Garmin Wins Big

The electronics maker has earned the NMEA Manufacturer of the Year Award, and more.

Garmin BlueChart Mobile

Garmin BlueChart Mobile

Garmin's BlueChart Mobile earned a 2015 NMEA award as an aid to navigation.Courtesy Garmin

It’s high-fives all around at Garmin, which recently earned the Manufacturer of the Year award from the National Marine Electronics Association — along with individual Garmin product awards in four categories, including best chartplotter, autopilot and mobile 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,” Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales, stated in a press release.

Garmin’s GHP Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump won in the autopilot category for the third year in a row.

In the multifunction display category, Garmin won for its GPSMAP 7616, which is has a 16-inch widescreen design.

In the marine app categories, Garmin took home awards for its BlueChart Mobile route-planning app as a top aid to navigation, and for its Garmin Helm app on the basis of end-user utility.

News of the awards came just ahead of two new product introductions: the GMR 25kW radars and the PS70 thru-hull Panoptix transducer.

The Garmin GMR 2524xHD2 and GMR 2526xHD2 radars: They come in 4- and 6-foot open arrays, have a maximum range of 96 nautical miles and retail for $7,999 and $8,999, respectively.

The Panoptix PS60: It is an all-seeing sonar transducer with thru-hull installation, providing real-time, moving sonar images from below the boat. Retail price is $3,999.

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