On a foggy morning in Amsterdam the marine industry greeted the announcement of this year's DAME Awards (Design Award METS), with the award for the overall winner going to Torqeedo's Deep Blue electric outboard.
In its report, the Jury, led by Chairman Bill Dixon, said: "The new Deep Blue large electric outboard from Torqeedo GmbH is an exceptional example of groundbreaking research and development - one which will bring great benefits to both the users and builders of marine craft. Through substantial financial investment Torqeedo have successfully combined two established yet distinct technologies - the large outboard engine and electric motor - for the first time. In doing so they have created a revolutionary integrated propulsion system that is striking in its styling and highly notable for its innovation.
"In bringing this truly original product to the marine market, Deep Blue's designers have achieved a first-class package that offers convenience, price worthiness and performance. It also promises to provide a cleaner, quieter and more economical boating experience for many people in the years to come."
The five other category award winners were: Navionics, for their SonarCharts, Chatham Marine for their new range of Contender sailcloth deck shoes, Vision Systems for the Nuance solar protection product, Spinlock for their T25 deck Organiser and DeLorm for their inReach, two-way gobal satellite communication system.
For more on Torqueedo, see Torqeedo Electric Outboards.