Yet another great Annual Conference, well attended and with a variety of presentations from electrical power supplies, the Internet and its future control from domestic devices, to complex marine electronics, insurance matters to B2B marketing, the use of hybrid power and propulsion for energy support vessels and the design of RNLI lifeboats to last 50 years!
John Adey, president of ABYC and at the last minute unable to fly over, had sent his presentation to be delivered by Paul Holland of Energy Solutions UK Ltd on John’s behalf. Andrew Webster of Mercator Media dealt with B2B marketing and was followed by Paul Sumpner of Digital Yacht who provided a fascinating look at the way the Internet is moving to provide amazing and intelligent remote control of products from domestic to high tech marine electronics.
Russ Coxon, Senior electrical & electronic engineer for the RNLI provided video demonstrations of the latest lifeboat designs fitted with complex flat screen displays to enable the total control of comms and machinery from any part of the craft.
David Melville and Chris Foyer of Fischer Panda discussed in detail the benefits of variable speed generators and the resultant high efficiencies. Andy Page of South Boats talked about the development of energy support vessels, their flexibility using hybrid power, He was followed by Mike Jeffrey of G J W Insurance with a light-hearted look at insurance for the maritime world.
> 'Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year' – sponsored by Raymarine
> 'BMEEA Dealer of the Year' – sponsored by Garmin Europe Ltd.
> 'BMEEA Product of the Year' – sponsored by Boating Business
The apprentice team competition was won by Ashley Cobb and Will Hicks, again from Sunseeker Interational Ltd, presented here by Nigel Vincent of Victron BV. The apprentices are studying at the Bournemouth & Poole College
Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year
The ‘Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year’ sponsored by Raymarine UK Ltd and presented by Derek Gilbert was won by Simon Ward of Selcraig Marine Ltd.
Dealer of the Year
Landau UK Ltd
For the second year, Landau UK Ltd won the ‘Dealer of the Year’ award received here by Chris Doran of Landau from Nick Meadow of Garmin Europe Ltd
Product of the Year
Yacht Surfer - YachtSonic on-board internet system
The ‘Product of the Year’, sponsored by Boating Business was presented by Peter Nash to Warren D’Souza of Yacht Surfer with their YachtSonic on-board internet system.