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WEST MARINE INTRODUCES THE MARINER FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – Ideal Electric Bicycle for the Marine Environment

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Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (February 08, 2012)

West Marine is proud to introduce the Mariner Folding Electric Bike at the Miami International Boat Show on Thursday, February 16, 2012. “Lightweight, salt air friendly, really well made and easy to fold for storing are some of the features which make the Mariner ideal for boaters looking to explore their latest port,” said Chuck Hawley, V.P. of Product Information for West Marine. “Our Customers are looking for practical solutions for shore side transportation while cruising, and we think the Prodeco Mariner is the ideal solution.”

The patented aluminum folding frame, fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, is designed for strength, portability, comfort, quality and longevity. Rust and corrosion resistant, the Mariner utilizes aluminum alloys, stainless steel and chromoly for 95% of all components and hardware. “Most electric bicycles are mostly steel construction, and they just can’t stand up to the demands of boating. The Mariner is built more like a high quality road bike,” noted Hawley.

Built in Florida by Prodeco, the Mariner includes a full 2-year warranty and 2000-cycle Li-ion battery. The Mariner’s motor is controlled via a variable throttle allowing riders to pedal when they prefer and obtain assistance when needed. A light twist of the throttle produces a slow and soft ride while a full twist of the throttle generates a quick and exhilarating ride.

Customers can visit West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show, or online via westmarine.com to learn more about the Mariner Folding Electric Bike or any of West Marine’s 75,000 other product offerings.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).