Gear and Goods from the 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)

This huge, annual trade show is the place to see what's new in the marine industry.

For three days every November, the marine industry gathers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to introduce new products, check out trends, and network with colleagues from around the world. This year the event attracted a record number of exhibitors (1,358) and visitors (21,086), and I was there to represent Cruising World. It was my first time attending, and I was blown away by the size (literally acres) of the show and the innovative ideas showcased by the exhibitors. Check out the photos for some of the products that caught my eye, and be on the lookout for more details about them in future issues of CW.

2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
An overview of the Italian and French pavilions at the 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam.
Digital Yacht AquaWear
Digital Yacht AquaWear
Now you can easily incorporate wireless, handheld devices with your navigation electronics. The Digital Yacht AquaWear WLN20 is a wireless NMEA gateway designed to connect your smartphone with on-board electronics fom any brand. And once you pop your device in the included wrist case, wearable navigation is a reality. It's interfaced using open NMEA standards and can support multiple phones, iPads, PCs or Macs. Users can choose from an ever-updated range of Digital Yacht or 3rd party apps for navigation, charting, instrument displays, AIS, racing and more.Jen Brett
SnowLizard SLXtreme case
SnowLizard SLXtreme case
Have a WiFi-only iPad? The new SnowLizard SLXtreme case goes beyond waterproof, rugged protection to embed Bad Elf's GPS+GLONASS receiver right inside the case, instantly adding worldwide location support to WiFi only iPad (Generation 4) - without an internet connection or monthly subscription.Jen Brett
Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar
Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar
If the thought of wiring in a radar intimidates you, or you just appreciate simplicity, check out the new Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar. All you do is mount the radome and connect it to a 12V power source. All the data is viewed on an iPad or iPhone.Jen Brett
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
The massive 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) spanned 11 halls at the Amsterdam RAI convention center.Jen Brett
Standard Horizon HX870 handheld VHF
Standard Horizon HX870 handheld VHF
It floats, it has GPS, Digital Selective Calling (DSC), an emergency strobe light and is waterproof to IPX8 standards. The new Standard Horizon HX870 handheld VHF has it all, and is surprisingly lightweight to boot. (Click on the link for better photos!)Jen Brett
Secumar Lifejackets
Secumar Lifejackets
Lots of cool kids lifejackets spotted around the show, like these from German company Secumar. The Secumar Mini (red one) is the smallest inflatable lifejacket on the market.Jen Brett
Spinlock Cento Junior lifejacket
Spinlock Cento Junior lifejacket
Made just for junior sailors, the Spinock Deckvest Cento is lightweight and comfortable.Jen Brett
METS Innovation Lab
METS Innovation Lab
Every day, the METS Innovation Lab stage hosted seminars, workshops, debates and presentations.Jen Brett
METS DAME Winners
METS DAME Winners
Near the Innovation Lab was also a place to learn about the winners of the prestigious DAME Awards. Read more about the awards here.Jen Brett
METS Material Xperience
METS Material Xperience
The METS Material Xperience was the place to check out cool materials that you just might see incorporated into new yachts tomorrow. From exotic woods to a leather made out of fish skin and 3D printed materials, there were definitely some cool ideas showcased here.Jen Brett
Glomex WeBoat 4G
Glomex WeBoat 4G
The Glomex WeBoat 4G coastal internet antenna system provides internet access up to 10 miles from shore with a powerful WiFi antenna as well as 4G cellular capabilities for when WiFi signal is weak.Jen Brett
DrSails Epoxy
DrSails Epoxy
Dr Sails is a 2-part epoxy emergency adhesive that can bond to fiberglass, carbon, metal, wood and neoprene wet or even underwater. The flexible adhesive can even bond sailcloth.Jen Brett
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
Jen Brett
Glide Free Folis
Glide Free Folis
The Glide Free Foils kit is designed to turn average dinghy sailboats (like Lasers) into foiling sailboats. Cool!Jen Brett
Crewsaver lifejackets
Crewsaver lifejackets
Crewsaver has just launched a new, complete line of lifejackets for the leisure market that focus on comfort, style and performance.Jen Brett
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
That's one way to wear foulies!Jen Brett
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
Yup - It's a big show!Jen Brett
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
Jen Brett
Evening rush hour, Amsterdam style
Evening rush hour, Amsterdam style
There's nothing like hopping on a bike at the end of the day and experiencing evening rush hour, Amsterdam style.Jen Brett