Every year since 1996, the Pittman Innovation awards, sponsored by SAIL magazine, recognize outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that remains forever fresh in its thinking. It's quite often difficult for judges to choose between outstanding innovation during the year, and 2013 was one of the hardest.
B&G’s SailSteer and SailTime won after judges found it difficult this year
In a field packed with more innovative products than they’ve seen for a while, SAIL’s judging panel had to think long and hard before awarding the overall prize to B&G’s Sailsteer and Sailtime software.
In the end, though, it was unanimous. 'The sailing features are much more relevant,' said judge Tom Burden, comparing the new software to the power-oriented products found in other MFDs.
Others agree, with comments such as, 'It would make me think a little harder about how well I was sailing my boat,' and, 'This was my favorite product. I think it would definitely enhance the sailing skills of many of our readers.'
About SailSteer and SailTime:
B&G's Zeus Touch chartplotters and radars have achieved a new level of sailor friendliness with the addition of the company’s SailSteer and SailTime software. The former is a unique screen graphic that usefully combines more data elements than have ever before been seen on even a modern color instrument display.
These include heading and COG (course over ground), set and drift, current and opposite-tack laylines, and recent wind-shift history. The latter is a set of algorithms that compute values like DTW (distance to waypoint) and ETA based on real-time layline data rather than the straight courses a powerboat might drive.
B&G has also significantly increased data available to third-party racing and cruising apps via its GoFree WiFi accessory (as have siblings Simrad and Lowrance).
In 2014 the Zeus sailing features will migrate to a new H5000 autopilot system, which includes a 5-inch graphic display that shows SailSteer and can be integrated with the new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Zeus 2 multi-touch chartplotters.
Overall Winner Judges:
Nigel Calder (systems expert and author), Tom Burden (author of the West Marine 'advisor' series of articles), Peter Nielsen (Editor, SAIL magazine)
Startng price is around $1,600. For more information or to find out where is your closest outlet, go to: bandg.com