• NMEA Product of Excellence Award presented in 16 categories
  • Garmin repeats as Manufacturer of the Year-Support
  • Furuno Doppler radar wins NMEA Technology Award

SEVERNA PARK, MD-The marine electronics industry honored several manufacturers with product awards at the annual National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held this year at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL, Sept. 20-22. Top products were named for both the NMEA Product of Excellence Awards and the NMEA Technology Award. More than 450 leading marine electronics manufacturers, dealers, distributors, media and others from the United States and abroad attended the three-day event.

NMEA members selected the Product of Excellence Award winners through an on-line voting process. There were 16 product categories this year, including three new ones: Commercial, Safety & Security, and Multimedia Entertainment. The category of Manufacturer of the Year-Support-went to Garmin for the second consecutive year.

2016 NMEA Product of Excellence Award Winners
Autopilot-Garmin GHP Reactor
Satellite TV Antenna-KVH TracVision TV3
Multi-Function Display-Garmin GPSMAP 8624
AIS-Garmin AIS 600
Radar-Furuno DRS4D-NXT
NMEA 2000® Sensor-Actisense NGT-1
Fish Finder-Garmin GSD 26
Marine App-Aids to Navigation-Garmin BlueChart 2.0
Marine VHF Radio-Icom IC-M506
Marine App-Technical-Garmin Helm
Satellite Communications Antenna-KVH TracPhone V3-IP
Marine Camera-FLIR M618CS
Underwater Lights-Lumishore EOS SMX152
Multimedia Entertainment-Fusion AV750 Marine Stereo System
Commercial-Furuno FAR2117 IMO Radar
Safety & Security-ACR GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB

2016 NMEA Technology Award
Furuno's DRS4D-NXT Doppler solid-state radar took top honors in the 2016 NMEA Technology Award competition from among 10 nominated products. The annual award scores new products based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality, and value. An independent five-person panel of judges selected the winner. Judges included Certified Marine Electronics Technicians Don Ehrlich of Yachtronics, Brian Brousseau of Dockside Electronics and Dave Luce of Atlantic Marine Electronics, along with Editors Chris Woodward of Sport Fishing magazine and Jim Fullilove of Marine Electronics Journal.

"Our decision was not an easy one. We were impressed with the high quality and worthiness of all 10 entries," the judges said. "We chose the Furuno NXT for several reasons. Its Doppler technology makes understanding the radar display easy for boaters-and enhances boating safety-by automatically and quickly tracking targets using ARPA and utilizing Doppler to turn targets red if they're threats, while indicating which direction they are heading. Beam width can be synthetically adjusted for maximum target separation, and the radar helps fishermen close in on the catch through its auto bird mode. The NXT's compact 24-inch radome makes it suitable for a wide range of both power and sail boats and can be put aboard for a very reasonable price."

"On behalf of the entire NMEA membership, we congratulate all award category recipients," said Mark Reedenauer, President & Executive Director of NMEA. "The membership voted and the turnout this year was better than 2015. The additional categories allowed manufacturers to get recognized who would not have been awarded in years past. We look forward to further improving and refining the awards process in 2017."

By Ocean Navigator