High tech and innovation were the order of the day as the Jefa steering traveler was declared the overall winner of the 2014 Design Award METS, presented this morning just before the official opening of the 27th Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at the Amsterdam RAI.
The Jefa steering traveler removes the need for bulky steering quadrants and improves rudder feedback at the helm for twin-rudder, twin-wheel sailing yachts.
Additional category winners included:
Category 1 – Marine Electronics And Related Software
Category winner: Glomex weBBoat 4G
Honourable Mentions: Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar, LCJ Capteurs BaroPlug
Category 2 – Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials, And Electrical Fittings Used In Cabins
Category winner: Kenyon International SiKen2 induction cooktop
Category 3 – Deck Equipment, Sails, And Rigging
Category winner: Seabung
Category 4 – Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment And Boat Construction Tools And Materials
Category winner: Jefa steering traveler
Honourable Mentions: DrSails, Prodex Elastomers Fenderlight
Category 5 – Clothing And Crew Accessories
Category 6 – Life Saving And Safety Equipment
Category winner: Exposure MOB search light
Category 7 – Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical And Electrical Systems And Fittings
Category winner: Pro Installer EZ Mount Battery Switches
Honourable mentions: AntiRoll B.V. AntiRoll, Fischer Panda GmbH Panda 150i PMS, Lehr Inc. Propane powered 15hp outboard, Makefast Ltd. Eaton sunroof system
Speaking about the decision to not award a winner in the Clothing and Crew Accessories category, Bill Dixon, Chair of the DAME Awards Jury said "there was an unusually low number of entrants this year for what can often be a strong category. After carefully considering the entry quality against other categories the Jury decided not to award a category winner this year. It hopes to see a good field of entries in 2015 from a sector that often drives design trends in the marine industry.'
More than 116 products were submitted for consideration in this year's DAME awards, by marine parts and accessories manufacturers in 23 different countries.
The 27th METS runs through November 20 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.