Simrad autopilot wins NMEA Award

November 21, 2006 15:13


The Simrad AP25 Series Virtual Feedback Autopilot has received the Best Autopilot award at the 2006 National Marine Electronics (NMEA) convention, held recently in Naples, Florida.

This latest recognition from the industry (NMEA Awards are voted on by non-manufacturing active members and NMEA-certified marine electronics technicians) continues Simrad's dominance of the autopilot category. In fact, Simrad has won every NMEA autopilot award given out by the organization. In addition to recognition for its AP25 Series, Simrad also received a Second Place Award in the broadly defined Marine Specialty Category, for its revolutionary new WR20 RemoteCommander. In addition to receiving widespread media coverage in North America and around the globe, the WR20 was honored with the prestigious 2006 NMMA Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.

Simrad also put on a successful, well attended SimNet seminar at the 2006 IBEX (International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference) show in Miami. Boat manufacturers, dealers and others in the marine industry came to learn about the advanced command and control capabilities of Simrad's NMEA 2000-based SimNet system.

Simrad, Inc.'s Tom Burke took the attendees through a detailed presentation explaining the benefits of SimNet, particularly how they can streamline and improve the boat building and rigging process today and in the future. Steve Spitzer, representing NMEA 2000, was also on hand.

"From their reaction, you could tell people were genuinely interested in how this technology could change the boating industry," said Tom Burke.  "They asked a lot of good questions, and stayed around after the seminar ended to ask even more questions and look at the functioning SimNet displays," Burke added.

The positive momentum built at Fort Lauderdale with the launch of the Glass Bridge GB60, and success with the NMEA awards and IBEX promises a very exciting and productive North American boat show season to come.

For further information contact:
Paul Comyns
Simrad Inc
Tel: +1 425-778-8821
Fax: +1 425-771-7211
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Saul Trewern
Saltwater Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244
Fax: +44 (0)1202 672221

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