After consideration by our panel of judges (see below), the 2020 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to Raymarine for its Axiom+ multifunction display. Raymarine describes its Axiom units this way: “The performance-tuned Axiom+ is a new generation of award-winning Raymarine multifunction displays. Optimized for speed, Axiom Plus is equipped with a powerful quad-core processor for industry-leading responsiveness and speed, giving you the power to seamlessly redraw charts, navigate with augmented reality, and experience RealVision™ 3D sonar.” Meanwhile one of our judges, Rebecca Childress, has this to say about Axiom+: “The newest one has twice the memory that my chartplotter has, but even mine with just 8MB of memory is an awesome piece of kit.”
Other finalists this year were the Cortex AIS, VHF and offboat monitoring system from Vesper Marine and the TG165 Spot Thermal Camera from infrared specialists FLIR.
Our judges were Ben Ellison, marine electronics expert and owner of Panbo.com marine electronics site; Jeff Merrill, trawler expert and owner of Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales in Seal Beach, Calif.; Bill Morris, circumnavigator, author of The Captain’s Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat and writer of ON’s Marine Electronics newsletter; Rebecca Childress, liveaboard voyager and frequent contributor to ON; Lawrence Husick, patent attorney and contributor to ON; and Tim Queeney, ON editor.