Sunday, February 25

Best New Electronics: NMEA Awards

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The National Marine Electronics Association just named this year’s award winners at its annual conference in Orlando. The awards were chosen by NMEA members  who voted online in 17 categories for Product of Excellence Awards, while a panel of judges named winners of the NMEA Technology Award and Best New Product Award.

The Best New Product Award celebrates a new product that was introduced at the conference and that the judges thought was best in innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value. The winner: Furuno’s FCV800 fishfinder, which the judges said was “a real powerhouse of a standalone fishfinder.”

The NMEA Technology Award goes to a single marine electronics  product that scores highest in the same criteria as the Best New Product Award. The winner: Sensar Marine’s Boat Monitor, which the judges said offers “A compelling blend of innovation and value. Its bilge-monitoring function offers a level of insight into a boat’s health that’s not found on far more expensive systems.”

The Product of Excellence Winners:

Marine VHF: Icom M510 Class D DSC

Satellite TV Antenna: KVH TracVision UHD7

Radar: Furuno DRS4DNXT

Fishfinder: Furuno DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar

Satellite Comm. Antenna: KVH TracNet H60

Marine Camera: Teledyne FLIR M364C

Multi-Function Display: Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv (pictured)

AIS: Vesper Marine Cortex M1 smartAIS

Multimedia Entertainment: Fusion Apollo MS-RA770

Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump

NMEA 2000 Sensor: Furuno SCX20 Satellite Compass

Remote Monitoring: GOST GNT-Evolution

Marine PC Software: Nobeltec TimeZero Pro

Safety Device: Garmin GPSMAP 86sci Handheld

Wi-Fi/Cellular Device: Wave Wi-Fi Tidal Wave

Commercial: Furuno FAR2228BB IMO Radar

Marine Speciality: Furuno CSH8LMK2 Omni Sonar

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