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Winners of DAME Awards 2017

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Birgit Schnaase, Chairwoman of the Jury, presented the prestigious DAME Award 2017 at the commencement of the METSTRADE show this morning to Scanstrut for its RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit. A further six products were named as Category Winners and 16 received Special Mentions.

The Scanstrut Venture Connect Conversion Kit retrospectively adapts an RS Venture, a dinghy designed for able-bodied sailors that is already in common use in many training and sailing centres. The plug and play kit includes a combined battery and control pack, a powered mainsheet winch, joystick control and sip-puff headset option. Fully self-contained, it enables a sailing instructor to convert the boat to one suitable for use by those with a wide range of disabilities, including paraplegia, in only 30 minutes.

The Jury praised Scanstrut for delivering a well-designed and fully integrated solution with attention to every detail that will allow a broader range of disabled people to get on the water and enjoy the same benefits as others.

Commenting on the result, Chairwoman of the Jury, Birgit Schnaase stated:

“I work a lot in the superyacht sector and saw good entries that apply there, but I was also pleased to see products with personal applications that you can touch, see, feel and understand. Our overall winner is a very good example of that.”

“The marine sector’s end users are changing – the younger generations often do not have their own boat and need highly accessible products; the industry’s wealthier customers have individual and often very different ideas of what they demand of a boat and its equipment. We also need to be much more aware of the need to address diversity. We saw welcome evidence that products are being developed to address these market changes.”

“Our strong team of new and existing Jury members are highly qualified across many disciplines, including interior, engineering, systems and industrial design and naval architecture, as well as user application. They each saw entries this year of particular interest in their own fields and applied their own considerable knowledge and experience to the debate. There were many detailed discussions throughout our time together about the products themselves and the effect they will have within the marine industry in future days.”

This year’s Category winners

  • MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE
    SIMARINE NEREIDE Smart Marine Power Panel
  • INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS
    Besenzoni P400 Matrix
  • MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS
    Seabin
  • DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING
    Scanstrut RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit
  • CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES
    Zhik Isotak X Extreme Ocean Sailing Apparel
  • LIFESAVING AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT
    CrewWatcher submitted by Weems & Plath
  • MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS
    Oceanvolt Servoprop
  • DAME 2017 winner
    Scanstrut RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit

Special mentions

  • MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE
    C Designs DecklincGP
  • Digital Yacht Nomad Portable Class B AIS Transponder
  • FLIR M232 Marine Thermal Camera
    submitted by Raymarine UK Ltd.
  • INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS
    B.C.M. Illuminazione Surf Plate R
  • MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS
    3D|CORE XPS DELTA
  • CarenEcolo mobile antifouling wastewater filtration system
  • Tessilmare Bino-X RubRail
  • DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING
    Ropeye U-Block
  • SNA Dodger & Cover Designs Bimini KanvasLight
  • Boatasy GHOOK submitted by SPINAKER d.o.o.
  • SUREFAS CAF-COMPO screw-stud
  • CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES
    Blood Red INTEGRA
  • Ocean Rodeo Sports Ignite Drysuit
  • CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES
    McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS
  • MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS
    Jefa Electric Steering System
  • Kabola KB-Ecoline Hybrid

The 27th Design Award METSTRADE competition attracted 122 products from 22 countries. A total of 64 products were shortlisted for final consideration. These are the ‘Nominated’ products that now appear on the DAME stand at METSTRADE. The Jury selected Overall DAME Winners, together with seven outright Category Winners; a total of 16 further entries were commended with Special Mentions.

The globally significant DAME Awards is unique in its aim and ability to promote everything that is important about marine equipment design. It continues to see new and exciting product developments for the Jury to examine, reflecting the progress of METSTRADE exhibitors as they continue to push boundaries and work to match the ever-increasing expectations of the marine industry’s customers and its supply chain.

In making its judgements, the DAME Jury seeks to emphasise the importance of design for all marine products, from aesthetics to functionality, integration to packaging and price efficiency to lifecycle management. It also considers the expected impact of entries on the marine industry, their suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, cost, ease of use or installation and environmental impact.



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METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It is organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations). The show’s target groups are yacht builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators and equipment manufacturers from around the world.
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