• Theme: Equipment

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    Imagine a fleet of solar-powered rental boats available to all in major cities throughout the world. It’s already happening in six cities, and 150 others are interested. We spoke to Carl Kai Rand, founder of Denmark’s GoBoat.     “You might say that the idea came out of frustration,” said Carl Kai Rand. “I love being...

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    In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with...

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    Outboard engines are the traditional propulsion for many boats, but environmental and technology changes are revolutionizing the sector.   Outboards are the most versatile and widely utilized engines, powering everything from small commercial fishing boats to the most exclusive superyacht tenders. The cheapest are...

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    Data-hungry users are pushing the satellite receiver market to upscale, requiring more obtrusive domes on yachts. But some innovative companies attending METS this year are taking a different approach with revolutionary flat panel antenna systems.   The American start-up Kymeta, which received seed capital from Bill...

    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...

    Commercial vessels have been the testbed for electric and hybrid systems. Thanks to their safety, reliability, efficiency and green credentials, they are increasingly finding their way into leisure craft.   METS is an obvious place to showcase electric and hybrid systems. And Engel-Jan de Boer, Lloyd’s Register yacht...

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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...

    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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    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...