DAME Awards handed out at METS


Jury chairman Bill Dixon presented the prestigious DAME Award 2013 at the start of the Marine Equipment and Trade Show in Amsterdam this morning to the vector fin stabilizer system from Sleipner Motor AS of Norway.

“Since inception, this competition has highlighted excellent examples of how a commonplace item of marine equipment can be reimagined and redesigned to improve its function and form,” the jury said in a statement. “In naming the vector fin stabilizer as DAME Award Winner, this tradition continues.”

Dixon said the jury was pleased with the quality of many of the entries this year and the effort that companies made to present their products in a clear and concise way.

“For all marine products today we need a leap forward to attract buyers,” Dixon said. “It’s not enough that a product does what it needs to do. It needs to look the part, as well. We commend all entrants that have shown clear evidence of employing design right [all] the way through the development and manufacturing process, from function to form.”

“The number of nominations this year is the highest for some time,” Dixon said. “This reflects the overall quality of the entry, which is undoubtedly improved on previous years. We also had a very close call to make between some of the category finalists before selecting a worthy DAME Award Winner.”

This year’s category winners are:

• Marine electronics and marine-related software

Glass Cockpit System by Volvo Penta, Sweden

• Interior equipment, furnishing, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins

Skysol Motion by Oceanair Marine, United Kingdom

• Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials

Boat trailer by Vanclaes, The Netherlands

• Deck equipment, sails and rigging

Clip-cleat by Nomen Products, Germany

• Clothing and crew accessories

boarding ring by Reading, France

• Lifesaving and safety equipment

Monolite by Fraser Optics, USA

• Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

vector fin stabilizers by Sleipner Motor, Norway

• Overall DAME 2013 winner

vector fin stabilizers by Sleipner Motor, Norway