West Marine Press Release

West Marine Selects Caframo Taku Fan as a Cool New Product for 2013 - Versatile, Easy-to-Install Hatch Fan Perfect Featured at 2013 Miami International Boat Show

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 11, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, will feature the Caframo Taku Fan at the Miami International Boat Show, February 14-18, 2013. Boaters can keep cool while on board with this easy-to-install hatch fan that features push-button controls, an LED lamp, and suction cup mounts with a pivoting axis. It also allows for versatility as the Taku Fan can be swiveled 360 degrees with three different speeds for comfort to exhaust air out of the cabin or to bring in fresh air.

“The Caframo Taku Fan will be a true asset to any boater seeking relief from the heat or in need of better ventilation while on board,” said Chuck Hawley, VP of Product Information for West Marine. “This is a 12-Volt fan that can be swung down directly into the cabin creating a cool breeze of up to 500 cubic feet per minute wherever you need it. Air-conditioned boats will find that they can use the Taku in lieu of A/C on many occasions, and thus reduce fuel consumption and generator run time.”

Customers can visit West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show or online via www.westmarine.com to learn more about the Caframo Taku Fan 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 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).