Electronics Association Announces 2017 Product Award Winners

Furuno wins NMEA Technology Award; Garmin takes Manufacturer of the Year and eight product awards.

Furuno repeated as the annual winner of the NMEA Technology Award — this time for its multibeam sonar, DFF-3D — and Garmin won Manufacturer of the Year for the third time running at the 46th annual National Marine Electronics Association conference and expo in Bellevue, Washington, which ended Sept. 28.

Furuno won the tech prize in 2016 for its DRS4D-NXT solid-state radar. A panel of four judges, including media and dealers, sifts through nominated products and decides each year on the technology winner.

“Though many innovative features of the new DFF-3D Multi-Beam Sonar contributed to it winning the 2017 NMEA Technology Award, the game-changing feature is the fact that it delivers a side-scan detection range of an unprecedented 650-plus feet, while being able to see straight down over 1,000 feet,” Furuno says. “The DFF-3D is completely at home in both deep and shallow water for finding fish, wrecks, and structure. It is remarkably easy to use and understand and brings you the ability to see the underwater world all around your vessel in real-time. Fish targets are shown in 3D within the water column, allowing you to pinpoint fishing hot spots and mark them as waypoints.”

NMEA members select the Manufacturer of the Year and Product of Excellence Award winners through an online voting process. This year’s top products included:

Autopilot — Garmin GHP Reactor
Multifunction Display — Garmin GPSMAP 8624
Radar — Garmin GMR 24 Fantom Dome
Fish Finder — Garmin GSD 26 CHIRP Pro Sonar Module
Marine VHF Radio — Icom M605
Satellite Communications Antenna — KVH TracPhone V3IP
Underwater Lights — Lumishore EOS TIX402
Commercial — Furuno FAR2127 IMO Radar
Marine PC Software — Nobeltec TZ Professional
Satellite TV Antenna — KVH TracVision TV3
AIS — Garmin AIS 600 Blackbox Transceiver
NMEA 2000® Sensor — Actisense NGT-1
Marine App – Aids to Navigation — Garmin BlueChart
Marine App – Technical — Garmin Helm
Marine Camera — FLIR M-625
Multimedia Entertainment — Fusion MS-AV750
Safety Device — McMurdo SmartFind G5 Auto GPS EPIRB
Remote Vessel Monitoring System — GOST Phantom Insight HD