DAME 2016 Award winners and special mentions

metsThe prestigious DAME Design Award competition, held during the METSTRADE Show, got to its silver jubilee edition, and honoured the best products of the year in the nautical industry, chosen among 67 international nominees. The jury selected seven Category Winners, one Overall Winner and 22 Special Mentions.

Overall DAME 2016 winner

Cruise FP models by Torqeedo GmbH
Category: Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings
Electric motors for sailboats: smaller, lighter and more economical than ever. / Pods are the most compact drive design. Torqeedo’s Cruise FP models are exceptionally small and lightweight. An 8 HP equivalent weighs a mere 15.8 kg. / Quiet, eco-friendly, recharging under sail, Cruise FPs offer high-tech convenience. / Throttle and UI designs are sleek and functional.

Category winners and special mentions DAME 2016

Marine electronics & marine related software
DX900+ MultiLog by Airmar Technology
Industry’s first Bluetooth®-enabled, multifunctional sensor Available outputs include: Dual axis, electromagnetic speed sensor, integrated water depth, fast response temperature sensor, and three-axis accelerometer all with no moving parts. In addition, the sensor measures and outputs leeway.
Special mentions: DRS4D-NXT by FURUNO; quatix 3 by Garmin; eTellTale by MER AGITEE; B&G Vulcan 9 by Navico; Ocean Scout TK Handheld Thermal Camera by Raymarine UK Ltd; Quantum Wireless CHIRP Marine Radar by Raymarine UK Ltd.

Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
JOLLY ROGER by B.C.M. Illuminazione
Reading lamp with adjustable magnetic reflector. Touch switch system in the base. Material: brass body available in different finshes – Installation by screws
Special mentions: PureWater+ by Forespar by Forespar Products Corp.; Brush & Stow by Oceanair Marine Ltd.; Nuance Eco Smart by Vision Systems.

Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Air® winch with performance optimization gear sets by Harken Inc.
Air® winches are 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. Designed for AC foiling cats, Air winch technology will soon debut in other pedestal-driven applications at the sport’s top levels.
Special mentions: Bowmaster SubPlough Deployment System by Manson Anchors; Light for Stanchion by Palagi Marine Lights S.r.l.; Waterproof USB Charge Socket by Scanstrut Ltd.; ROKK Mini by Scanstrut Ltd.

Lifesaving and safety equipment
Sea-Tags by Securitag SAS
Sea-Tags is a simple, affordable and reliable MOB Alarm system. With no installation required on board, simply connect the Sea-Tags to a smartphone by using the free app (iOS & Android). If a Sea-Tags is immerged, the signal is lost and the phone triggers an alarm and records its GPS position automatically. The App will display the boat position, heading and distance to recover the MOB.
Special mentions: GlowWormy by fender-design; Proline, new range of safety tethers by Wichard.

Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings
Cruise FP models by Torqeedo GmbH
Electric motors for sailboats: smaller, lighter and more economical than ever. / Pods are the most compact drive design. Torqeedo’s Cruise FP models are exceptionally small and lightweight. An 8 HP equivalent weighs a mere 15.8 kg. / Quiet, eco-friendly, recharging under sail, Cruise FPs offer high-tech convenience. / Throttle and UI designs are sleek and functional.
Special mentions: TrialsAPP by CJR Propulsion Ltd; Flexofold Composite propeller by Flexofold Sailboat Propellers; RADIAL gangway by GZ NAUTIC DIVISION; Vortex Centrifugal Reservoir by Lewmar Ltd; Joystick for inboard by Volvo Penta, AB.

Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials
Skin Fitting Installation Tools by TruDesign
These unique products allow installation of a skin fitting (thru-hull) to be carried out by one person, traditionally a task performed by two. Insert in the skin fitting and turn until it ‘clicks’. It can then be offered into the hull from the outside. Once inside the washer and nut can be fitted whilst stopping the skin fitting from turning. Once finished, they can be clicked out to be used again.
Special mentions: Automatic Boat Loader (ABL2500) by Balex Marine Ltd; myMarina by IRM Ltd.

Clothing and crew accessories
AVLARE(R) by Zhik Pty Ltd
Avlare(R) is a revolutionary fabric technology incorporated into a new range of Zhik performance water sports apparel. Avlare(R) is a lightweight high stretch fabric with extreme water repellency that prevents wetting-out during use. The fabric breathes yet cuts wind and water chill providing dynamic hot and cold protection whilst remaining 1/4 the weight of wet spandex.

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