Dometic Marine, based in Pompano Beach, Florida, announced that its Eskimo Cup has received the 2015 John "Walkabout' Sisson Innovation Award from the Independent Boat Builders Incorporated (IBBI). A new product for the 2015 boating season, the Eskimo Cup is a thermoelectric cup holder that keeps drinks cold.
The Sisson Innovation Award rewards suppliers for innovation. "Our members voted amongst several new products during our meeting earlier this month. We had great entries this year, but Dometic's Eskimo Cup really captured the innovative thinking that we look for to honour John Sisson,' said IBBI President, Tom Broy.
"When we developed the technology for the Eskimo Cup, we had a singular mission: To invent a cost-effective, easy-to-install device that would keep drinks cold without the need for ice or a cooler,' said Bill Liptak, Dometic Product Engineer and inventor of the Eskimo Cup. "Boaters can easily and affordably replace their standard four-inch cup holders with Eskimo Cups.'
Eskimo Cup's open-top thermoelectric cylinder can be swapped out with nearly any existing standard four-inch (102 mm) cup holder. It's large enough to fit a 20-ounce (591 ml) water or soda bottle, and also accommodates a standard-size beer or soda can. A specially angled bottom insert is designed to keep bottles or cans of any size in constant physical contact with the sidewall thermoelectric cooling element.
The Eskimo Cup is also designed for flush mounting into decks of various thicknesses. A polished marine-quality 316 stainless steel trim ring finishes the surface installation and is accented with two blue LED interior lights. The aluminum interior has a corrosion-resistant, non-stick surface for easier cleaning. A built-in drain is said to eliminate condensation, rain and water splashes.
Powered by the house battery, control of all the boat's Eskimo Cups can be managed with a single switch or set up with zone switching. Each unit includes a low-voltage cut off to avoid a dead battery, a high-voltage cut off to prevent damage to the unit, a high-heat cut off and an in-line fuse.
Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, employs approximately 6,000 and has a support network of company-owned offices located in 12 strategic regions across the globe. Its product lines are further supported by factory-authorized distributors, dealers and service engineers, offering a global presence in over 100 countries worldwide.