• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. He is our in-house NauticExpo anglophone translator.

    The Scanstrut ROKK Charge+ waterproof USB socket was nominated for a DAME Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging award at the 2017 METS marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The UK manufacturer says it’s a world first, and the only charge outlet that is both waterproof and capable of rapid charging—up to three times...

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    TeamO’s Autolock Tether received a nomination for a DAME award in the Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category at this year’s Amsterdam METS marine equipment trade show. The British manufacturer calls it “a breakthrough innovation in tether design” because it adjusts automatically to the sailor’s position onboard, yet...

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    Opac’s retractable louvered hardtop was nominated for a DAME award in the Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging category at this year’s Amsterdam METS marine equipment trade show. The Turin-based manufacturer claims this is the first-ever automatic top of its type. The locking system allows it to remain open safely in any...

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    The overall winner at the 2017 edition of the METS marine show’s DAME awards was an add-on to an established product—one that broadens access to marine activities to those with disabilities. The jury of professionals honored the UK’s Scanstrut Ventures Connect Conversion Kit, which makes it possible to modify the...

    This year’s METS trade show included the 27th Design Award METSTRADE (DAME) competition. There were 122 entries from 22 countries in a variety of categories—marine electronics and software, and lifesaving and safety equipment, among others. The jury chose both category and overall winners, in addition to citing...

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    This year’s Safety Equipment innovation award winner at the Tampa, Florida IBEX conference went to Vesper Marine’s deckWatch app. The Auckland, New Zealand firm says it offers the app free to users of its smartAIS transponders. Currently available for Android Wear 2 smartwatches, the system serves as a secondary...

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    The Tampa, Florida IBEX 2017 conferred its Deck Equipment & Hardware innovation award on the Light Pole™ navigation lights from Aluna Systems. Designed to eliminate failures due to corrosion, it uses patented light conduit technology. Replacing standard contacts with light coupling, the system transmits light from a...

    Innovation award winners at last month’s IBEX conference in Tampa, Florida included the Seakeeper 3 anti-roll system in the Mechanical Systems category. Designed for boats in the 30-39 foot range, the unit occupies little space, weighs less than 250 kg (550 lbs), consumes minimal power and operates quietly. Rolling...

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    The TIWAL 3.2, U.S. Boat of the Year in 2014 and winner of a Red Dot design award, is the first performance inflatable dinghy on the market. The compact kit fits in two bags which are easily stowed in a car trunk. Inflation and assembly take just 20 minutes, all without tools. Disassembly is equally rapid and simple....

    Finnish marine tech heavyweight Wärtsilä successfully tested a long-range remote control system on a platform supply vessel in August. Using a standard satellite link, operators at the firm’s San Diego, California center sent maneuvering instructions to the dynamic positioning (DP) system of a Gulfmark Offshore ship...