Industry Names Best Electronics and Top Manufacturer for 2020

Garmin, Furuno, FLIR, and ICOM take home awards of excellence for fishfinder, MFD, radar, VHF, marine camera and more.
Furuno DFF3D multibeam 3D fishfinder
Furuno’s DFF3D multibeam 3D fishfinder won top honors in the NMEA awards competition. Courtesy Furuno

The National Marine Electronics Association has announced 19 winners for its Product of Excellence Awards and named Garmin, for the sixth straight time, as its Manufacturer of the Year.

“It’s a true honor to be the NMEA Manufacturer of the Year for six years running,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Working closely with our dealers, distributors, industry experts and NMEA technicians every step of the way, we’ve created a portfolio of some of the most innovative technology on the water, all backed by our first-class service and support. These awards are a true testament to Garmin’s commitment to excellence and reliability among our industry colleagues and customers, and validate the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

Garmin and Fusion, a Garmin brand, also captured four product awards. Furuno took home five awards. NMEA members selected the winners of the annual Product of Excellence Awards through an online voting process. Awards were given in 17 categories.

Garmin 8616xsv multifunction display
Garmin’s 8616xsv multifunction display won top honors for MFDs. Courtesy Garmin
  • 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)

“On behalf of the NMEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership, we congratulate all 2020 award winners,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President & 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.”