MIAMI – Fifteen marine products were honored Thursday for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 71st annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Thirteen companies took home the prestigious boating industry 2012 Innovation Award and two the Honorable Mention during NMMA’s State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast, held this morning at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The Vesper Marine WatchMate Vision is arguably the most advanced Class B AIS transponder ever built. It offers Vesper’s sophisticated collision avoidance alarm technology on a 5.7-inch color touchscreen while also outputting target data in every form possible. A boat’s navigation computers or MFDs can receive AIS info from a Vision via USB, NMEA 0183, or NMEA 2000. Meanwhile, smart phones and tablet can access and even control a Vision via WiFi, and the Vision can also serve as a hub for getting additional boat data like wind and depth info to apps.