Every year via the Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, Ocean Navigator looks at the latest offerings in marine tech — new products, new online services, new ways of approaching the challenges of voyaging. This year we had an excellent crop of new offerings to consider. We had nominees that included everything from new radars and a forward-looking sonar to safety gear and even a product called the Sawafuji Swing Motor (a refrigeration compressor drive).
Our team of judges whose task it is to evaluate the nominees and pick a final winner was an experienced group of marine technology experts and voyaging sailors. The panel included Ben Ellison, marine electronics guru and the guiding force behind Panbo.com; Ellen Massey Leonard, circumnavigator and frequent contributor to ON; Wayne Canning, ON contributing editor, marine writer, photographer and surveyor; Jeff Merrill, marine writer, yacht broker and power voyaging expert; Paul Exner, sail training/sea trial instructor and marine writer; and Lawrence Husick, son of Chuck Husick, who is carrying on Chuck’s tradition of marine writing as a contributor to ON.
After looking at the whole slate of 2016 nominees, our judges chose a new, highly capable Doppler radar from Furuno, the DRS4D-NXT UHD Doppler radar. Congratulations to Furuno for winning the 2016 Chuck Husick Award!