Sail magazine hands out innovation honors

Sail magazine named the winners of its 2016 Pittman Innovation Awards.
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Sail magazine named the winners of its 2016 Pittman Innovation Awards.

Sail magazine named the winners of its 2016 Pittman Innovation Awards.

Sail said its team of judges — executive editor Adam Cort, cruising editor Charles J. Doane, technical editor Jay Paris and electronics editor Ben Ellison — spent days roaming boat shows in the United States and abroad to uncover the 15 "best of the best" in terms of sailing gear.

The 15 winners are:

  • In the Cruising category, Dutchmar's Zoom, Colligo's Extra Lightweight Headsail Furling System and the Rainman Desalination System; in the Electronics category, Jeanneau and Harken's Assisted Sail Trim, Garmin's VIRB XE Camera, B&G's Vulcan 7 and Navionics Dock-to-Dock Autorouting;
  • In the Safety category, Spinlock's Lume-On and Sirius Signal's SOS Distress Light; in the Systems category, UK Sailmakers Power Sail, Blue Sea Systems BatteryLink, Waeco's CRX Refrigerator and Torqeedo's Deep Blue Hybrid system; and lastly, in the Racing category, Seldén's S-Series Winch and the TackingMaster.

The magazine named Navionics Dock-to-Dock Autorouting as this year’s overall winner.

“Navionics has consistently been at the forefront of innovative charting software,” systems expert Nigel Calder, who was on the panel of judges for that award, said in a statement. “The Dock-to-Dock software is another extremely useful ground-breaking innovation."

Coverage of the awards is on Page 52 of the February issue of Sail and at


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