Garmin and Navico tied for their electric motors

Garmin and Lowrance engines tied for the DAME Award

The jury of the DAME Award failed to decide between the Force electric motors of Garmin and Ghost of Lowrance - Navico. Their joint distinction highlights the technological development of alternative drives and positioning systems.

The electric motor in the spotlight of the DAME Award

Electric motors dominated the propulsion category of the DAME Award, the METS Trade innovation prize. However, the jury did not wish to separate the products presented by two heavy goods vehicles from the nautical industry: Garmin and Navico. Their Ghost and Force electric motors were awarded a DAME Award ex-aequo. While they perform the same main propulsion and dynamic positioning functions for softwater fishermen, they differ in some respects.

Garmin Force: An electric motor connected

The Garmin Force electric motor, with brushless technology, is available in 24V or 36V DC, with a maximum thrust of 100 lbs. All equipment and accessories (pedal, depth sounder, etc.) communicate wirelessly with the motor, which is only connected to the power supply. The remote control, very neat, makes the use of the Garmin Force quite simple. A detailed presentation is available on .

Lowrance Ghost: A robust and powerful engine

Lowrance's Ghost electric motor, also in brushless, 24V or 36V, has a maximum thrust of 120 pounds. More massive in appearance, it has a robust base plate. Its adjustable foot pedal controls the motor via an electronic wired connection. It is compatible with Navico brand products, whose electronics are widely used in freshwater fishing and can be connected to Lowrance displays in NMEA 2000. A detailed presentation is available on .