ConnectFest set for IBEX and METS

SVERNA PARK, Md. – The NMEA 2000 Network, the international standard for communication on vessels, will be demonstrated at a special event called ConnectFest, scheduled to be held at November’s International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, the National Marine Electronics Association reported in a release yesterday.

IBEX will be held Nov. 1-3, at the Miami Beach Convention Center with ConnectFest taking place Nov. 2.

Another ConnectFest demonstration will be held at the METS trade fair in Amsterdam on Nov. 16.

The NMEA 2000 Network was developed by the National Marine Electronics Association, by a number of companies inside and outside the boating industry and with the aid of the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center. It provides benefits to boat builders and the trade, including increased profitability and flexibility of installations, NMEA said.

For the boating consumer, the NMEA 2000 opens up a new world of marine electronics with a system that offers the possibility of “plug and play” when their onboard product requirements change as well as certified products from a growing list of manufacturers.

Companies that will participate with NMEA 2000 certified products include: Blue Water Data, Simrad, Maretron, Airmar, Raymarine, Faria, Westerbeke, Lowrance, Mystic Valley Communications, Teleflex, Yanmar, BRP/Evinrude, Yamaha, Volvo Penta, Offshore Limited, Molex, and Xantrex,

For further information, contact NMEA Technical Director, Steve Spitzer at 425 417-8042 or

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