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METS 2017: Scanstrut wins highest DAME Design Award

Birgit Schnaase, chairwoman of the DAME jury, is shown with Tom Reed of Scanstrut, which received the DAME Design Award 2017 today at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam.

Birgit Schnaase, chairwoman of the DAME jury, is shown with Tom Reed of Scanstrut, which received the DAME Design Award 2017 today at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam.

Scanstrut received the 2017 DAME Design Award today for its RS Venture Conversion Kit at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam.

Organizers said six other products were named category winners and 16 received special mentions. The competition attracted 122 products from 22 countries. A total of 64 products were short-listed for final consideration.

The Scanstrut kit retrospectively adapts an RS Venture, a dinghy designed for able-bodied sailors that is in common use in many training and sailing centers. 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 people with a range of disabilities, including paraplegia, in only 30 minutes.

Sanstrut’s kit also was the winner in the Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging category.

The DAME 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.

“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,” Birgit Schnaase, chairwoman of the DAME jury, said in a statement. “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,” Schnaase added. “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.”

The other DAME category award winners were:

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

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

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