New lifejacket and AIS device recognised

Two UK firms have won prestigious DAME awards at METS, the Marine Equipment Trade Show, in Amsterdam.

The DAME awards are awarded annually to the most ground-breaking new product designs across the marine industry.

Cowes-based Spinlock won the safety category for their Deckvest lite, a new design of lifejacket.

Meanwhile Poole-based Digital Yacht won the electronics category for their iAIS, an AIS device which wirelessly links a boat’s navigation data to the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPodTouch.

The overall DAME award went to the Italian designers of a porthole that swivels open sideways (see photo), preventing the possible ‘intrusion into cabin space’ caused by one that swings open.

See Yachting Monthly January issue, published on 15 December, for a full report.

See the full list of winners here