West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces Green Product of the Year Winner and Breakthrough New Products for 2013 at Miami International Boat Show - Plus, Attendees Can Enter to Win a $1000 Gift Card at the West Marine Booth

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (January 28, 2013)

West Marine, the largest specialty retailerof boating supplies and accessories, is proud to announce the winner of itsfourth annual Green Product of the YearAward on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Marine boothat the Miami International Boat Show. An important component of West Marine’sBlueFuture® initiative to help create a sustainable future, the award hopes toencourage green product development throughout the marine industry.

In addition to the Green Product of the Year, West Marine will feature their top picksfor the most innovative new products for 2013. Plus, show attendees can enter to win a $1000 Gift Card at the WestMarine booth at the Miami International Boat Show.

West Marine’s TopPicks for 2013:

ColumbiaOmni-Freeze® ZERO – West Marine will debut Columbia’s Omni-Freeze ZERO clothing at the MiamiInternational Boat Show. The Omni-Freeze ZERO blue rings capitalize onyour sweat to lower the overall temperature of the material, accelerate thewicking process and provide an instant and prolonged cooling for the wearer. Be the first to own Omni-Freeze ZERO, offered at the Miami Boat Show andat West Marine Flagship Stores in Florida, beginning February 2013.

West Marine CFABottom Paint –The world’s first copper-free, dual biocide, water-based ablative antifoulingpaint uses the highest level of the new metal-free Econea biocide combined witha slime fighting inhibitor for multi-season protection. CFA Bottom Paint can beused on boats that stay in the water year-round, or those that haul in thewinter, since exposure to air doesn’t change the antifouling properties.Water-based formulation is used to replace most of the volatile solvents foundin most bottom paints.

Caframo Taku Fan - Thiseasy-to-install hatch fan features push button controls, an LED lamp, andsuction cup mounts with a pivoting axis. The fan can be swiveled to let exhaust air out of the cabin or to bringin fresh air. The versatile 12 Volt Taku can also be swung down into the cabinto direct a cooling breeze right where you want it.

Lenco Autoglide TrimTabs – Trim tabs improve the performance of almost any boat, but it’s not always easy to set them at theoptimum angle. Lenco has changed that with their Autoglide control, which uses GPS and twin gyros to sense the boat’s attitudeand set the trim tabs accordingly. Get better fuel economy and increase safetyby keeping the bow down until you’re on a plane. The Autoglide control can beretrofitted to any boat with Lenco trim tabs.

IsothermSmart Energy Control - The Isotherm Smart Energy Control (ISEC) maximizes theperformance of your boat’s refrigeration system automatically. When the engineor shore power charger is on, the ISEC will lower your the temperature in yourrefrigerator to take advantage of the “free” energy available, and will use theextra-cool contents to “store cold”. When it’s time to operate using batterypower, the ISEC will slow down the compressor to maximize the efficiency of thesystem, allowing the temperature to rise for greater savings. The result is upto a 50% reduction in energy consumption.

DeLorme inReach– This compactsatellite communicator allows you to send and receive text messages fromvirtually anywhere in the world. Using the reliable Iridium satellite network,the inReach can also transmit emergency messages to let your friends or rescueagencies that you’re in trouble. In addition, it provides a web-accessible mapinterface that let’s your family know your exact location.

“We’revery excited about West Marine’s Hot Picks for 2013,” says Chuck Hawley, VicePresident of Product Information at West Marine. “The goal, as always, is tofind products that make boating safer, more enjoyable, or more economical,combined with that ‘got to have it’ factor. Our suppliers have done a superbjob of identifying boater needs and responding to them with innovative,exciting products.”

About West Marine

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. Our Direct-to-Customer division, which comprises our call center, direct mail and e-commerce channels, offers customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and e-commerce 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).