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For the third year of the competition, products were not separated into categories but were included in the same class. The judges chose a short list of ten products from all entries. The short-listed products are on display at the south entrance to Vene 07 Båt. The panel of judges were made up of one sailboat manufacturer, one motorboat manufacturer, a journalist from the largest magazine in the field, and a representative from the most important marine industry authority.

Recipient of the first prize, Boat Accessory of the Year

True Heading AIS-CTRX Class B AIS Transponder

The True Heading AIS-CTRX Transponder is a standard accessory for boaters who utilise electronic charts and GPS devices. The chart shows the movement and direction of vessels in the area. Similarly, ships and other vessels that utilise AISI-technology can see the movement of your boat. The AIS Transponder significantly improves safety for boats especially when moving on the high seas. This is important in the Gulf of Finland where an average of 300 ships are in transit during any 24-hour period. When travelling in the region of the Baltic sea, the device's significance in terms of safety only grows. The device can be connected to existing electronic navigation systems and enormously improve their usefulness as safety equipment.

Representative: Troil Marin Oy
Stand 5 F 7
For more information, please contact: Karl-Johan Rosenström (040-5714647)

Honorary Diploma

Lewmar One Touch winch handle

Lewmar's modified winch handle is proof of how a device that functions with great simplicity can be developed still further. This novel product is characterised by a high degree of practicality and style and has admirably succeeded in combining a simple structure with the concept of safety; one no longer needs both hands to crank the winch handle. To quote the old philosophy: "One hand for the vessel, the other hand for yourself."

Representative: Maritim Oy
Stand: 5 C 3
For further information, please contact: Sebastian Blechingberg (040-7050248)

Honorary Diploma

MagCode Power Connector

The 12-volt cigarette lighter power connector is probably the most universal power terminal and, parallel with the increase of numerous mobile electrical devices, has become common in boats. The MagCode connector is intended for similar applications, and yet more. It is a practical and truly dependable way to direct current especially in boats where jolting and corrosion are a constant bother.

Representative: Kaha Oy
Stand: 5 F 3
For further information, please contact: Jukka Kerminen (0400-498541)

Other products chosen to participate in the final (on show in the display cabinet at the south entrance):

1. Sigmar water heaters - Wihuri Oy Autola, stand 5 C 1
2. Facnor Gennaker furlers ­ Rymaco Oy, stand 5 A 17
3. Simrad Remote Commander ­ Maritim Oy, stand 5 C 3
4. Vetus bow thruster ­ Vator Oy, stand 5 D 18
5. Volvo Penta Power Trim ­ Volvo Penta Europe, stand 5 B 25
6. Geonav 5 Touring vehicle and boat navigator ­ Multimarine Oy, stand 4 D 13
7. Rutgerson Flush Hatch ­ Sailtech Oy, stand 5 A 17

For more information, please contact:

Managing director Jouko Huju (, +358-40-550 9310)
Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat ry
Käenkuja 8 A 47
00500 Helsinki
tel + 358-9-69621610
fax + 358-9-69621611