Oceanvolt’s HighPower ServoProp 25 has been awarded the DAME Award 2023.
Nine products took wins in eight new categories for this year, while 14 more received Special Mentions.
The jury also named a recipient for its new discretionary Environmental Design Award.
The jury commended Oceanvolt’s 25kW electric saildrive as an excellently conceived and engineered product that tangibly moves the goalposts for 45-70ft 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 5kW of power when the yacht is sailing at 10 knots.
The jury also noted that careful thought had been given to installation and ease of servicing when long-distance sailing.
“The jury would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s DAME Awards,” said
Chair of the Jury, Andre Hoek. “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.”
Andre added: “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 an 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.”
€14,250 raised by DAME entrants for worthy causes
Personal equipment: Zhik Seaboot 700 (presented by Plastimo)
Comfort and entertainment afloat: Scanstrut ATMOS 12V Waterproof Built In Air Station
Navigation & communication: Raymarine Alpha Performance Display System
Electronic and electric systems: Vimar Linea XT platform
Propulsion & dynamics: Oceanvolt HighPower ServoProp 25
Deck equipment: joint winners – Ronstan Orbit Winch, Harken Push/Pull Captive Reel Winch
Security & safety aboard: Hall Spars – LiMit Collar
Shoreside equipment & materials: Spot Zero Mobile Pro Mini Water Purifier
Environmental Design Award winner: Marservis EcoCube
Mustang Survival Atlas 190 Pro Sensor Life Jacket, WesCom Group sMRT ALERT DSC AIS MOB
Comfort & entertainment Afloat: Blue-Airco DC variable speed self-contained unit, Solvit3D MAKRA FLADE – Marine, Hansa Noord MEMBRALOOP flexible water filter
Navigation & communication: Garmin GPSMAP 9000 Series
Electronic & electric systems: Gussi Italia MURANO, EPTechnologies Solid State Battery
Propulsion & dynamics: TEMO – TEMO 1000
Deck equipment: Rigging Projects X Car, Goiot Systems Magic deck hatches, Cyclops Marine smartbatten system
Security and safety onboard: Swiss Ocean Tech AnchorGuardian, Digital Yacht CO Alert
Each year the organisers of the METSTRADE Show donate the combined registration fees for the DAME Design Award to selected charities.
For 2023 the METSTRADE exhibition committee selected The Magenta Project, a collective working towards greater equity and inclusion in sailing, with a focus on gender.