The Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo GmbH of Germany won this year’s overall DAME award at METS in Amsterdam in November.
The engine is “an exceptional example of groundbreaking research and development, one which will bring great benefits to both the users and builders of marine craft,” the jury said in announcing its decision.
The engine is a combination of two established technologies: the large outboard engine and electric motor. The result is an integrated propulsion system that promises to provide a cleaner, quieter and more economical boating experience.
The 22nd annual Design Award METS competition, which attracted 115 products from 25 countries. Thirty-nine were nominated for honors. The six winners were:
In the marine equipment and related software category, SonarCharts by Navionics of Italy
In the interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins category, Nuance by Vision Systems of France
In the deck equipment, sails, and rigging category, T25 Organiser by Spinlock Ltd. of the United Kingdom
In the clothing and crew equipment category, Fibercon G2 & Elysse G2 by Chatham Marine of the UK
In the life saving and safety equipment category, InReach by DeLorme of the United States
In the machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings category, Deep Blue by Torqeedo GmbH of Germany
METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry.