West Marine Press Release

West Marine Introduces its Top Picks for 2014

Preview Innovative New Products and Text to Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree At the West Marine Booth at the Miami International Boat Show

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 13, 2014)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty waterlife outfitter of quality marine-grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, announced its Top Picks for 2014 at the Miami International Boat Show.

"Out of 85,000 product offerings, we've chosen seven of the most innovative new products that we believe will enhance and add value to our customers’ time on the water,"said West Marine’s Executive Vice President of Merchandise, Ron Japinga.

In addition to getting a sneak peak at the top new products for 2014, visitors can enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree by texting Marine to 23000. More details are available at the West Marine booth during the Miami International Boat Show (center pod, upper level).

West Marine’s Top Picks for 2014

Simrad NSS9 evo2 Series The NSS evo2 combines form, fit and function in an easy-to-use, multifunction device. The integrated NSS evo2 MFD features a sleek display with TouchSensibleTM multi-touch interaction. TouchSensible provides precision interaction in any sea condition with its logical keypad input and rotary, push-to-enter knob. Plus, Simrad’s GoFree WiFi option allows viewing and control from compatible smart phones.

Paddle Craft Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) The Paddle Craft SUP is the result of three years of development and introduces patented impact-resistant thermoSUP™ technology. Designed and engineered by Open Air Dynamics, the Paddle Craft combines a durable ABS shell, with a honeycomb waterproof foam core, resulting in a weight of only 31 pounds, making it easy to carry and transport. The Paddle Craft can accommodate up to 300 pounds.

Cayman 11.5 Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak Designed for the angler, this kayak is rich in features and versatility. It offers an extremely stable platform for standing while casting, with enough buoyancy to support up to 500 pounds. The unique “double-decker” seat provides a low position for paddling and a high position for fishing, as well as a stand-up assist strap. Additional benefits include: four molded-in rod holders behind the seat, molded-in gear trays and accessory attachment areas, mid-ship hatch and bow deck plate hull storage access. The Cayman includes a pre-installed anchor trolley system, a large storage compartment in the stern with a molded-in recess for a bucket, and shock cord rigging for securing gear in the storage compartment. Comfortable handles at the bow and stern allow for easy transport.

NorthStar Thin Plate Pure Lead AGM Batteries Never before has a battery manufacturer so cleverly engineered an 8D battery that has both the user and installer in mind. The “Thin Plate Pure Lead” manufacturing technology allows for superior cranking and reserve capacity, more cold cranking amps, plus four times more charging cycles than flooded lead-acid batteries. Pure lead technology also prevents the plates from sulfating; the number one cause of battery failure.

Fraser Optics’ Stedi-Eye 14 x 40mm Monolite Monocular For every vessel in any body of water, Fraser Optics’ Mariner Series 14 x 40mm Gyro-Stabilized Monolite Monocular delivers a clear advantage. Military grade and lightweight, it’s the world’s only gyro-stabilized monocular that removes up to 98% of image motion caused by hand or platform movement. The monocular is engineered using Fraser Optics’ STEDI-EYE® Technology.

Garmin Virb Elite, Action Camera with Wi-Fi & GPS and the Quatix Watch

The VIRB Elite is an HD action camera that combines enhanced video recording with Wi-Fi capability and advanced GPS functions. Plus, the VIRB Elite uses ANT+™ wireless connectivity allowing the Quatix watch to act as a remote control. The Quatix watch can start or stop the VIRB camera or have the VIRB take still images wirelessly.

Third Reef Jacket and Bibs The best selling foul weather gear in the world just got better.The seventh-generation Third Reef Jacket is fully lined, yet breathable with light weight comfort. One hundred percent waterproof, the Oxford nylon outer shell has a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish. The articulated hood and brushed mesh collar have been improved by adding extra room so when the collar is fully zipped it will allow for the additional bulk of mid layers. Other improvements include cargo pockets that are now angled for easier access and super soft hand warmer pockets located behind the cargo pockets without zippers for quick accessibility. Zippered hand warmer pockets have been added at the upper chest to make access easy while wearing a PFD. The Third Reef Women’s Bibs still have the popular, ultra-convenient drop-seat, only now it has been redesigned with a single-side Velcro® opening for even easier use.

These innovative new products are arriving in West Marine stores this spring. Visitors can get a preview and place their order at the West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show (center pod, upper level). To learn more about these or any of West Marine’s 85,000 offerings, go to westmarine.com.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with 289 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts – and offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company’s wholesale channel is one of the largest distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.