METS 2013 started with the announcement of this year’s DAME Category Winners and the Overall Winner.
Bill Dixon, Chairman of the Jury of the DAME, presented the Award to this year's Overall Winner of the prestigious prize, Sleipner Motor AS for their innovative vector fin stabiliser.
Overall Winner : Sleipner Motor for the vector fin stabilizers
(ALSO WINNER IN THE CATEGORY MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS)
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. In naming the vector fin stabilizers as DAME Award Winner this tradition continues.
Sleipner Motor has thought out of the box to produce a fin that better suits many of the modern hull forms to which stabilisers are becoming a standard fit.
The elegant curved shape of the fin beneficially directs force to improve roll reduction and decrease the side effects of yaw and sway. It also increases the leverage arm around the vessel’s rolling point and minimizes drag.
This is an incredibly simple solution to improving the experience of boat owners and their guests. The Jury also noted the slim line form of the vector fin’s SPS55 actuator, a welcome design feature that will assist designers and boat builders.