The Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award is always a great snapshot of the state of marine technology for voyagers. The mix of products nominated by our judges this year makes for intriguing reading. We had everything from satellite communications to a spinnaker furler to a nomination for a plastic material.
That's right, one of our judges, Paul Exner, nominated Delrin 527UV. He made the case this way: "Although this product has been available for use for a few years, it is still worth nominating because of the range of new system applications where it can be used: mounting winches on an aluminum mast as an insulating spacer to prevent corrosion; custom mounting of other equipment like solar panels; spacers in the toggles of standing rigging to prevent sheets from getting caught; etc. A material that has a high surface hardness; good machining characteristics; and, improved UV stability over it's Dupont predecessor Delrin 507."
Pretty amazing stuff, Delrin! You can see the other nominees here.
Even though all the nominated products are winners for being included, one product still needed to garner top honors. And after the judges cast their votes, we had a clear winner.
On Friday, Oct 10, at the Ocean Navigator booth at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the 2014 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award was presented to Icom for its IC-M506 VHF/AIS transceiver.
After the award was presented, the crowd at our booth enjoyed martinis and other spirits as we celebrated Chuck Husick and his amazing legacy of technical excellence. Congratulations to Icom.