Every November, the marine industry gathers in Amsterdam for the huge Marine Equipment Trade Show to check out what’s new in gear, hardware, electronics and more. On the first day of the show, the winners of the DAME design awards are announced, and this year, the Torqeedo Cruise FP took home the Overall Winner prize.
The Overall Winner is recognized as an outstanding example of groundbreaking research and development. The jury praised the Torqeedo Cruise FP for “its beautiful engineering, close attention to design detail, integrated approach, compact dimensions and realistic market price. It creates exciting new opportunities for the interior of sailing yachts by removing the need for a traditional engine compartment.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be the overall winner of the DAME Design Award for the second time,” said Ballin, “and delighted to see the coming of age for electric mobility in the marine industry. We’re proud to be a driver in this business and thankful to be recognized for our approach.”
Other category winners include:
Airmar’s DX900+ MultiLog – a Bluetooth enabled multifunction sensor that can report speed, depth, temperature and more with no moving parts.
Harken AirWinch – Two-speed winches specifically designed for trimming the hard wing sail on AC48 boats. They feature a set of interchangeable gearing kits that give America’s Cup teams the flexibility to create the perfect blend of speed and power for each day’s weather and crew configuration.
Zhik Avlare – Zhik introduced a new fabric technology with Avlare. It’s a high-stretch fabric that repels water; is one-quarter the weight of wet spandex; is breathable, yet cuts wind chill; and keeps the wearer comfortable in both hot and cold conditions.
Sea-Tags – This MOB device is simple to use and affordable. Crew wear the Sea-Tags bracelet, and if an MOB situation occurs, the signal is lost and a connected smartphone (using the free app) sounds an alarm and records the GPS location automatically. The app will then display the boat position, heading and distance to recover the MOB.