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WEST MARINE NAMES SUPER SAP A GREEN PRODUCT OF THE YEAR HONOREE - Three Green Product Honorees to Share $10,000 Award

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Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (February 16, 2012)

West Marine, the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced today that Super Sap™ is one of three Green Product of the Year Honorees. Entropy’s Super Sap™ Epoxy is based on a patent pending process that replaces petrol‐based chemicals with those sourced from renewable feedstock and waste streams of other products. The other honorees are LEHR’s Propane Engine and Torqeedo’s 1003 Travel Outboard Motor. The three honorees will share West Marine’s $10,000 prize for the “Green Product of the Year,” designed to encourage sustainable innovation in the boating industry.

“Super Sap Epoxy has the same properties that have made other epoxy resins popular with boaters for bonding, filleting, coating, and reinforcing. The difference is that about a third of the Super Sap ingredients come from waste streams of paper and bio-diesel production, and therefore reduces the amount of petroleum needed for manufacturing,” said Chuck Hawley, V.P. of Product Information for West Marine. “We like the combination of product performance and reduced use of non-renewable resources.”

The panel of esteemed judges who selected the Green Product Honorees included: Stan Honey, Ocean Racing Navigator, founder of Etak and SportVision; Ron Japinga, EVP, Merchandising, West Marine; Dr. Randy Kochevar, Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station; Bill Lee, Owner, Wizard Yacht Sales; Jim Leishman, Owner & VP of Nordhavn Yachts; Margaret Podlich, President, BoatUS; Randy Repass, Chairman and Founder of West Marine; Dr. Laura Strohm, President of Strohm Sustainability Consulting; Mike Sutton, VP & Director for the Center for the Future of the Oceans and Chuck Hawley, VP Product Information, West Marine.

The judges made their selection based on effectiveness, cost-competitiveness, environmental impact, degree of innovation and verification of claims.

Customers can visit West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show, center pod, lower level or online via westmarine.com to learn more about Super Sap™ or any of West Marine’s over 75,000 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).