17 - 18 - 19 November 2015

DAME - 25th anniversary in 2015!

The DAME (Design Award METS) - the most prestigious international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories - celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! Over the past 25 years, independently appointed judges examined thousands of products in specific marine categories. The DAME has come to set the pace for new concepts and designs in the worldwide leisure marine industry.

Overview DAME winners 1991 - 2014 »

Design Award METS

Entries from all over the world

DAME 2014 received 116 entries from 23 nations all around the World. The 45 nominations represent companies from 16 different countries. The Overall Winner and Category Winners were announced at the ICOMIA-METS Breakfast Briefing held in the Forum of Amsterdam RAI before the official opening of METS on Tuesday 18 November. The award presented to the Overall Winner has been designed by Naval Architect Tony Castro, former chairman of the DAME Jury, and reflects the international nature of the competition. Products that the jury considers to be exeptional, but which do not win the award in their category, may be given a special mention.

DAME Award Winner 2014 METS

DAME 2014 Overall Winner

The DAME Jury is always on the look out for clever design solutions that challenge the status quo to deliver obvious improvements for boat owners and builders. There were several examples this year but the standout winner was Jefa’s Steering Traveller.

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Jury report

DAME Jury report METS 2014

DAME Categories

The DAME Jury carefully assess entries for overall design, build quality, functionality, and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided into seven categories:

  • Marine electronics and related software
  • Interior equipment, furnishings, materials, and electrical fittings used in cabins
  • Marina equipment, boatyard equipment, and boat construction tools and materials
  • Deck equipment, sails and rigging
  • Clothing and crew accessories
  • Lifesaving and safety equipment
  • Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems, and fittings
More information about the DAME Charity »

About DAME

The Design Award METS (DAME) was initiated in 1991 to recognize the best designed product at the METS exhibition. Since then it has become the world’s leading annual design competition for the marine equipment and accessories industry. In 2007 the METS organization has decided together with the Exhibition Committee to support every other year a marine related government approved public charity that needs financial backing. With this initiative METS aims to show her involvement in the marine industry. In 2013 the DAME proceeds were offered to Sailability Foundation The Netherlands and Freedom Waters Foundation based in USA. All participants of the DAME Award are required to pay a fee of € 150 per registration. The collected registration fees will go to a selected charity. The total proceeds depend on the number of entries registered for the DAME competition every year, therefore no guarantees can be given.

Since 2005 Amsterdam RAI supports AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as DAME charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. The 2014 donations will contribute to sustainable water access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya. This project focuses on a reduction in the number of water-related diseases by improving access to safe drinking water for approximately 50,000 people.