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Upffront presents DAME nominated products at METS

We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.


Next week is the annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam (Nov 14-16, 2017) and Upffront will be showing all the latest performance sailing hardware and rigging products. 

A centre piece of the show is the DAME Design Award which is the largest marine competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. It focuses attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality, and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging. 

The DAME is judged by a panel of top naval architects, boat, and industrial designers, plus user experts. To win a DAME Category and then to attain the ultimate prize of DAME Award Overall Winner is widely recognised as having reached the pinnacle of design practice for marine equipment.

And this year upffront.com is hosting two short-listed DAME nominationed products on its stand (07.216): the unique, remote control, battery operated, LOOP® E-Furler and Rigging Projects Ltd's RPG Gaff lock for fathead mainsails.


LOOP® E-Furler

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The LOOP® E-Furler was specifically designed for short-handed furling of gennakers and code zeros on small sports boats and multi-hulls under 30ft, to improve safety, comfort and ease of use.

Manufactured in Germany from high quality materials, It is robust, fully waterproof and designed for quick, simple, Plug & Play installation. The choice of high power, 18V rechargeable lithium-ion batteries allows the E-Furler to be fully independent from other boat systems.

With a single charge and under normal use the furler will be good for a weekend cruise or regatta. However, with easy access to the battery compartment, a spare battery and just 1 hour re-charging time, the Loop® E-furler can be in constant use.

Come and see the LOOP® E-Furler for yourself on the Upffront.com stand 07.216 or watch the intro video here.


RPG Gaff Lock


Rigging Projects is a custom, turnkey solution provider for perfoemance sailing mast and rigging packages. Their customers include Maxi 72's, Wally, Swan, Gunboat, HH catamarans and many more. With in-house engineering capability they love nothing more than developing their own solutions to help improve sailing system efficiency. Fathead mains are increasingly common across the full spectrum of racing and now cruising yachts and Rigging Projects identified a need for a simpler automated headboard locking system.

Their Cam Lever solution means that the sail is drawn up onto the headboard car and locks under the sails own weight and then exits the lock automatically when dropped. The use of quality materials delivers a finished system 30-40% lighter than competitive products. It is easily scaleable from 2t to 16t working loads and can be adapted to fit most standard track systems.



Have a question or need more information?

Feel free to come and see us in Amsterdam between 14-16 Noivember 2017 on stand 07.216 or contact us at support@upffront.com.

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