Sleipner Motor wins DAME 2013
DAME WINNER: The vector fin stabiliser system from Sleipner Motor AS of Norway took this year’s top DAME Award at METS.
In its comments the Jury said: “since inception this competition has highlighted excellent examples of how a commonplace item of marine equipment can be re-imagined and redesigned to improve its function and form.
In naming the vector fin stabiliser as this year’s DAME Award Winner, this tradition continues.”
“Sleipner Motor has thought out of the box to produce a fin that better suits many of the modern hull forms to which stabilisers are becoming a standard fit. 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 boatowners and their guests.”
The Jury also noted the slimline form of the vector fin’s SPS55 actuator, a welcome design feature that will assist designers and boatbuilders.
Chairman of the DAME Awards Jury, Bill Dixon, said the Jury was pleased with the quality of many of the entries this year and also the effort made by companies to present their products in a clear and concise way.
“For all marine products today we need a leap forward to attract buyers,” Mr Dixon said. “It’s not enough that a product does what it needs to do – it needs to look the part as well. We commend all entrants that have shown clear evidence of employing design right the way through the development and manufacturing process, from function to form.
“The number of nominations this year is the highest for some time. This reflects the overall quality of the entry, which is undoubtedly improved on previous years. We also had a very close call to make between some of the category finalists before selecting a worthy DAME Award Winner.”
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