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 excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

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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:

    https://www.sailmagazine.com/gear/pittman-innovation-awards

  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

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