Dotan's Kick-Up Solution Wins METS 2002 Design Award!
Judges at the METS 2002 held in Amsterdam, Holland, nominated Dotans kick-up rudder system winner of the METS 2002 Design Award, awarding it top prize for Best Designed Product in the Field of Marine Equipment and Accessories.
The Marine Equipment Trade Show - METS held annually in Amsterdam, is the biggest and most important international exhibition in Europe for suppliers of equipment, materials, accessories and services to the international leisure craft trade and industry.
Exhibitors from 37 countries took part in the METS 2002. Judges at the exhibition received 138 product nominations from 103 companies.
Judges appreciated "the advantage of the (Dotan) kick-up rudder systems design, functionality, originality, innovation, user-friendliness and price/quality ratio".
Every product was judged by an international panel of experts, all professionals in the field of sailing, marine technology, design and marketing.
METS 2002 organizers released the following press communique (on November 19th, 2002), following announcement of the competition results:
Winners in the Category of "Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging"
Taking top prize at this year's awards, the dinghy klck-up rudder system from Dotan Maritime Industries, Ltd., Israel, "eliminates ropes to control the blade and replaces them with a lift and latching mechanism in the stock. The Jury was impressed both by the simplicity and the elegance of this design".