Versadock Lymington New Forest nominated for DAME award

A Lymington Dame?

Pioneering Lymington marine business Versadock is in contention for a highly prestigious DAME design award

RIB on VersaDock pontoon

Leading the way with innovative floating pontoon and modular dock solutions

VersaDock leads the way in offering innovative floating pontoon and modular dock solutions. Founded in 2001 and based in Lymington it's now an established global marine brand with a reach crossing six continents. Its products have been tested from the extreme cold of the Antarctic to the hurricanes in Florida and the searing heat of the Middle East.

The company has now been nominated for a prestigious DAME design award, for its new product the Z-Series: a new float which makes it easier for wider hulls and keel boats to be accommodated.

The design split into two key areas: the adjustable roller arrangement (Patent Pending) and the design shape (design registered).

Versadock Z SeriesThe Z float is the only available roller system offering keel, and height-adjustable side, rollers, allowing for the widest range of hull forms to be accommodated securely while benefitting from the cushioning effect of pneumatic tyres. When the mid floats lock into place within a dock, the force of the vessel driving forward cannot push the central float forward, while its weight cannot force the float down. It is a 3-dimensional plastic version of a keystone in a wall.

The unique central float was designed to allow the mid section to be removed entirely to facilitate keel boats or ski boats with Skegs. These vessels have not previously been able to take advantage of this style of drive on dock system, so have had to either launch and recover or use Antifoul.

Chris Davison, Versadock manager, comments,
“The Versadock team are incredibly proud for this product to be a nominee for the prestigious Dame Awards. This is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and to have it recognised for an award I have always coveted is phenomenal.” 

This float will be the first Versadock float not only designed but also manufactured in the UK, as part of the Versadock commitment to reducing carbon footprint.

The DAME Design Awards were launched in 1991 to promote design in all disciplines and to recognise the best-designed products at the METSTRADE Show. Its unique relevance in the global marine marketplace has grown in parallel with the explosion in awareness of design in the world around us, from cars and architecture to fashion and consumer goods. In making its judgements the jury seeks to emphasise the importance of design for all marine products, from function to aesthetics and from packaging to the end product.

The DAME jury also considers the expected impact on the marine industry of entries, their suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, cost, ease of use or installation and environmental impact. Up to seven Category Winners and the Overall Winner will be chosen from the nominated entries. Products that the Jury considers to be exceptional, but which do not win the award in their category, will be given a Special Mention.”

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