Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking wins 2021 DAME Award

Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking wins 2021 DAME Award

On the 30th anniversary of the DAME Award, Andre Hoek, Chair of the DAME Jury, presented Sweden’s Volvo Penta with the top honour for its Assisted Docking System, at the opening event of METSTRADE 2021. A further five products were named as Category Winners and 15 received Special Mentions.

”The Volvo Penta Assisted Docking System works with the company’s IPS propulsion drives to provide boaters with unknown levels of fine manoeuvring control in motoryachts, taking wind and current into account,” said the Jury’s report in its description of the product. ”It is easily operated via a joystick controller, even by a novice user of a motoryacht. Its Glass Cockpit System assists situational awareness. If the person at the helm needs more time to think, they can take their hand off the joystick and the boat holds its precise position until the control is touched again.”

In reaching its decision, the Jury said it recognised the Assisted Docking solution ”is the result of much research, development and extensive software and hardware design. The system is intuitive to use but Volvo Penta obviously paid attention to more than core function and innovation. For example, the ergonomics and aesthetics of the hand controller provide a feeling of confidence in the system even before you use it.”

”Great design has a critical role to play in bringing new people into boating,” continued  the report. ”Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking is a welcome development to address changing market landscapes where boating needs to become less difficult and more accessible.”