A record number of new marine products have won coveted DAME Awards for design at the world’s biggest marine trade show in Amsterdam this year.
A further 28 products from companies across the globe were named as category winners or highly commended.Chairman of the DAME Awards jury, yacht designer Bill Dixon, presented the overall winner’s award to Torqeedo for its Cruise FP range of electric saildrives.
Dixon said: “The fact that we have awarded category wins and special mentions to so many products this year illustrates the high quality and broad variety of entries from across the globe that were offered for consideration.
“In the marine industry we collectively need to make boating much more fun for the end user. To do that we need products that are interesting and make boating easier, exciting, enjoyable, comfortable and less stressful.
“This year’s DAME 2016 Awards provides great cause for believing we are heading in the right direction; our winner this year is a brilliant example of how true innovation, advances in technology and application of design will push boating ahead.”
You can read more about the DAME Awards winners in the January issue of Sailing Today, on sale at the end of November. Here is the full list:
Category: Marine electronics and marine related software
Airmar DX900+ multiLog
World’s first Bluetooth enabled smart transponder measuring speed, acceleration, depth and temperature digitally, and without any moving parts
Category: Interior equipment, furnishings, materials
Jolly Roger lights
Reading lamp with adjustable magnetic reflector. Touch switch system in the base.Brass body available in different finshes
Category: Marina and boat yard equipment
TruDesign skin fitting installation tools
Reusable key that allows installation of a skin fitting to be carried out by one person instead of two. Holds the fitting in place and stops it from turning during installation.
Category: Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Harken Air winch
Grand Prix winches with geometry and mechanical characteristics never before seen. Every Air winch has easily interchangeable gearing sets, giving teams the flexibility to configure the exact blend of speed and power—even on the water between races.
Category: Clothing and crew accessories
Performance sailing gear made from a lightweight high-stretch fabric with extreme water repellency that prevents wetting-out during use.
Category: Lifesaving and safety equipment
A simple, affordable and reliable MOB alarm system that works by ‘tethering’ the Sea-Tags to a smartphone wirelessly. If a Sea-Tag is immersed, the signal is lost and the phone triggers an alarm and records its GPS position automatically.