TULSA, Okla. – B&G has earned the 2011 Freeman K. Pittman Innovation Award from SAIL magazine for its multifunctional navigation display, Zeus.
Zeus won the electronics category and was selected by the magazine’s editors as an innovative new product that propels the sport of sailing and serves as a catalyst for growth in the industry. The winning products were on display at SAIL’s Innovation Station during the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show, January 27-30, 2011. SAIL’s Innovation Awards honor the memory of Freeman Pittman who, for 15 years, brought his passion for innovation and technology to the readers of the magazine.
“B&G Zeus multifunction displays integrate a wide range of performance data,” said Ralph Naranjo, editor, SAIL magazine and electronics category judge. “The Zeus Z8 and Z12 have been optimized for use on sailboats and include a full suite of navigation tools for cruising sailors.”
The B&G Zeus is a multifunction display system designed specifically for sailors, featuring bright viewing and total control of key performance and navigation electronics – charts, instruments, weather, navigation and radar. Zeus provides GRIB weather-file display and animation, along with true wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure. Users can scroll through forecasts to plan navigation consistent with conditions. Zeus’ tactical chart overlay depicts sailing laylines and indicates best and worst layline positions, allowing sailors to make better-informed navigation decisions.
The system also displays a powerful WindPlot histogram, ideal for analyzing breezes, and a TimePlot histogram that provides a time-based log display including depth, barometric pressure and boat speed for trend tracking. In addition, Zeus offers full integration with GPS, award-winning Broadband Radar, Automatic Identification System (AIS), weather, entertainment and digital switching.
Zeus is compatible with B&G’s H3000 instruments.
“The Freeman K. Pittman Innovative Award is a tremendous honor and validates that our goals for this product were met. It is a game-changing technology that gives sailing cruisers and club racers the best performance on the water,” said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer, Navico Americas.
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