METSTRADE opens & Volvo Penta wins DAME Award 2021

Dame award winner 2021

The overall winner of this year’s DAME award reflects trend ‘to make boating more accessible’, according to the judging panel. Andre Hoek, chair of the DAME Award jury, presented the 30th anniversary DAME Award 2021 at the opening of the Metstrade show this morning (16 November 2021) to the Volvo Penta Assisted Docking System.

A further five products were named as category winners and 15 received special mentions (see below).

The Volvo Penta Assisted Docking System works with the company’s proven IPS propulsion drives to provide hitherto unknown levels of fine manoeuvring control in motor yachts, with the ability to take wind and current into account. It is easily operated via a joystick controller, even by a novice user of a motor yacht. Its Glass Cockpit System assists situational awareness. If the person at the helm needs more time to think, they can take their hand off the joystick and the boat holds its precise position until the control is touched again.

Commenting on the result, Hoek says: “The world has changed in so many ways since we last physically gathered as a jury in 2019. Pandemic restrictions have greatly heightened our appreciation of the environment. The lifestyle benefits of marine leisure are drawing in a whole new generation in a way that we could not have imagined just two years ago”.

“Sustainable product lifecycle and making boating more accessible for novice users are critical design priorities as we move through this decade. It is appropriate therefore that the jury selected the Volvo Penta Assisted Docking system as its DAME Award for 2021. This product is a brilliant example of how we can harness great design and evolving technology to safely remove barriers to entry.”

In reaching its decision, the DAME jury recognised the Assisted Docking solution is the result of much research, development and extensive software and hardware design. The system is intuitive to use but Volvo Penta obviously paid attention to more than core function and innovation. For example, the ergonomics and aesthetics of the hand controller provide a feeling of confidence in the system even before you use it.

In a statement, the Metstrade jury panel stated: ‘Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking is a welcome development to address changing market landscapes where boating needs to become less difficult and more accessible.” 

DAME Award 2021

Volvo Penta Assisted Docking

Stand 07.108

This year’s category winners:

Marine Electronics and Marine Related Software

Garmin Surround View Camera System

Stand 01.101, 01.103, 01.200

Interior Equipment, Furnishing, Materials and Electrical Fittings used in Cabins

Dometic Voyager TX Series

Stand 01.171, 01.271

Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment and Boat Construction Tools and Materials

No category winner this year.

Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging

Bonomi JOY Self-Tailing Cleat

Stand 05.108

Clothing and Crew Accessories

No category winner this year

Lifesaving and Safety Equipment

ACR Electronics ResQLink View RLS Personal Locator Beacon

Stand 03.212

Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings

The Jury named joint winners in this category

Mastervolt MLI Ultra 1250

Stand 02.321

Volvo Penta Assisted Docking

Stand 05.651

This year’s special mentions

Marine Electronics and Marine Related Software

Calypso Instruments Ultrasonic Portable Mini

Stand 01.183


Stand 01.151

Pixel sur mer EXOCET Gold

Stand 05.554

Raymarine Cyclone

Stand 01.111

Interior Equipment, Furnishing, Materials and Electrical Fittings Used in Cabins

Dometic M65 Gravity Toilet

Stand 01.171, 01.271t

Morbern MorGreen Evohide Mistral FRee

Stand 02.525

Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment and Boat Construction Tools and Materials

No special mentions were awarded in this category.

Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging

Karver Systems KF Bio Concept

Stand 05.323

Rapid Marine Universal Chocks

Stand 02.533

Rigging Projects RP Steering Hub

Stand 05.854

Clothing and Crew Accessories

Spinlock Waterproof Essentials Packs

Stand 01.570

Lifesaving and Safety Equipment

Plastimo SLR196

Stand 05.241

SEA-FIRE 2 Litre AVD Fire Extinguisher

Stand 02.109

Spinlock Nemo Baby & Junior 150N Lifejacket Harness

Stand 01.570

Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings

Mercury 7.6L V12 600hp Verado

Stand 02.418

REMIGO RemigoOne

Stand 01.470

This year, €15,450 was raised by DAME entrants for worthy causes. Each year the organisers of the Metstrade show donate the combined registration fees for the DAME Design Award to selected charities as a way of giving back to society. For 2021 the Metstrade Exhibition Committee selected the Blue Marine Foundation to receive the donation. Funds from this year will assist projects to protect marine life and preserve the environment in the Berwickshire Marine Reserve on the east coast of Scotland.

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