Winners of the DAME Awards 2017

Posted: 14th November 2017 | Written by: Sigrid van der Wel

Dame overall winner

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.

MET2017 winner dame 1100x500Birgit Schnaase and overall winner of the DAME Award 2017 - Scanstrut for its RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit

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.”

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.

Category winners Dame 2017

This Year's Category Winners

MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE
SIMARINE NEREIDE Smart Marine Power Panel
Stand 05.263

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS
Besenzoni P400 Matrix
Stand 01.565, 10.708

MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS
Seabin
Stand 05.506

DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING
Scanstrut RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit 
Stand 03.510

CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES
Zhik Isotak X Extreme Ocean Sailing Apparel
Stand 07.382

LIFESAVING AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT
CrewWatcher submitted by Weems & Plath
Stand 01.121

MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS
Oceanvolt Servoprop
Stand 12.833

DAME 2017 winner
Scanstrut RS Venture Connect Conversion Kit 
Stand 03.510


Special mentions

MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE

C Designs DecklincGP
Stand 07.316

Digital Yacht Nomad Portable Class B AIS Transponder
Stand 01.434

FLIR M232 Marine Thermal Camera
submitted by Raymarine UK Ltd.
Stand 01.111

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS

B.C.M. Illuminazione Surf Plate R
Stand 11.203

MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS

3D|CORE XPS DELTA
Stand CMP.07

CarenEcolo mobile antifouling wastewater filtration system
Stand MYP.05.510

Tessilmare Bino-X RubRail
Stand 01.671

DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING

Ropeye U-Block
Stand 12.435

SNA Dodger & Cover Designs Bimini KanvasLight
Stand 05.448

Boatasy GHOOK submitted by SPINAKER d.o.o.
Stand 05.361

SUREFAS CAF-COMPO screw-stud
Stand 12.106

CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES

Blood Red INTEGRA
Stand 03.122

Ocean Rodeo Sports Ignite Drysuit
Stand 03.133

CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS
Stand 03.411

MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS

Jefa Electric Steering System
Stand 12.340

Kabola KB-Ecoline Hybrid
Stand 07.420

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