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NMEA Product of Excellence Awards for 2018

If you’re researching new electronics for your boat, whether it’s a fishing machine, cruiser or sailboat, the choice of brands, models and functions can be a bit bewildering. The members of the National Marine Electronics Association do something every year that might be helpful. Dealers, manufacturers, distributors, boatyards and a bunch of other marine professionals vote on their favorite electronics. It’s called the Product of Excellence Awards. NMEA vets the votes to prevent a company from “stuffing the ballot box.” 2018 winners were announced at the association’s annual Conference & Expo last week in Palm Beach, FL.

Next week The Mic will pick back up on the series we’ve been running for several weeks---Marine Electronics Journal’s Best & Brightest lineup of boat electronics. That list includes categories and equipment that aren’t part of NMEA’s Product of Excellence rollout. Click HERE to see last week's roster. 

We'll also tell you about another award---the NMEA Technology Award, which celebrates one product that rates highest in innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value.

Ten manufacturers took home gold across 17 product categories in the annual Product of Excellence Awards. NMEA members selected the winners by casting their votes online and at the Conference & Expo.



Garmin GHP Reactor






Marine VHF Radio

Icom M605


Satellite Communications Antenna

KVH TracPhone V7-HTS

Fish Finder

Furuno DFF3D

Multi-Function Display

Garmin GPSMAP 8624

Satellite TV Antenna

KVH TracVision TV3 with HUB A+



Furuno FA170


NMEA 2000 Sensor

Furuno SC33


Marine PC Software

Nobeltec TZ Professional


Marine App-Aids to Navigation

Nobeltec TZ iBoat


Marine App-Utility (Tie)

Airmar SensorCheck TDT1000

Garmin Active Captain


Marine Camera




Furuno FAR2127 IMO Radar


Remote Vessel Monitoring System

GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR


Safety Device

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB


Multimedia Entertainment

Fusion Apollo RA770



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