The winner of the prestigious DAME Award 2016 announced at METSTRADE on Tuesday morning is Torqeedo GmbH for its Cruise FP range of electric saildrives. A further 28 products were named as Category Winners or received Special Mentions.
The Cruise FP developed by electric propulsion pioneer Torqeedo offers performance and pricing equivalen to conventional internal combustion engine powered saildrives, making the adoption of ecological auxiliary power solutions a viable proposition for sailboats and inland watercraft.
The DAME Awards Jury of eight industry experts, chaired by Bill Dixon, comended Cruise FP for its beautiful engineering and design, integrated approach, compact dimensions and pricing. In line with this theme of this year's show, this product has real potential to promote green boating and impact the interior design of sailing yachts.
Bill Dixon said, “In the marine industry we collectively need to make boating much more fun for the end user. To do that we need products that are interesting and make boating easier, exciting, enjoyable, comfortable and less stressful. This year’s DAME 2016 Awards provides great cause for believing we are heading in the right direction; our winner this year is a brilliant example of how true innovation, advances in technology and application of design will push boating ahead.”
DAME Category Winners:
Airmar Technology DX900+ MultiLog
Marine electronics and marine related software - B.C.M Illuminazione srl JOLLY ROGER
Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins TruDesign Skin Fitting Installation Tools
Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials - Harken Inc. Air ® winch with performance optimization gear sets
Stand 12.227, 12.327
Deck equipment, sails and rigging - Zhik Pty Ltd. AVLARE ®
Clothing and crew accessories - Securitag SAS Sea-Tags
Lifesaving and safety equipment - Torqeedo Cruise FP models
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings
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The 26th DAME Design Award competition attracted 117 products from 26 countries. A total of 67 products were shortlisted for final consideration - ‘Nominated’ products are showcased on the DAME stand at METSTRADE. As well as one overall winner, there were seven category winners and 22 entries received a special mention.