVH were among the big winners at the annual National Marine Electronics Association awards competition recently at the organization’s meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Judges named the Shadow-Caster Light Commander the Best New Product, while Furuno’s NavNet TZT16F won the NMEA’s Technology Award. Furuno won six other awards (Furuno has won 242 of the awards since they started in 1971). For its part, KVH won three, extending its winning streak to 24 straight years.
NMEA members, the top marine electronic professionals in the U.S., cast votes on line in 18 categories for the Product of Excellence Awards. These awards recognize design, performance and reliability in new marine electronics.
The winners are:
Marine VHF: Icom M605
Radar: Furuno DRS4DNXT
Satellite Communications Antenna: KVH TracPhone V30
Multifunction Display: Garmin GPSMAP 861xsv
Multimedia Entertainment: Fusion Apollo MS-RA770
NMEA 2000 Sensor: Furuno SCX20 satellite compass
Marine PC Software: Nobeltec TimeZero Pro
Marine Apps-Utility: Garmin ActiveCaptain
Marine Speciality: Furuno CSH8LMK2 Omni sonar (pictured above)
Satellite TV Antenna: KVH TracVision UHD7
Fishfinder: Furuno DFF3D multibeam sonar
Marine Camera: Teledyne/FLIR M364C
AIS: Furuno FA170 Class A
Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump v2
Remote Monitoring: Maretron N2KView
Safety Device: Garmin GPSMAP 86sci handheld
Commercial: Furuno FAR2228BB IMO radar
Wi-Fi/Cellular Device: KVH TracPhone LTE-1
The NMEA is made up of more than 600 marine companies, including manufacturers, dealers and boat builders. Mark Reedenauer, the organization’s president, congratulated all the winners and said, “The entrant count for the Best New Product Award exceeded our expectations, which sends the message that there is extreme value for manufacturers to introduce new products at the NMEA Conference, where only the trade can view these new innovations.” Read more: