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Visitors to the Helsinki International Boat Show held at the Helsinki Fair Centre were instrumental in choosing Boating Product of the Year. According to votes cast by the visiting public, the most popular product was the McMURDO Fast Find 210 personal emergency beacon.

The ten finalists for Boating Product of the Year 2010 were selected by an independent panel of judges well respected in the field. The products were then put on display at the Vene 10 Båt exhibition venue for eight days, i.e. from 12 to 19 February. The winner was chosen on the basis of votes cast by visitors to the show.

The McMURDO Fast Find 210 personal emergency beacon was voted Boating Product of the Year 2010. On activation, the GPS beacon utilises the emergency COSPAS/SARSAT search-and-rescue satellite communications network. Enhanced personal safety on land, at sea, and in the air improves the rescuer's chances to locate the search target. Furuno Finland Oy is the importer. Of the 1126 votes cast, approximately one in every five respondents voted for the beacon.

Based on the vote, honourable mention was reserved for the NAVILIGHT LED reserve navigation light imported by Oy Maritim Ab and the DAN-FENDER dock fender, represented by Multimarine Oy.

The winner of the 2010 Boating Product of the Year award was chosen from among the following ten finalists:

NAVILIGHT LED reserve navigation light
Importer Oy Maritim Ab

ANTAL Low Friction ring
Importer: Marnela Oy

NO TOOL boat cover frame
Representative: Marnela Oy.

MESITEK Teak-Style decking solution
Manufacturer: Mesitek Oy

DAN-FENDER Dock Fender
Representative: Multimarine Oy

HENRI-LLOYD Blue Eco foul-weather clothing
Importer: Sail Tech J. Herrala Oy

HARKEN Radial winches
Representative: Sail Tech J. Herrala Oy

TALLON SYSTEMS mounting system
Representative: MarineMan Oy

MCMURDO Fast Find 210 personal emergency beacon
Importer: Furuno Finland Oy

GROCO SSA monitoring system for seawater circulation in engines
Representative: Oy Kaha Ab

A raffle was held among respondent voters with a Terhi Moomin boat as the prize. The boat, donated by Europe's largest smallcraft manufacturer Terhi Oy, was won by Leo Parkkonen from Helsinki.

For further information, please contact:

Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat, Managing Director Jouko Huju,
tel. +358 9 6962 1610,

Contact details for the winning products are as follows:

Furuno Finland Oy
Niittyrinne 7, PL 74
02271 Espoo
tel. +358 9 435 5670,

Oy Maritim Ab
Veneentekijäntie 1, PL 46
00211 Helsinki
tel. +358 207 65180,

Multimarine Oy
02920 Espoo
tel. +358 9 855 3880,