Electronics firms recognized at NMEA Conference

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Almost a dozen awards were handed out during the 2008 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Convention in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 1-4, the association recently reported.

The awards are voted on by non-manufacturing active NMEA members and NMEA-certified marine electronics technicians.

Taking home the Manufacturer of the Year – Support Award during this, the 37th anniversary of the NMEA awards, for the third straight year was Furuno. The company said the award “clearly illustrates what an important role customer service plays within Furuno USA and with our technical marine electronics dealer network.”

In addition, Furuno’s NavNet 3D won NMEA Awards in the three major categories; Radar, Navigation and Fish Finding. Furuno took top honors in the Radar Category for the thirty-third consecutive year with the NavNet 3D DRS Ultra Hi-Definition Radar Series. In the Navigation Category, Furuno took home the NMEA award for the NavNet 3D MFD12. The DFF1, NavNet 3D’s Network Sounder, received the award for Best Fish Finder for the 37th year in a row, according to the company.

Other award winners included:

Simrad, part of the Navico family of brands, which took home the Best Autopilot Award for its new AP24-AP28 autopilot series.

ICOM, which received the top honor in the Communications category for its M604 Fixed VHF.

KVH Industries, which won in the Entertainment category for its KVH TracVision M3-ST.

Airmar Techologies, which was recognized in the Marine Specialty category for its B164 Tilted Element Transducer.

FLIR Systems, Inc., which also was recognized in the Marine Specialty category. It was honored for its FLIR Navigator II Thermal Imaging System.

Steve Romin of Long Beach Marine, Inc., who was named Technician of the Year.

Raymarine, which received Best of Show for its G-Series.

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