The Pittman Award, named after Freeman K. Pittman, SAIL’s long-time technical editor who passed away in 1996, recognizes outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that remains forever fresh in its thinking.
The team of judges consisted of some of the biggest names in the sailing and boating industry: SAIL executive editor Adam Cort, cruising editor Charles J. Doane, veteran naval architect and SAIL's long-time technical editor Jay Paris, SAIL's electronics editor and Panbo website owner Ben Ellison, and editor-at-large David Schmidt. They attended many boat shows, both in the United States and abroad, to uncover the best of the best in the realm of sailing gear.
Quatix is a marine watch for boaters of all types, providing the most desireable features into one device. Boaters can receive tidal information, COG (course over ground), SOG (speed over ground), and VMG (velocity made good), along with alerts for speed and anchor drag. Quatix also provides barometric information, altitude and a 3-axis compass. It can serve as a back-up GPS navigator and, when paired with a Garmin autopilot, allows you to steer the boat from your wrist.
For more information about quatix or any of the 2014 Pittman Innovation Award winners, pick up this month's issue of SAIL magazine or visit their website.