MAATS Innovations, the winners are…
There were 15 entries in the “Aftermarket Electronics, Electrical Equipment, Instrumentation, Navigation Equipment including Software” category of this year’s MAATS Innovation Awards, and not a dud in the bunch! Which is why it’s particularly noteworthy that we seven judges gave the award to Lowrance’s Broadband Sounder and an Honorable Mention to Lowrance’s LVR-880 VHF/FM radio. I’ll be writing more about both these products as I should have samples installed on Gizmo in a week or so. The photo above is from a pre-production 880 that I tried in the lab for a month or so; the NMEA 2000 DSC features weren’t yet ready for prime time, but I was quite impressed with how well it could bring in FM radio while also scanning one, two, or all VHF frequencies, muting the FM whenever squelch was broken. Congratulations, Lowrance!
And there were other winners with electronics in them. Delta T Systems won the “Interior Parts” category with a DryBoat dehumidifier that uses “thermotronic” ceramic technology that just might revolutionize all aspects of boat air management. In the “Safety” category, Aqualuma won with a cleverly engineered jet ski LED “brake light” that might help those dudes to avoid running into each other, and ACR got Honorable Mention for the iPro EPIRB discussed yesterday. Some nifty non-electronic boat gear won awards too—like the Wrino boat hook—as you can read about in the Awards press release. And, finally, the caption for today’s vision of Vegas: bemused and be-crocked judge finds solace in HIS presence…
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