ore than 400 members of the National Marine Electronics Association
(NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
(RTCM) gathered for four days at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm
Beach Gardens, FL, to attend the 2018 Marine Electronics Conference &
Expo. On the packed dual agenda at the event, held Sept. 25-28, were more
than two dozen technical, educational and training sessions in addition to a product expo
spread over two days.
Attendees had the choice of participating in both NMEA and RTCM sessions. Going on at
the same time all week were formal training courses, including basic and advanced Marine Electronics Installer and NMEA 2000 Installer, along with the four-day combined NMEA and ABYC
(American Boat & Yacht Council) certification program. The GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress
and Safety System) Task Force met in an open forum on Thursday afternoon. Taking over on
Days 3 and 4 were extended manufacturer-specific training sessions, 25 in all.
Eight new exhibitors displayed their products at the two-day exposition, bringing the total
number of participants to 48. Food and beverage receptions greeted all who attended. On
Thursday evening a nationally ranked comedian entertained the audience at the buffet banquet
before NMEA President & Executive Director Mark Reedenauer announced the winners of the
annual product awards.
bash packs the house
FOuR DAYS OF TECHNICAL/BuSINESS EDuCATION,
TRAINING, NEW PRODuCTS & NETWORKING