The vector fin stabilizer system from Sleipner Motor AS of Norway won the 2013 DAME Award at Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) this morning (Nov. 19).
“Sleipner Motor has thought out of the box to produce a fin that better suits many of the modern hull forms to which stabilizers are becoming a standard fit,” Bill Dixon, chairman of the jury, said in a statement announcing the winner. “The elegant curved shape of the fin beneficially directs force to improve roll reduction and decrease the side effects of yaw and sway. It also increases the leverage arm around the vessel’s rolling point and minimises drag.
“This is an incredibly simple solution to improving the experience of boat owners and their guests,” Dixon said.
The 23rd annual Design Award METS competition also honored winners in these categories:
In the marine electronics and marine-related software category: Glass Cockpit System by Volvo Penta, Sweden
In the interior equipment, furnishing, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins category: Skysol Motion by Oceanair Marine, United Kingdom
In the marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials category: boat trailer by Vanclaes, The Netherlands
In the deck equipment, sails and rigging category: Clip-cleat by Nomen Products, Germany
In the clothing and crew accessories category: boarding ring by Reading, France
In the lifesaving and safety equipment category, Monolite by Fraser Optics, USA
In the machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings category, vector fin stabilizers by Sleipner Motor, Norway
The competition attracted 115 products from 12 countries.
METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It is organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations). The show’s target groups are yacht builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators and equipment manufacturers from around the world.