NMEA hands out awards at annual conference

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The National Marine Electronics Association presented its Product of Excellence Awards and the Technology Award at the International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo.

Winners in 18 categories were selected by NMEA members through an online voting process. Garmin won Manufacturer of the Year for the support of its products in the field.

“On behalf of the NMEA board of directors and staff, we congratulate all award recipients,” Mark Reedenauer, president and executive director of the NMEA, said in a statement that includes a full list of the winners. “Member voting turnout remains strong, and we thank all members who voted. The NMEA Awards Committee will continually be looking for ways to increase voter turnout as we look to 2018.”

The Technology Award went to Furuno for its deep-water multi-beam sonar (model DFF3D).

“What stood out about the Furuno DFF3D from the many worthy contenders is that it is the industry’s first deep-water multi-beam sonar,” the contest judges said. “It delivers a side-scan range of more than 650 feet and can see straight down to over 1,000 feet. Its unique 165 kHz frequency allows you to view the DFF3D sonar while simultaneously utilizing your conventional or CHIRP sonar. On top of that, boaters can customize its display using four modes — cross-section, 3D sounder history, triple/single-beam and side scan.”

In addition to Manufacturer of the Year honors, Garmin won in six individual categories — autopilot; multifunction display; radar; fish finder; marine app-aids to navigation; and marine app-technical.

Icom took top honors in the marine VHF radio category; Lumishore won the underwater lights competition. FLIR grabbed the top spot in marine cameras and Fusion had the best multimedia entertainment product.

The conference was held at the Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash., from Thursday through Saturday.