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Finalists named for METS design awards

Forty-five products were nominated for final judging in the Design Award METS 2014 competition.

The products were selected from among 116 entries from 23 countries.

The DAME jury will eventually choose as many as seven category winners and one overall winner, and the winners will be announced during the breakfast briefing on the opening day of the Nov. 18-20 Marine Equipment Trade Show at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center.

DAME awards jury chairman Bill Dixon said it is commendable to see so much product development at a time when the industry has gone through a long period of constrained budgets.

“Developing new, well designed and innovative products is very difficult for relatively low manufacturing volumes,” he said in a statement. “Nevertheless, many of the companies that we recognized in this year’s nominations have looked at a problem, found a new and interesting way to solve it and came up with a confident solution. Others have discovered ways of making the boatbuilder’s life easier though better integration and ease of installation."

"There’s a growing challenge from consumer expectation,” he added. “Today’s boat owners are familiar with intuitive user interfaces on smartphones and tablets. When they get on their boats and superyachts they do not want to be confused by something a lot more complicated. Simple, elegant design with cohesive integration is the future and this is the challenge that the DAME Awards will continue to address by highlighting the endeavors of the best entrants."

The jury assesses entries for overall design, build quality, functionality and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided into seven categories:

• Marine electronics and related software

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

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

• Deck equipment, sails and rigging

• Clothing and crew accessories

•Lifesaving and safety equipment

• Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

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