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2018 DAME Award goes to generator system

My annual trek to METS last week, the sprawling Marine Equipment Trade Show held in Amsterdam in mid-November, always recharges my batteries big time. As the time implies, it’s a business to business event. You can make the rounds of booths--or stands as they Europeans call them--hundreds of them, from dozens of countries and talk to electronics manufacturers, boat builders, accessory suppliers along with dealers, installers, integrators and a bunch of others tied to the marine industry in some fashion.

I’m always impressed with the range and creativity of the products tailored for the marine world, from new space-age materials used in boatbuilding to the latest in hybrid propulsion systems and, of course, electronics. Every year the DAME Award sorts through many of these new products and shines a bright light on what the judges consider to be the best in several categories. This year they poked and prodded 127 entries from 25 countries. Sixty-three products made it to the final round. Here are the winners, announced at a formal presentation on opening day of METS:

Overall winner

Chosen top dog overall was a fully integrated replacement generator system from Triskel Marine called Integrel. The company says it uses “spare” capacity from the existing inboard engine, generating up to 9 kW of electrical power without compromising engine performance. It says that by using your engine for both propulsion and power generation, both are delivered at optimum efficiency, resulting in fuel savings of up to 25%.

The judges liked Integrel’s ability to “improve the environmental footprint of leisure boating. Its simplicity of operation provides long periods of quiet ship operation and its potential to be further developed for a wide range of applications.” Integrel also won the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings category.


A nifty little device for sailors called Sail Sense took the Marine Electronics and Marine-Related Software category. It’s a small sensor that attaches to a sail and measures UV exposure, hours of use, g-force and sail cloth flogging. An app turns out analytical and performance data.

I must admit I was surprised by the win, considering the very strong competition. Finishing behind Sail Sense in the electronics category were Garmin's LiveScope fish finder sonar, which won both last year's NMEA Technology Award and ICAST's New Product Showcase, along with Raymarine's Axiom ClearCruise Augmented Reality system, which took top honors at IBEX in the OEM Electronics category. Other entries from Simrad (integrated information system), Garmin (Active Captain app), Fusion (Apollo stereo), Digital Yacht (Connect Pro and iAIS), Lawrence (HDS Live) and several others offered tough competition also. Next week we'll tell you more about the finalists.

Although they didn't make the winner's cut, Special Mentions in the electronics category went to some familiar names: Fusion Entertainment’s Apollo 770 marine stereo system, Garmin’s ActiveCaptain app, Lumishore’s Smart Lighting and Raymarine/FLIR’s Axiom ClearCuise Augmented Reality.

Other categories

Life Saving and Safety category: Shakespeare Marine Galaxy-INFL8.

Falling into the “why didn’t anyone think of this before category,” the device is an inflatable emergency VHF antenna that delivers 3 dB performance and a longer range compared to a VHF held by a survivor at water level.

Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials and Electrical Fittings Used in Cabins category: Vimar Electronic Switch 8in 7out 3M. The touch plate electronic switch has six configurable LEDs that use different colors to indicate function and replaceable graphics for various applications.

Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging category: Harken CLR Mooring Winch. The pop-up winch is flush to the deck when not in use.

Clothing and Crew Accessories category: Rooster Exofleece is a two-piece non-neoprene sailing wetsuit.

No winner was selected in the Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment and Boat Construction Tools and Materials category.

In following weeks The Mic will finish up the series we’ve run for a couple months—the Best & Brightest Boating Electronics lineup for 2018.











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