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Garmin wins big at NMEA Awards


GARMIN has received the honour of being the most recognised company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).

Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year at the prestigious 2015 NMEA Awards, held during the annual NMEA Conference in the US last week, as well as received awards in four product categories: autopilot; multi-function display (MFD); mobile application – aid to navigation; and mobile application – end-user utility.

Garmin vice president of worldwide sales Dan Bartel said Garmin was honoured to be selected as the Manufacturer of the Year, and to be recognised for several of its products and marine applications.

“The strength and breadth of our innovative marine product line is second to none, and these coveted awards are a true testament to Garmin’s dedication to the design, manufacture, sale, and support of our marine electronics,” Bartel said.

For the third year in a row, Garmin received an award in the autopilot category – this time for its GHP ReactorTM hydraulic autopilot with SmartPump. The GHP Reactor is Garmin’s first recreational autopilot system to utilise AHRS technology and boasts the usability, installation flexibility, and many other features that prove valuable for any vessel.

Garmin also took home top honours in the MFD category. The accolades went to the GPSMAP 7616* – a 16-inch multi-touch widescreen chartplotter designed for boaters who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration. The GPSMAP 7616 comes preloaded with both BlueChart® g2 coastal and LakeVüTM HD inland maps, and is fully-networkable with radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens, sensors, remote sonar modules, digital switching, thermal cameras and more. (*Sold as the GPSMAP 7416 in Australia and New Zealand.)

New marine app categories were added at this year’s NMEA Awards and both apps offered from Garmin won their respective categories.

Garmin BlueChart Mobile, a route planning application with streaming weather capabilities, was named the best mobile application aid to navigation.

Earning the top spot in the mobile application for end-user utility was Garmin HelmTM – an application that allows boaters to view and control their chartplotter from a smartphone or tablet.

Garmin’s marine portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

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