Press Update: Products, Catalog and Sweepstakes

At West Marine, we’re adding new products to our store and online inventory each month. Here are a few recent additions we think you’ll find exciting. Please let us know if you’d like more information or high-resolutions photos.

Blacktip Rod and Reel Combos – West Marine’s exclusive Blacktip line of fishing products includes affordable rod and reel combos with great functionality, including the new Baitcaster CVL-400 Reel with 7' Rod Combo:

BLACKTIP Baitcaster CVL – 400 Reel with 7' Rod Combo – $199 WEST MARINE EXCLUSIVE

This combo includes a conventional casting rod for medium action with a Shimano Corvalus CVL400 reel. The Corvalus is a sophisticated casting workhorse with a cast aluminum frame and side plates plus Super Stopper and Assist Stopper to eliminate backplay when you set the hook. It also features Shimano’s VBS Variable Brake System so you can virtually eliminate backlash snarls. These reels will handle saltwater and superbraid lines to give you reliable performance season after season. Drag at strike of 11lb. with a 22" line retrieve per crank. Three bearings plus one roller.

What’s up with SUPs? – Lots! We’ve got dozens of great standup paddleboards, including new models by Jimmy Styks, Soltice, Bote and Ohana. Just one example:

JIMMY STYKS 12'6" Scout Offshore Stand-Up Paddleboard – $1,199.99 WEST MARINE EXCLUSIVE

West Marine partnered with Jimmy Styks to design the super wide and stable Scout SUP for fishing and cruising offshore. The steady platform has a displacement hull for maximum weight capacity. A full pad gives traction and provides a comfortable non-slip surface for rider and gear. Take an all-day excursion on this board with an integrated bungee strapping system up front to secure fishing supplies and gear. This board tracks well through water and can handle an afternoon paddle in choppy waters.

Anchors Aweigh and Way Better – Our Scoop Anchors are the culmination of years of incremental improvements in scoop style anchor design

SCOOP ANCHORS, 10, 15, 25, 35 lbs. $129.99 – $369.99 WEST MARINE EXCLUSIVE

This advanced generation combines a holding power to weight ratio unimagined only a few years ago. Placing a premium on sophisticated shapes and angles has allowed the designers to refine the proven advantages of increasingly using physics instead of mass as the anchor holding mechanism.

These anchors demonstrate advantages in quickly setting and automatically resetting in changing wind and current conditions, in all bottom types. Engineered and tested to provide the highest holding power of any West Marine family of anchors, these new designs integrate with most existing tackle and bow rollers.

Saltwater Fishing Catalog FREE to West Advantage Members WEST MARINE EXCLUSIVE Available in all West Marine retail outlets April 1.

Saltwater fishing fans, rejoice! West Marine’s new Fishing Angling Arsenal includes an expanded selection and information on thousands of fishing products. Categories include: Rods, Reels & Combos, Crabbing, Clothing, Tools, Boat Accessories, Kayaks & SUPs and Safety & Navigation. There is also useful How To information on topics such as caring for your reels, installing a flush mounted rod holder and setting a kite rig. Plus, the latest in marine electronics. Shipped to editors and writers by request.

Dive into Spring – West Marine is now your scuba diving headquarters, with all the gear you need to explore the world under the sea. This new department includes buoyance control devices, computers and gauges, fins and masks, including:

MARES DIVING Prestige MRS Plus 2 Backpack Buoyancy Compensator – $467.95

This highly desirable backpack style scuba BCD features three-dimensional self-draining pockets with two zip closures and rear trim weights. It offers excellent lift capacity with many size options that all include a classic bladder where the aircells envelop the diver's sides and back, making it easy to get a balanced and comfortable buoyancy. An Ergo Flator is positioned just right to allow your hand to easy inflate/deflate or oral inflation of this BCD for desired buoyancy.

New Technology – It’s truly stunning what continuing improvements are coming to marine electronics. Our favorite this year is Forward Scan.

NAVICO ForwardScam™ Sonar – $699.99

Confidently navigate in shallow or poorly charted waters with ForwardScan™ Sonar. It provides forward-looking, two-dimensional sonar views of the bottom ahead of your boat. ForwardScan is a powerful defense against running aground, and an invaluable tool for locating secure sites to drop anchor. The ForwardScan transducer operates at 180kHz to reduce interference from traditional 200kHz sonar, and provides a maximum forward view of eight times your current depth, so you’ll see up to 80' ahead in water 10' deep. Simple to install using a standard 2"dia. stainless steel thru-hull housing, the transducer plug can be removed for servicing with the boat in the water. Transmits and receives up to 10 times faster than previous forward-looking systems, and networks with compatible displays.

2015 Fishing Odyssey Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid fishing trip for two at the fabulous Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica! Five lucky runner up winners will each win a pair of Sperry shoes. Enter here:

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. is the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 270 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is the leading waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers, paddle sports enthusiasts and industry service providers. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.

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