NMEA 2014 Product Awards

NMEA’s annual Product Awards are selected in nine categories by industry experts appointed by the association and presented at the International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held last year in Sanibel, FL, in October. 

Here are the 2014 winners:

Autopilot

Garmin GHP 20 with GHC20 and Smart Pump 

Raymarine Evolution System

Multi-Function Display

Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZT14 

Radar

Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZTBB w/DRS6A UHD 

Fish Finder

Furuno FCV587 Color LCD

Marine VHF Radio

Icom IC-M506 Marine Transceiver

Satellite Communications Antenna

KVH TracPhone V3IP

Satellite TV Antenna

KVH TracVision TV1

Computer-Based Software

Nobeltec Time Zero Catch

Marine Specialty

FLIR MD-625 Thermal Camera System

GOST Watch HD App

NMEA-BWI Technology Award

FLIR’s MV-604CL thermal imaging camera won the NMEA-BWI Technology Award for 2014. Simrad’s NSS12 Evo2 chartplotter/multi-function display was awarded an Honorable Mention.

The Technology Award is presented annually to a new marine product that best meets criteria based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value. An independent panel of editors and writers from Boating Writers International selects the winning products. (See the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of MEJ for complete product descriptions.)

DAME Award
Glomex weBBoat 4G wins Electronic and Software Category

Always popular at METS is presentation of the DAME Award, which honors marine equipment that best meets design, originality, ease of use and other criteria. An independent panel selected winners in seven categories and an overall winner. This year the judges inspected 116 entries from 23 countries and chose 45 for consideration in the final round.

Top honors in the Marine Electronics and Marine-Related Software Category went to the Glomex weBBoat 4G, an integrated 3G/4G/WiFi coastal Internet antenna. The device “offers high-speed Internet throughout a boat in a very quick and easy way via a single unit with minimal cabling,” according to the award organizers. “An integrated SIM card slot provides for 3G and 4G connectivity; the unit switches to use WiFi signals when detected to save cellular data fees. The jury liked the weBBoat 4G’s simplicity, compact design and all-in-one approach to an area of rapidly growing interest in the marine industry.”

Special Mentions in the Electronics and Marine-Related Software category went to Furuno’s 1st Watch Wireless Radar and LCJ Capteurs’ BaroPlug. 

1st Watch “broadcasts its data to iOS devices over WiFi, so the scanner only needs a power supply to operate. The jury really liked the simple to understand user interface on the iOS app,” the award organizers said.
“The LCJ BaroPlug is a compact barometric sensor that connects anywhere in a NMEA 2000 network to provide air pressure information for instrumentation.”

Marinco by BEP took first place in the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems category with its Pro Installer EZ-Mount Battery Switches. “The Jury really appreciated the simplicity and ease of installation of the EZ-Mount Battery Switches from Marinco by BEP. Instead of working from the rear of the switch, you install the base, connect the cables and then attach the actuator and cover.”

Special Mentions in the category included one to Fischer Panda for its 150i PMS generator. “This compact 150kVA generator features a competitive power-to-weight ratio, reduced fuel consumption and integration with other models in the range. The jury was pleased to see variable-speed technology making its way into larger generator sizes.”

Bill Dixon, Chairman of the DAME Award jury, said it’s commendable to see so much product development at a time when the marine industry has been experiencing a long period of constrained budgets. “Developing new, well designed and innovative products is very difficult for relatively low manufacturing volumes. Nevertheless many of the companies that we recognized in this year’s nominations have looked at a problem, found a new and interesting way to solve it and come up with a confident solution. Others have discovered ways of making the boat builder’s life easier though better integration and ease of installation.”

2014 NMMA Innovation Awards
SIMRAD NSO16 EVO2 GLASS BRIDGE SYSTEM

2014 Freeman Pittman Awards
B&G’s Sailsteer and Sailtime software

Cruising Category:
Raymarine Evolution Autopilot

Electronics Category:
B&G’s Sailsteer and Sailtime
DeLorme inReach SE
Garmin Quatix Watch

Safety Category:
WatchMate Vision AIS

2014 ICAST New Product Showcase
Best Electronics:
Humminbird ONIX

The NMEA awards are presented in October. Below are the winners from last year. 
Check back with us this fall to see who won the awards for 2014.

2013 NMEA-BWI Technology Award

Raymarine Evolution Autopilot
Nobeltec Time Zero iOS app
Garmin quatix wristwatch

2013 NMEA Product Awards

Autopilot
Garmin GHP 20 Autopilot with Smart Pump

Fish Finder
Humminbird 360 Imaging

Radar
Furuno TZtouch TZT14 with DRS4D

Communications
KVH TracPhone V3

Entertainment
KVH TracVision HD11

Navigation
Furuno NavNet TZtouch Black Box System 

Computer-Based Software
Nobeltec Time Zero App

Marine Specialty
FLIR MD-625 Thermal Imager

2013 DAME Award (presented in November)

Electronics Category: 
Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System 

Special Mention: 
Raymarine Evolution Autopilot
Garmin’s quatix wristwatch 
Vavuud--turns a smartphone into a handheld wind meter

2013 IBEX Innovation Awards (presented in October)

OEM Electronics Category:
Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System 
Raymarine Evolution Autopilot

Honorable Mention: 
Fusion Electronics MS-RA205 Marine Stereo

2013 Practical Sailor Editors’ Choice
Vesper Marine WatchMate 850 AIS