16 November 2023
Jury Chair Andre Hoek presented the world-renowned DAME Award 2023 to the Oceanvolt HighPower ServoProp 25 at the commencement of the METSTRADE, 15 November.
Nine products took wins in eight brand new categories for this year, while 14 more received Special Mentions. The jury also named a recipient for its discretionary Environmental Design Award.
There were several strong electric propulsion solutions nominated this year. Among them the Jury selected the outstanding HighPower ServoProp 25 from Finnish electric inboard pioneer Oceanvolt to win the Propulsion & Dynamics category.
In a closely run final round this product then claimed the overall DAME 2023 Award against other excellent category winners.
The jury commended this 25kW electric saildrive as an excellently conceived and engineered product that tangibly moves the goalposts for 45- to 70-foot sailboats by providing a reliable and extremely quiet option for electrification.
Oceanvolt’s use of its controllable pitch propeller technology ensures maximum efficiency for propulsion and hydrogeneration, with the system able to return up 5 kW of power when the yacht is sailing at 10 knots. The jury also noted the careful thought had been given to installation and ease of servicing when long-distance sailing.
Commenting on the result, Chair of the Jury, Andre Hoek stated: “The jury would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s DAME Awards. The efforts of companies who offer their products for such detailed scrutiny are always appreciated, and we are always mindful of the time, resources and passion required to bring each product to market.
“This year we shortlisted 53 out of 100 entries, the highest ratio of nominees since 2016. That is indicative of the quality we saw across a healthy mix of genuinely new concepts as well as fresh design ideas for existing gear that has been with us for many years.
“As the DAME Awards reminds us annually, applying all facets of good design practice will benefit any product, large or small, simple or intricate. All nominees are to be congratulated for meeting the initial threshold for final judgement and entry at our excellent DAME showcase in hall 13 and on the new DAME Awards website.
“There were noticeably more entries this year supporting the boat electrification agenda, but it must not be forgotten that the drive towards net zero must influence all new products in the industry today. Improving the lifecycle impacts of marine equipment is imperative for any design process. The environmental statements we request for each entry give reason to believe the industry is moving in that direction while also highlighting there is much more to do.
“The DAME’s new categorisation structure for this year helped the jury to focus on the intended end purpose of all products. It also balanced the entry field more evenly, resulting in us being able to name worthy winners for all categories.
“Several were in close contention for the overall award, but our eventual choice was unanimous. Our 2023 DAME Award winner shifts the market in its sector and expands the potential for its technology through excellent design and manufacturing execution.”
Each year the organisers of the METSTRADE Show donate the combined registration fees for the DAME Design Award to selected charities as a way of giving back to society.
For 2023 the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee selected The Magenta Project, a passionate collective working towards greater equity and inclusion in sailing, with a focus on gender.
The names of all the winners and shortlisted entrants are shown below. Please visit the DAME website to see the full Jury Report with information on the winning entries and insights on why they won.
Oceanvolt HighPower ServoProp 25 (Stand 01.682)
Zhik Seaboot 700 presented by Plastimo (Stand 05.241/05.141)
Scanstrut ATMOS 12V Waterproof Built-In Air Station (Stand 03.502/03.510)
Raymarine Alpha Performance Display System (Stand 01.111)
Vimar Linea XT platform (Stand 10.306)
Oceanvolt HighPower ServoProp 25 (Stand 01.682)
Ronstan Orbit Winch (Stand 03.131)
Harken Push/Pull Captive Reel Winch (Stand 12.512/12.520)
Hall Spars – LiMit Collar (Stand 01.112)
Spot Zero Mobile Pro Mini Water Purifier (Stand 03.130)
Marservis EcoCube (Stand 07.312)
Mustang Survival Atlas 190 Pro Sensor Life Jacket (Stand 01.710)
WesCom Group sMRT ALERT DSC AIS MOB (Stand 3.321)
Blue-Airco DC variable speed self-contained unit (Stand 07.414)
Solvit3D MAKRA FLADE – Marine (Stand 07.433)
Hansa Noord MEMBRALOOP flexible water filter (Stand 07.311)
Garmin GPSMAP 9000 Series (Stand 01.101/01.103/ 01.200)
Gussi Italia MURANO (Stand 01.241)
EPTechnologies Solid State Battery (Stand 03.331)
TEMO – TEMO 1000 (Stand 05.457)
Rigging Projects X Car (Stand 01.540)
Goiot Systems Magic deck hatches (Stand 5.454)
Cyclops Marine smartbatten system (Stand 03.211)
Swiss Ocean Tech AnchorGuardian
Digital Yacht CO Alert
This year’s DAME Jury is made up of eight leading industry experts:
The DAME Jury is supported by a non-voting secretary, Kim Hollamby of Hollamby Partnership, UK.
The DAME Design Awards celebrates everything that is important about marine equipment design, from aesthetics to functionality, integration to packaging and price efficiency to lifecycle management.
It offers opportunities for all METSTRADE Show exhibitors from around the world to submit their latest products and have them judged by experts spanning all areas of design. Because of this wider focus, the DAME encourages the whole marine industry to continuously improve its design efforts, to the last detail.
Entrants are not just judged against their global peers, but the DAME Jury recognises improvements from year to year within individual companies too.
The DAME Design Awards continue to perform a vital function within the marine industry in stimulating design progression across all disciplines and product types. Great end-to-end design is vital to improve manufacturing efficiency and product reliability. It plays a developing role in environmental responsibility. It also recognises that the marine industry must match the high customer expectations set by products in other sectors like automotive and consumer electronics.
The DAME Awards 2023 featured eight categories that were all completely new for this year, with a revised focus on a product’s purpose and application to assist judging.
METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition for equipment, materials and systems for the global leisure marine industry. Organised by RAI Amsterdam in cooperation with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), METSTRADE’s target audience includes yacht builders, naval architects, refit yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina owners and marine equipment manufacturers worldwide.
The 35th edition of METSTRADE is running from 15 to 17 November 2023 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.