As every year, the METS in Amsterdam (the world’s largest trade fair for nautical accessories, 19-21 November) is awarded the DAME Design Award, the prizes for the most innovative products, selected by an international jury of experts.
We don’t know yet who will win, but we’ve taken a look at the 59 “nominees” in the competition in the various categories (electronics, furniture and interiors, products for ports, deck and rigging accessories, clothing, safety, propulsion). In this first episode dedicated to DAME we have selected for you all the “cool” in the competition in the category “Marine Electronics & Marine Related Software).
METS, twelve new features that change your life on a boat
DIGITAL YACHT – GPS160 TRINAV
The GPS160 TriNav is a high-performance position sensor that uses GPS, Glonass and the new Galileo satellite system. It has multiple interfaces and improves accuracy and reduces tracking difficulties that may occur due to spoofing and local interference. It also supports a simple external “Man overboard” function that creates a “synthesized” MOB AIS message that can be interfaced with the charplottter.
EM-TRAK – B200
This is the first and only AIS Class B transceiver with an internal power supply that guarantees a 5-day lifetime in the event of a power outage. A solution that will appeal to those who travel long.
FURUNO – NAVNET TZT2BB
The NavNet TZT2BB is a BlackBox system equipped with a double CPU that guarantees a remarkable operating speed to the network architecture. The first major innovation is the separate management of two displays simultaneously with a single Black Box. The displays are touch-screen and have an easy and intuitive interface and a design that uses bright and strong colors that help identify icons for selecting the display of radar, fishfinder, chartplotter, weather, camera, instruments and navigation data. In addition to touch-screen management, the NavNet TZT2BB Black Box system can be controlled via a professional keyboard model MCU-005 (optional): a single keyboard can manage up to two monitors.
OCEANLED – EXPLORE E7
The OceanLED E7 underwater light projects a defined, angled beam of light: excellent for yachts with a variable hull angle, such as wooden and GRP yachts, which require recessed light. All in a case with unique and innovative optics. DISCOVER MORE
POWEVISION – POWERDOLPHIN
If you love fishing, this product is definitely for you: a small “boat” to use to lower the line to the desired point, which integrates an action-cam with a powerful fishfinder and a 4K UHD camera capable of filming underwater and on the surface! PowerDolphin also finds fishing hotspots or shoals and accurately locates positions through a GPS application.
RAYMARINE – M364C MARINE THERMAL SYSTEM ROOM
M364C is a marine camera system that integrates a high-resolution thermal camera and a “normal” high-definition camera. It is the first camera in the world to offer Color Thermal Vision (CTV) technology, which allows sailors to see key color information such as illuminated navigation lights and navigation aids on the thermal camera image.
RAYMARINE – DOCKSENSE ALERT
DockSense Alert is the new generation of Raymarine intelligent docking technology that works on any boat. With FLIR stereo vision technology, the DockSense Alert detects and alerts the skipper when obstacles come close to the boat and when the boat is in danger. Live video feeds from each camera make it easy to see blind spots directly on the multifunction display.
TBS ELECTRONICS – REMOTE BATTERY SWITCH
A high-current intelligent magnetic latching contactor capable of handling DC direct currents up to 500 Amps. The RBS’s small footprint and connection method is good for compact grouping of multiple units and integration with fuse holders and bus bars.
VEETHREE GROUP – R3 ROUND TOUCH DISPLAY
R3 is the first multifunction digital display to use a round LCD screen that can replace analogue indicators. It adapts to the hole of the spidometer and shows you all the functions you need: just slide your finger on the touchscreen to view them.
YACHT DEVICES – NMEA 2000 ALARM BUTTON YDAB-01
Multifunctional wired device for an external button with LED and loudspeaker; it contains a 10W audio amplifier and a bank with 28 sounds (burglar alarm, on-board trumpets, etc.). It can be configured for the following functions: MOB hardware button (emulating AIS SART), digital boat monitoring unit (with CZone support) or engine monitoring unit (engine sound alarms or user-defined alarms).
GARMIN / GPSMAP 86i
Do you need a handheld GPS? The brand new GPSMAP 86i from Garmin is for you: in addition to a color screen where you can view the route and all the wireless data from your chartplotter (and autopilot control) includes InReach technology that guarantees, via the global satellite network Iridium, sharing your location, a two-way messaging to and from any mobile device and an emergency service available 24 hours a day to request help even where there is no cellular coverage. DISCOVER MORE
VESPER MARINE / CORTEX
It’s called Cortex the latest Vesper Marine novelty that has shocked the world of accessories and that we recommend you consider if you are thinking of changing the VHF: thanks to a compact waterproof black box to be installed onboard, you will have in a tool similar to a large smartphone: a VHF easy to use, the AIS class B and a monitoring system of your boat, with all the necessary alarms (intrusion, anchor movements, smoke, temperatures, batteries). The latter can, of course, be viewed and managed remotely from your mobile device. DISCOVER MORE