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31.01.2014

Boating Product of the year 2014 competition

In association with the Helsinki Boat Show, the Boating Product of the Year competition, commissioned by the Finnish Marine Retailers' Association, has again been organised by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat ry.

According to the rules of the competition, every member enterprise of the Finnish Marine Retailers' Association can propose three new products to take part in the competition. From the proposed products, which are shown on the Association of Finnish Boating Journalists web page on the internet, the membership of the Journalists' association will vote for those products that qualify for participation in the final on a scale of 1-10 (i.e., 1= best product, 2= second best product, and so on). On the basis of the vote, the ten products to gain most votes will be placed on view at the Helsinki Boat Show in the main walkway of Hall 6 in the Exhibition Centre.

Visitors to the show will then vote for the best product from the ten final products on display. This vote will end at the conclusion of the show on Sunday 16.2.2014. The general public can vote for the products at the boat show itself or via Finnboat's website www.finnboat.fi .Voting begins at the on 7.2.
The product to receive most votes from the general public will be declared Boat Product of the Year 2014. The second and third placed products will receive honourable mention. The result of the vote by the general public will be announced on Wednesday 19.2.2014.

The Top-Ten finalists are (in random order):
LEHR propane-powered outboard engine, importer Oy Vestek Ab
PFE fire extinguisher, importer Oy Vestek Ab
Oceanvolt SD15 electric motor, manufacturer Oceanvolt Oy
Vaavud wind meter for smart phones, importer John Nurminen Marine Oy
Dragonfly echo sounder, importer Raymarine Oy
Wavesoft shock absorbers, importer Six-Cap Oy
SeaSmart odour remover, importer ProNav Oy
Boarding Ring anti-motion-sickness glasses, importer Oy Vestek Ab
Buster Plus service totality, producer Fiskars Boats
Fusion MS-RA205 marine stereo, importer John Nurminen Marine Oy.

The Finnish Marine Retailers' Association is a member association of the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat. Its member enterprises comprise importers of engines, equipment and components for boats.

The Association of Finnish Boating Journalists is an association for professional print- and photojournalists specialised in boating and marine-related issues. Founded in 1991, the association comprises more than 80 journalists throughout Finland.

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