Companies take home NMEA awards

The following companies reported winning awards at the 2009 National Marine Electronics Association convention, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Furuno, manufacturer of marine electronics, was honored with five awards at the NMEA convention.

Furuno won in the categories of Best Radar, Best Navigation, Best Fish Finder and Marine Specialty Product. For the fourth straight year, the company also took home Manufacturer of the Year-Support.

"Receiving this award amid the turbulent and uncertain market in which our industry currently finds itself is quite significant," said Dean Kurutz, marketing manager of Furuno USA, in a statement.

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Navico won the NMEA Technology Award for its Simrad BR24 Broadband Radar, as well as top honors for the Simrad AP24 and AP28 in the Autopilot Product category.

"It is a true honor to receive not one, but two awards from the NMEA," said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer for Navico Americas, in a statement.

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KVH Industries took home NMEA's Industry Award for the best marine entertainment product with the TracVision M1 satellite TV system.

Weighing 7.5 pounds, it is a small, light system that allows for DirectTV on boats. It includes a compact antenna that offers quality in-motion reception and tracking, and its versatile mounting options mean installation can be customized to meet the needs of any boater and any vessel.

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