Garmin International today announced that it was named Manufacturer of the Year for the third consecutive year, an honour given to the most recognised company in the marine electronics field for its support of products in the field, voted on by members of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) in the US.
Garmin also dominated the NMEA’s Product of Excellence Awards with eight wins in the following categories: radar, autopilot, multi-function display (MFD), mobile application-aid to navigation, mobile application-utility, fishfinder, AIS, and multimedia entertainment.
The honours were announced at the 2017 NMEA Convention held last week in Bellevue, Washington.
“As the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer, we’re honoured to again be recognised by the industry for our continued commitment to design, manufacture, sell and support industry-leading products,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president global consumer sales. “We are incredibly proud and humbled by these recognitions and we look forward to continuing to move the marine industry forward by delivering first-class hardware, software and support.”
For the second year in a row, Garmin won the MFD category for its GPSMAP 8624, a 24in all-in-one touchscreen chartplotter that boasts the highest screen resolution on the market.
Fusion, a Garmin brand, also received consecutive honours in the multimedia entertainment category, this year for the AV755 Marine Stereo System, a NMEA 2000-certified marine-ready DVD/CD player with Bluetooth connectivity that can be controlled from a compatible MFD.
For five years running, Garmin received the top spot in the autopilot category. The GHP Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump was Garmin’s first recreational autopilot system to utilize AHRS technology and boasts usability, installation flexibility and many other features.
The new Fantom 24 radome with MotionScope technology took top honours in the radar category.
Garmin BlueChart Mobile, a route planning application with streaming weather capabilities, was named the best mobile application aid to navigation; and Garmin Helm, an application that allows mariners to view and control their chartplotter from a smartphone or tablet, won for mobile application utility.
Other Garmin products honoured include the GSDT 26 black-box sounder with broadband spread-spectrum signal technology in the fishfinder category, and the AIS 600, a black box transceiver that sends and receives vessel information and AIS target data in the AIS category.