NMEA names 2020 Product of Excellence Award winners

(SEVERNA PARK, Md.) — Manufacturers scored big at the 2020 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Business Meeting held on Sept. 26, following the NMEA Virtual Education Week. Nineteen products received the top award, and the NMEA Manufacturer of the Year was named.

“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. NMEA members, installers, and manufacturers have surely kept their eye on the ball.”

The 2020 Product of Excellence Awards nominees were extensively vetted by staff and committee. The awards bring global recognition and extensive media coverage for NMEA manufacturer members. The 2020 NMEA Product of Excellence Awards included one new category: Marine Specialty.

NMEA members selected the winners of the annual Product of Excellence Awards through an online voting process. Awards were given in 17 categories. Here are the 2020 winners:

Marine VHF – Icom M605
Radar – Furuno DRS4DNXT solid-state doppler
Satellite Communications Antenna – KVH TracPhone V3-HTS
Multi-Function 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 multi-beam 3D
Marine Camera – FLIR M364C
AIS – Vesper XB8000 smartAIS
Marine PC Software – Nobeltec TZ Professional V 4.1
Remote Monitoring – GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR
Wi-Fi/Cellular Device – KVH TracPhone LTE-1 (tie)
Wi-Fi/Cellular Device – Wave Wi-Fi Tidal Wave AC + Cellular (tie)
Marine Apps – Utility-Garmin ActiveCaptain
Commercial – Furuno FAR2228BB 25kW IMO radar
Marine Specialty – Maretron N2KBuilder – NMEA2000 network design software (tie)
Marine Specialty – Furuno “Deep Impact” DI-FFAMP high-power CHIRP amplifier (tie)

NMEA members also voted on a particular manufacturer who had demonstrated superior support of their products to all who install and service them in the field. NMEA and the membership congratulate Garmin on winning this award.

Manufacturer of the Year Award

NMEA normally awards a Best New Product Award and an NMEA Technology Award based on in-person judging at the Annual NMEA Conference and Expo. “Because of the pandemic these awards could not be awarded this year,” said Reedenauer. “NMEA plans to reinstate these awards in 2021 when the NMEA Conference and Expo is scheduled to be held as a live, in-person event in Anaheim, Calif.”

For details, watch www.nmea.org.

– National Marine Electronics Association

By Professional Mariner Staff