West Marine Press Release

West Marine Introduces the World’s First Copper-Free and Water-Based Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint at Miami International Boat Show

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 11, 2013)

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, will introduce West Marine CFA Eco Bottom Paint, the world’s first copper-free, dual biocide, water-based ablative antifouling paint. CFA Bottom Paint uses the highest level of the new metal-free Econea biocide for hard growth protection combined with a slime fighting inhibitor for multi-season protection. The water-based formulation greatly reduces the amount of volatile solvents found in most bottom paints.

“West Marine CFA Eco Bottom Paint can be used on boats that stay in the water year-round, or those that haul in the winter, since exposure to air doesn’t change the antifouling properties,” noted Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s VP of Product Information. “The paint is self-polishing and will wear away with use, eliminating the need to sand off old layers of paint, and the environmental issues that arise from sanding residue.”

Customers can visit West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show or online via westmarine.com to learn more about West Marine CFA Bottom Paint 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).