Inside the DAME Design Awards, and a lovely TBS Electronics battery switch

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS An unusual thing about the Pittman Innovation Awards is that no show attendance or fee is required to enter. Even jury members like me can nominate products, and the 2020 selection process is still underway. Just remember that these are innovation awards with sailors in mind:

  2. Surely at least some awards this year should go to Vesper’s new Cortex VHF?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Cortex is a DAME nominee, Kees, so further award may follow. And it was awarded at NMEA and IBEX, but I can say no more.

      • Anonymous says:

        How about now? Can you say more now because from the outside looking in it seems a bit odd that a Garmin gpsmap with inReach built-in wins a DAME over a truly revolutionary product. Completely open to the idea that the Garmin is more than what meets the eye but to be honest the whole DAME awards seems suspicious to me and plenty others. This has only been exacerbated with the judges awarded both the Garmin and Lowrance trolling motors, how does that happen?

        • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

          Well, if I had been the only juror, things would have been different (in the direction you infer).
          But then again, there is more to the Garmin 86i than “inReach meets plotter.”
          And if I had been the only juror, I would have had regrets when I learned more about certain award winners that I had not favored.

          This is a flawed process, just like all the other award programs. But there is absolutely nothing you should find suspicious beyond that. The jury tries very hard to make good decisions and does so with zero outside interference.

  3. Ted says:

    That is a interesting switch. I wonder if it would need a UL listing in the US? And if it has one. I’ll have to look into it more. Thanks

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The 2020 IBEX Innovation Awards were announced yesterday:

    And while there will not be a regular METS show or DAME awards this year, I’m pleased to report that they’ve come up with something called the DAME R&D Excellence in Adversity Award for 2020 and a wide variety of products/companies are eligible to submit entries. Spread the word:

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The NMEA 2020 Product of Excellence Awards are also out, and I see some interesting changes from previous years:

    Marine VHF – IcomM605
    Radar – Furuno DRS4DNXT solid-state doppler
    Satellite Communications Antenna – KVH TracPhone V3-HTS
    Multi-Function Display – Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv
    Multimedia Entertainment – Fusion Apollo RA770
    NMEA 2000 Sensor – Furuno SCX20 high precision satellite compass
    Autopilot – Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump v2
    Satellite TV Antenna – KVH TracVision UHD7
    Fishfinder – Furuno DFF3D multi-beam 3D
    Marine Camera – FLIR M364C
    AIS – Vesper XB8000 smartAIS
    Marine PC Software – Nobeltec TZ Professional V 4.1
    Remote Monitoring – GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR
    Wi-Fi/Cellular Device – KVH TracPhone LTE-1 (tie)
    Wi-Fi/Cellular Device – Wave Wi-Fi Tidal Wave AC + Cellular (tie)
    Marine Apps – Utility-Garmin ActiveCaptain
    Commercial – Furuno FAR2228BB 25kW IMO radar
    Marine Specialty – Maretron N2KBuilder – NMEA2000 network design software (tie)
    Marine Specialty – Furuno “Deep Impact” DI-FFAMP high-power CHIRP amplifier (tie)

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    If your company is exhibiting at METS 2022 and has a new product to show off, why not enter it in the DAME Awards?

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