2017 DAME Design Award winners

AMSTERDAM – Yacht builders and designers are feted at black-tie events in swanky places. If not for METSTRADE, the people who make the stuff that goes into their boats _ smart engines, better anchors, brighter lights, hybrid power etc. _ would be unsung heroes forever.

Held every November in Amsterdam, the world’s largest marine industry show salutes marine products that stand out for their design, styling, functionality and innovation. The 2018 edition (Nov. 13-15) in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center will feature 3 dedicated pavilions (Superyachts, Marina & Yards and Construction Materials).

METSTRADE is open for 2018 Dame Design Award nominations and has named new 3 new jury members.

Joining the panel this year are Dutch designer Andre Hoek, US marine electronics specialist Ben Ellison and British naval architect and technical writer, Dave Marsh. They join Birgit Schnaase (Schnaase Interior Design), Arjen Jansen (Delft University of Technology), ICOMIA Technical Manager Patrick Hemp, Olivier Racoupeau (Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design), Davide Cipriani (Centrostile Design) and Yachting World Editor Elaine Bunting.

The 2017 winner, Britain’s Scanstrut, beat 122 entries from 22 countries with its Venture Connect Conversion Kit that adapts a sailing dinghy for disabled people.

Scanstrut CEO Tom Reed says winning the overall DAME Award “has further raised our company profile internationally. We are already seeing the commercial benefits of winning the award.” The kit includes a waterproof battery, a powered mainsheet winch and joystick control. A sip-puff headset option lets the user sail the boat via sipping and puffing on a mouth tube.

The 2017 METSTRADE at the RAI events complex in Amsterdam was the 30th edition that lured more than 1,530 exhibitors from 50 nations and some 25,000 visitors.