Sleipner Motor’s Vector fins stabilizers has been named overall winner of the DAME (Design Award METS). The Norwegian firm was praised by the jury for thinking outside the box and taking, in the words of chairman Bill Dixon, a “fairly mundane piece of engineering and looking at it in a new way.” The elegantly curved fin better suits many of the modern hull forms to which stabilizers are becoming a standard fit.

“It’s quite a beautiful piece of engineering that will sit under the water and most people won’t see,” added Dixon, who presented the award to the firm’s Ronny Skauen at the DAME Award ceremony held this morning.

It represents a significant coup for Sleipner with this being its first ever product entered into the DAME Awards. The Vector fins stabilizers, which was also named winner of the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings category, is a genuinely revolutionary product, according to Skauen, bringing the benefits of stabilization at speed to motoryachts from 50ft-70ft. “The fins work with boats traveling up to 40kts,” Skauen told IBI. “This product can help the boat industry – so many people drop out of boating because they feel uncomfortable on their €2m boat. People can now get the benefits of stabilization on say a 55-footer, they don’t have to buy a 70-footer and have crew they don’t want.”

Sleipner will have Vector fins for bigger boats and superyachts going forward, so watch this space.

This year the DAME jury inspected 115 entries from 12 countries – the highest number for some years. In total 52 products made the judging cut with winners finally announced in all seven categories along with nine special mentions.

Other category winners this year were Volvo Penta, which picked up the Marine electronics and marine related software award for its Glass Cockpit System, developed in conjunction with Garmin, bringing automotive style dashboard integration to the marine sector. Combining the convenience of a roller blind with the look and feel of a pleated blind, Oceanair Marine’s Skysol Motion was named winner of the Interior equipment, furnishing, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins category.

The bold, striking design of the VanClaes boat trailer won over the judges in the Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials category, for which it was named Winner, whilst the Deck equipment, sails and rigging category went to the elegantly styled Clip-cleat by Nomen Products in Germany.

The innovative Reading boarding ring was winner in the Clothing and crew accessoriescategory. Designed to alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, the glasses, though no fashion statement, were praised for their functional design helping to improve the comfort of crew at sea.

The functional, industrial design of Fraser Optics’ Monolite was also a hit with the jury, who nominated the Gyro-stabilized, submersible and shockproof binoculars as winner of the Lifesaving and safety equipment category.

Special mentions this year went to nine different companies: Garmin (Quatix watch), Raymarine (Evolution Autopilot), Vavuud (Wind meter), Gisatex (neckroll and pillow), Cooney Marine (15zero Davit), KJ Karver (Jammer), Trend Marine (Sargasso Opening Hull Window), Scanstrut (Lifedge iPhone case), PYI Inc/Seaview Progess (Max-Prop Whisper).