By Craig Ritchie
High tech and innovation were the order of the day as the Torqeedo FP series of electric motors was declared the overall winner of the 2016 Design Award METS, presented this morning just before the official opening of the 29th Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at the Amsterdam RAI.
Designed for sailboats, the Torqeedo FP series was lauded as the smallest, lightest and most economical sailboat propulsion system to date, with an 8 horsepower-equivalent motor weighing less than 35 pounds. The quiet, eco-friendly design recharges under sail, offering economical convenience.
Additional category winners included:
• Category 1 – Marine Electronics And Related Software
Category winner: Airmar technology, DX900+ MultiLog
• Category 2 – Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials, And Electrical Fittings Used In Cabins
Category winner: BCM Illuminazion, Jolly Roger
• Category 3 – Deck Equipment, Sails, And Rigging
Category winner: Harken Air winch with performance optimization gear sets
• Category 4 – Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment And Boat Construction Tools And Materials
Category winner: TruDesign Skin Fitting Installation Tools
• Category 5 – Clothing And Crew Accessories
Category winner: Zhit Pty Avlare
• Category 6 – Life Saving And Safety Equipment
Category winner: Securitag SAS
• Category 7 – Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical And Electrical Systems And Fittings
Category winner: Torqeedo FP series
A total of 117 entries from manufacturers in 26 different countries were submitted into the 2016 DAME awards, with 67 of them making it to the final rounds of judging, known as the Nominated list. The 67 products nominated this year represents 57 percent of the total field, which is believed to be the highest success rate recorded by DAME Award since the origins of the competition 26 years ago.
“The fact that we nominated so many products this year illustrates the high quality of the items that were presented to us,” said Bill Dixon, DAME award jury chair. “It was also very encouraging to see a wide variety of entries, even within individual categories, submitted by the smallest firms to the largest marine businesses from right across the globe.”
The 29th METS runs through November 17 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.