WATSONVILLE, Calif. (January 26th, 2011)
West Marine, the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, will announce the winner of its second annual Green Product of the Year contest, and present a selection of innovative new products for 2011, at the Miami International Boat Show on Thursday, February 17, during a press conference from 10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the West Marine booth located in the center pod, lower level.
As part of West Marine’s mission to “preserve and protect the marine environment” the company created the Green Product of the Year contest to encourage the development of green boating products. At this year’s press conference, West Marine will announce the 2011 grand-prize winner, and present the accompanying $10,000 award.
In addition to learning the contest winner results, attendees will get a preview of the most inventive new boating products and accessories for 2011, presented by Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s Vice President of Product Information.
“Every fall, West Marine holds an informal, internal competition among all of the Category Managers to find the most interesting and innovative new products,” said Hawley. “The competition is fierce, since thousands of new products are added to West Marine’s assortment each year. By showcasing the products we deem to be most exciting, it’s our hope to encourage the industry to continue to innovate and excite our customers.”
This year’s products include:
SPOT Connect – Keep in touch with friends, family and emergency personnel even from remote locations. When you pair SPOT Connect with your compatible smartphone, you are instantly connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet, even when you are nowhere near a cell phone signal.
Harken T2 Soft-Attach Blocks – Now recreational sailors can enjoy the same lightweight, easy-to-use composite blocks that have previously been used by racing teams. With no metal shackles or rivets to corrode, the T2’s fiber-reinforced, nylon-resin sideplates reduce weight, noise and damage to your deck and gear, while creating a flexible, fair lead point to reduce friction.
BlackTip Catch & Release Recompression Tool – Designed to reduce the effects of barotrauma on deep-water fish, the BlackTip Catch & Release Recompression Tool is a simple, but effective tool that works on any fish species in both fresh and saltwater. The device holds the fish’s jaw until it hits bottom, automatically releasing the fish at adequate depth for recovery.
Lowrance Elite-5 DSI Gold Fishfinder/Chartplotter Combo – Combining Lowrance’s innovative DownScan Imaging™ technology with an incredibly accurate and detailed Navionics Gold chartcard. Leaving nothing to the imagination, the Elite-5 DSI clearly distinguishes between predator fish and baitfish schools, hard and soft bottoms, as well as fish and structure on or near the bottom.
SmartPlug 30-Amp Power Cord – The SmartPlug 30-Amp Dual-Configuration Cordset connects a SmartPlug 30-amp receptacle on the boat to a typical 30-amp twist-type outlet on the dock. It is also the only shore power cord on the market utilizing tinned copper wire throughout the entire length of the cable for the ultimate in corrosion resistance. Cords are available in 25-foot and 50-foot lengths.
ABOUT WEST MARINE
West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 325 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 60,000 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).