NMEA names product award winners
9/27/2021

The main event at the annual NMEA Conference & Expo, held last week in Orlando, FL, was presentation of awards for the best electronics products. There were three separate competitions. One was the Product of Excellence Awards. For this, NMEA members-dealers, installers, manufacturers and others in the trade-voted on what they consider to be the best marine electronic devices in 18 categories. Garmin took the Manufacturer of the Year Award for support they provided to dealers and installers.

The other contests were the Technology Award and the Best New Product Award. A four-judge panel selected these winners based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value. Products considered for the Best New Product Award must be introduced to the market at the Conference & Expo. Here are the winners:

Product of Excellence Awards

Marine VHFICOM M605
Radar—Furuno DRS4DNXT
Satellite Communications Antenna—KVH TracPhone V30
Multi-Function Display—Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv
Multimedia Entertainment—Fusion Apollo MS-RA770
NMEA 2000 Sensor—Furuno SCX20 Satellite Compass
Marine PC Software—Nobeltec TimeZero Pro
Marine Apps-Utility—Garmin ActiveCaptain
Satellite TV Antenna—KVH TracVision UHD7
Fishfinder—Furuno DFF3D Multi-Beam 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
Marine Specialty—Furuno CSH8LMK2 Omni Sonar

Best New Product Award
Taking top honors was Shadow-Caster’s Light Commander—the first marine lighting controller to work with the new NMEA 2000 lighting control PGNs. These messages allow users of the six-zone controller to plug into an onboard network and instantly see which lights are available on the system and to control them.

NMEA Technology Award
Furuno’s NavNet TZT16F TZTouch 3 v2 was named the winner from among 10 entries. "The enhanced MFD sports innovative new functions, including the Personal Bathymetric Generator, which when linked to Furuno’s multi-beam sonar, can quickly create custom high-resolution shaded relief maps of the sea floor,” the judges said. "Another new feature called Fish-It/Drift-It allows fishermen to locate the correct spot to begin their drift to put them over a fishing waypoint and then create range rings and course line on the display, saving time and fuel.”

Judges this year for both the Technology and New Product Awards were Brian Swanke of CWR Distribution, Ben Stein of Panbo, Max Stein of Max Marine Electronics and Marine Electronics Journal editor Jim Fullilove.



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