NMEA hands out product awards

SAVERNA PARK, Md. — The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) distributed product awards Friday at the NMEA’s Annual Convention and Exposition at Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a statement from the association.

The NMEA product awards recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The awards are selected by votes from marine electronics dealers, distributors and other industry professionals, stated the association.

According to the rules, each active, non-manufacturer member of the NMEA and each NMEA-certified marine electronics technician are allowed to cast one vote.

With 39 participating companies and 149 nominated products, this year’s contest marked a 10-percent increase in participation over last year, the association reported.

In addition, for the first time in the convention’s history there was a tie for this year’s “Best of Show” award: Sea Tel’s WaveCall 3000 and Raymarine’s DSM 250.

“This tie presents us with an exciting and unique situation,” said Beth Kahr, NMEA president. “As always, we’re pleased to recognize the highest quality marine electronics products, and this tie is a perfect example of the great work being done in the industry today.”

The following products were recognized:

  • Autopilot-Recreational – Simrad AP20 Series
  • Autopilot-Commercial – Simrad AP50
  • Compass-Electronic – Simrad RFC35R/RC25
  • Compass-Gyro – Simrad RGC50
  • Electronic Cartography – C-Map NT+
  • GPS/DGPS/WAAS Position Receiver – Furuno GP-37
  • Instrumentation – Furuno RD-30
  • Integrated Navigation System – Furuno NavNet Series
  • Marine Antenna – Digital Antenna 529-VW
  • Marine Specialty Product – Digital Antenna DA 4000 PowerMax
  • Navigation Plotter – Northstar 952
  • Navigation Software – Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite 7.0
  • Radar-Recreational – Furuno NavNet 1800/1900 Series
  • Radar-Commercial – Furuno FR-2105 Series
  • Satellite Communications – KVH Tracphone 252
  • Shipboard Power Systems – Newmar Phase Three Battery Charger
  • Sonar – Furuno CH250
  • SSB Radiotelephone – ICOM M802
  • Stabilized TV Antenna – KVH TracVision 4
  • UAIS – Furuno FA-100
  • VHF Radiotelephone-Fixed – ICOM IC-M602
  • VHF Radiotelephone-Portable – ICOM IC-M88
  • Video Souner/Fishfinder-Recreational – Furuno FCV582L
  • Video Sounder/Fishfinder-Commercial – Furuno FCV-1100
  • Best in Show – Sea Tel’s WaveCall 3000 & Raymarine’s DSM 250
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