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 firm’s RS Venture dinghy for handicapped sailors.
Already in use at numerous sail training centers, the Venture is now adaptable to the needs of boaters with a variety of disabilities in just 30 minutes. The watertight system features IP67 quick connectors throughout. It includes a control pack with battery, a joystick controlling twin rudders and power mainsheet winch, and sip/puff headset option. The battery pack offers power for a full day on the water and can be removed for shoreside recharging.
The jury particularly appreciated the unit’s design and integration characteristics, and the attention to detail in its conception and fabrication.