John Ludgate, President of Petit Paints - Chuck Hawley, V.P. Product Information, West Marine - Matt Hyde, CEO, West Marine - Chris Drees, President of Attwood
Two products were selected as West Marine's 2013 "Green Product of the Year" Winners. Attwood's Fuel Demand Valve and West Marine CFA bottom paint share the top honor and the $10,000 prize.
The judges made their selection based on effectiveness, cost-competitiveness, environmental impact, degree of innovation and verification of claims.
This innovative new product ensures pressurized fuel does not reach the engine preventing engine flooding and fuel spillage. New EPA portable fuel tanks are required to remain sealed up to a minimum of 5psi. The Attwood Fuel Demand Valve prevents pressurized fuel from flooding the engine or spilling into the water. The valve provides fuel to the engine only when demanded by the engine during start up or engine operation. Designed in partnership with OEM engine manufacturers the Attwood Fuel Demand Valve is compatible with all OEM Engine brands and helps to ensure proper engine start up and function.
The world’s first copper-free, dual biocide, water-based ablative antifouling paint uses the highest level of the new metal-free Econea biocide combined with a slime fighting inhibitor for multi-season protection. CFA Bottom Paint can be used on boats that stay in the water year-round, or those that haul in the winter, since exposure to air doesn’t change the antifouling properties. Water-based formulation is used to replace the volatile solvents found in most bottom paints.