NMEA Hands Out Product of Excellence Awards


The National Marine Electronics Association announced its 2020 Product of Excellence Awards at the conclusion of its Virtual Education Week. A total of 19 products were honored in 17 categories.

For the sixth straight year, NMEA named Garmin its Manufacturer of the Year, citing its “superior support of their products to all who install and service them in the field,” NMEA said in a statement.

“On behalf of the NMEA board of directors, staff and membership, we congratulate all 2020 award winners,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president and executive director. “The member voting count exceeded our expectations. This certainly sends the message to the market that manufacturers have focused on producing top-quality products for the boating public, even during a pandemic.”

In addition to being named NMEA Manufacturer of the Year, Garmin was awarded four Product of Excellence awards.

In addition to being named NMEA Manufacturer of the Year, Garmin was awarded four Product of Excellence awards.

Here are the Product of Excellence Award recipients:

• Marine VHF: ICOM M605

• Radar: Furuno DRS4DNXT solid-state doppler

• Satellite Communications Antenna: KVH TracPhone V3-HTS

• Multifunction Display: Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv

• Multimedia Entertainment: Fusion Apollo RA770

• NMEA 2000 Sensor: Furuno SCX20 high-precision satellite compass

• Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump v2

• Satellite TV Antenna: KVH TracVision UHD7

• Fishfinder: Furuno DFF3D

• Marine Camera: FLIR M364C

• AIS: Vesper XB8000

• Marine PC Software: Nobeltec TZ Professional V 4.1

• Remote Monitoring: GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR

• Wi-Fi/Cellular Device (tie): KVH TracPhone LTE-1, Wave Wi-Fi Tidal Wave AC + Cellular

• Marine Apps-Utility: Garmin ActiveCaptain

• Commercial: Furuno FAR2228BB 25kW IMO radar

• Marine Specialty (tie): Maretron N2KBuilder network design software, Furuno DI-FFAMP High-Power CHIRP Amplifier


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