Dame award winners

Andre Hoek, Chair of the DAME Jury, festively presented the 30th anniversary DAME Award 2021 at the commencement of the METSTRADE show this morning to the Volvo Penta Assisted Docking System. A further five products were named as Category Winners and 15 received Special Mentions.

DAME Award 2021 Winner

Volvo Penta Assisted Docking

Company: AB Volvo Penta

Category:
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

Jury Comment: ...Volvo Penta has maximised the advantage it has of being able to independently vector thrust from its proven IPS (Inboard Performance System) drives. The Assisted Docking system digitally controls that ability using an Electronic Vessel Control system and integrated Dynamic Position System to provide hitherto unknown levels of fine manoeuvring ability. The system is easily operated via a joystick controller, even by a novice user of a motor yacht. A Glass Cockpit System assists situational awareness. If the person at the helm needs more time to think, they can take their hand off the joystick and the boat holds its precise position until the control is touched again.

DAME Award Category Winners 2021

ResQLink View RLS Personal Locator Beacon

Company: ACR Electronics
Category: Lifesaving and safety equipment
Jury Comment: The Jury viewed two personal locator beacons this year incorporating Galileo’s new GNSS Return Link alerting technology to provide an indication of distress receipt and rescue action. It was ACR’s integration of this technology into its very well designed ResQLink View RLS Personal Locator Beacon that was judged best. This unit is compact yet usable in extremis, very cohesive and confidence inspiring. The concept of providing hope to a cold shocked person in the water via a message on the ACR’s screen could just be the difference between life and death, so kudos to Galileo also.

Volvo Penta Assisted Docking

Company: AB Volvo Penta

Category:
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

Jury Comment: ...Volvo Penta has maximised the advantage it has of being able to independently vector thrust from its proven IPS (Inboard Performance System) drives. The Assisted Docking system digitally controls that ability using an Electronic Vessel Control system and integrated Dynamic Position System to provide hitherto unknown levels of fine manoeuvring ability. The system is easily operated via a joystick controller, even by a novice user of a motor yacht. A Glass Cockpit System assists situational awareness. If the person at the helm needs more time to think, they can take their hand off the joystick and the boat holds its precise position until the control is touched again.

MLI Ultra 1250 (Mastervolt Lithium Ion Ultra 1250)

Company: Advanced Systems Group EMEA B.V.
Category: Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

Jury Comment: Mastervolt’s MLI Ultra 1250 lays a significant marker in terms of where battery technology is headed. This compact lithiumion battery is considerably smaller and lighter compared to equivalent conventional cells, neatly packaged in the manufacturer’s house style, nominally rated at 100Ah and available in 12V and 24V versions. It incorporates a Battery Management System, heat pad for cold weather operation and IP65 rating, as well as MasterBus, CZone and NMEA2000 compatible communication. An integrated battery switch automatically disconnects cells if issues arise with temperature, charge current and other factors.

Voyager TX Series

Company: Dometic
Category: Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
Stand: 01.171, 01.271

Jury Comment: Services equipment tucked behind panelling is often completely forgotten, but comfort afloat can be massively affected by how well it works. The Voyager TX variable capacity air conditioner is clearly the result of a lot of design input, from its neat housing, engineering and form factor matching older equipment for easy upgrade, through to energy efficiency. A night-time ‘Quiet Mode’ feature keeps the unit on constant tick over to maintain temperature, avoiding annoying on-off cycling.

Surround View Camera System

Company: Garmin Europe Ltd.
Category: Marine electronics & marine related software
Stand: 01.101, 01.103, 01.200

Jury Comment: There were several very strong candidates in this category. After robust discussion the Jury ultimately agreed that Garmin’s Surround View Camera System should take top honours. It utilises an array of six cameras to generate a composite aerial image of the area immediately around a boat and offers augmented reality features such as on-screen distance markers and virtual bumpers to assist. Traditional boat owners will rightly recognise this as new, whereas new entrants to boating stepping out of their birds-eye camera equipped cars will probably expect it as standard!

JOY The Self Tailing Cleat

Company: Bonomi srl
Category: Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Stand: 05.108

Jury Comment: Few enjoy the chore of heaving on a mooring warp; many have reasons why that level of physical effort is not possible. The JOY started life as a prototype to take the work out of Med mooring a 32-tonne sailing yacht. This cleat neatly incorporates a self-tailing warping drum. The Jury was immediately drawn to its clever function, pleasing form, and potential to enable people to handle heavier boats with less effort. The JOY is available in 100kg and 300kg capacities, with 12V and 24V versions.

DAME Special Mentions 2021

2 Litre AVD Fire Extinguisher

Company: Sea-Fire Europe Ltd.
Category: Lifesaving and safety equipment
Stand: 02.109

Jury Comment: Easy to overlook, until you realise this extinguisher contains AVD (Aqueous Vermiculite Dispersion) agent, to tackle the thermal runaway of lithium battery fires and hence increasingly essential onboard electric and hybrid boats.

MorGreen Evohide Mistral FRee

Company: Morbern
Category: Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
Stand: 02.525

Jury Comment: Demand for vegan leather substitute materials is growing and this example was appreciated by the Jury for its texture, colour palette and technical specs. Made from 75% sustainable materials and fire resistant without chemical additives.

7.6L V12 600hp Verado

Company: Mercury Marine represented by Brunswick Marine in
Category: Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

Jury Comment: The 600hp Verado is a tour de force of engineering, with a fixed V12 naturally aspirated petrol powerhead driving a steerable leg with contra-rotating propeller. An astonishing and brilliantly designed response to the market swing from inboard to outboard.

Ultrasonic Portable Mini

Company: CALYPSO MARINE INSTRUMENTS
Category: Marine electronics & marine related software

Jury Comment: A very neat 40 mm diameter fully portable instrument to measure true and apparent wind speed and direction. Data is displayed on your smartphone, Garmin watch or over a NMEA network.

RemigoOne - Integrated Electric Outboard

Company: Remigo d.o.o.
Category: Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings
Stand: 01.470

Jury Comment: This all-in-one electric outboard / rudder / battery is simple in concept, offering a height adjustable solution for small sailing craft where there is often only space for a rudder or auxiliary, but not both together.

EXOCET Gold - Flight Controler

Company: Pixel sur Mer
Category: Marine electronics & marine related software
Stand: 05.554

Jury Comment: A flight controller for foiling yachts that promises to bring big boat racing technology to the mainstream. The EXOCET automatically controls the yacht at a stable flight height, from take-off to landing.

IC-M94DE

Company: ICOM Inc.
Category: Marine electronics & marine related software
Stand: 01.151

Jury Comment: ICOM has a deserved reputation for creating well-designed radio equipment. This handheld VHF is up another level again. It incorporates DSC, AIS and an integrated GPS – a notable achievement in such a small but usable unit.

M65 Gravity Toilet Series

Company: Dometic
Category: Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
Stand: 01.171, 01.271

Jury Comment: The design concept of Dometic’s M65 Gravity Toilet is simplicity. Its all-in-one format incorporates a small holding tank and it operates with minimal components.

Cyclone Open Array Radar System

Company: Raymarine
Category: Marine electronics & marine related software
Stand: 01.111

Jury Comment: Visually stunning solid-state radar with a very low form factor. The highly capable Cyclone range demonstrates that you can beneficially reinvent an old norm in terms of aesthetics while substantially enhancing performance.

SLR196

Company: PLASTIMO
Category: Lifesaving and safety equipment

Jury Comment: The SLR196 ticks the most important box of any lifejacket – if it is comfortable to wear it is likely to get used. Features several good features including a rapid deflation mechanism to deal with entrapment.

KF Eco Concept

Company: Karver Systems
Category: Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Stand: 05.323

Jury Comment: A typically competent furler from Karver and the best of those seen in the Jury Room this year. The KF Bio Concept is enhanced using eco materials and lower impact components without any price or performance penalty.

Universal Chocks

Company: Rapid Marine Ltd
Category: Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Stand: 02.533

Jury Comment: Deck hardware to stow your tender or jet ski gets a complete makeover with these Universal Chocks. Chunky but easily stowed, nice on the eye and very usable.

Spinlock Waterproof Essentials Packs

Company: Spinlock Ltd.
Category: Clothing and crew accessories

Jury Comment: A well-designed response to the explosion in watersports featuring well-chosen fabrics and toggle mounting, Spinlock’s Waterproof Essentials Packs are designed to keep valuables safe when afloat.

Nemo Baby & Junior 150N Lifejacket Harness

Company: Spinlock Ltd.
Category: Lifesaving and safety equipment

Jury Comment: A welcome fresh look at lifejackets for the youngest crew aboard with high volume buoyancy and particular attention paid to the collar and the Nemo’s ability to turn an immersed child face-up without assistance.

RP Steering Hub

Company: Rigging Projects LTD
Category: Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Stand: 05.854

Jury Comment: Substantially but attractively engineered, the RP Steering Hub can be integrated in a steering pedestal and engaged between 1:1 or 1.33:1 ratios to reduce (or increase) effort when helming larger sailing yachts.