The new 80 horsepower Deep Blue electric outboard by Torqeedo GmbH was named the overall winner of the 2012 Design Award METS (DAME) awards, presented early this morning prior to the official opening of the 25th METS in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The judging jury described the Torqeedo outboard as "an exceptional example of groundbreaking research and development – one which will bring great benefits to both the users and builders of marine craft. Through substantial financial investment Torqeedo have successfully combined two established yet distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor – for the first time. In doing so they have created a revolutionary integrated propulsion system that is striking in its styling and highly notable for its innovation.'
The judges also selected six category winners, including:
Marine Equipment And Related Software
SonarCharts by Navionics
Clothing and Crew Accessories
Fibercon G2 & Elysse G2 by Chatham Marine
Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials And Electrical Fittings Used In Cabins
Nuance by Vision Systems
Life Saving And Safety Equipment
InReach by DeLorme
Deck Equipment, Sails And Rigging
T25 Organiser by Spinlock Ltd.
Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical, Electrical Systems and Fittings
Deep Blue by Torqeedo GmbH
The 25th METS runs from today through Thursday at the Amsterdam RAI.