The 2021 winner of the Ocean Navigator Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award is the Lynx Smart Battery Management System (BMS) (www.victronenergy.com/battery-management-systems/lynx-smart-bms). The Lynx unit is a full-featured BMSystem for managing lithium batteries, with capabilities like a battery monitor showing state of charge, a pre-alarm signal, Bluetooth connectivity, local and remote monitoring using a Victron GX device and more. Husick award judge and voyager Rebecca Childress wrote in an email, “Victron makes amazing products and this one sounds like another great way to stay on top of your electrical setup!”
The runner-up finalist was the Groco E Valve series with a new wireless interface that allows users to see the valve condition on their multi-function display screen (www.groco.net/products/valves-seacocks/evalve-electric-valve).
The judges for the 2021 Husick Award were Ben Ellison, marine electronics guru and owner of Panbo.com; Rob MacFarlane, writer of ON’s Voyaging Tips email newsletter and a Pacific voyager; Rebecca Childress, marine writer and voyager with the video series Sailing Brick House on YouTube; Ellen Massey Leonard, ON contributing editor, voyager and winner with her husband Seth of the Cruising Club of America’s Young Voyager award; Lawrence Husick, marine writer and boat owner and Tim Queeney, ON editor.