Press Update: Gifts for Dads, Deck Out Dad Contest and Gadget Shop

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 we can provide you with more information or high-resolutions photos.

Paddles – and Fishing Rods – Up! – Treat Dad to a speedy kayak set up for fishing, perfect for multi–stop long days on the water.

WEST MARINE Pompano 120 Sit–On–Top Angler Kayak
Model # 16163826


Designed for the performance angler or the adventurous day tripper, this kayak has the tracking and speed needed to cover longer distances quickly and effortlessly. Its profile is low, sleek and stylish, making it easy to paddle through moderate chop and wind. The stylish color functions to both camouflage it with environments while bright spots within it make it noticeable enough to larger boats. Manufactured with eight self–bailing scupper holes to ensure water stays out and you stay dry.

Cut the (Neck) Ties – Move Dad’s focus away from the office and onto the water. Nothing says summer like a new pair of bright swim trunks

BLACKTIP Men's Bull Short Swim Trunks
Model # 15841653


Vibrant patterns and extreme comfort are just the beginning of the Bull Shorts Swim Trunks. Featuring water repellant, quick-drying fabric that allows you to stay active and a drawcord front for a comfortable and secure fit.

Social Media Contest – WIN a $500 West Marine Waterlife Makeover for the Dad

Is the Dad in your life looking (and smelling) a bit too much like a salty sea dog? Whether the dad in your life is incredibly makeover-worthy or just a little too frugal, we want to hear why he deserves to win new gear from West Marine.

Contest Dates: May 11–June 19, 2015. The winner will be announced the week after Father’s Day.

Entry Process: Photos should be posted on Instagram, tagged to West Marine and include the hashtags #westmarine #deckoutdad. Captions should include info on why the dad is deserving and/or needing a makeover.

Judging Criteria: Photos can be funny or sentimental, and preference will be given to those taken on or near the water. They could be on a boat, walking along the beach or at a waterside restaurant. Or, even at West Marine!

WEST MARINE Coastal Automatic Inflatable Life Vest–Blue/Dark Gray
Model # 14832067


Good looking, people-friendly, and built for performance, this vest feels as good as it looks. Features include a generous neckline with breathable 3-D mesh collar, and a longer slim fit shell designed to lay comfortably across your shoulders and chest. The mesh yoke back strap helps prevent the collar from riding up. When inflated, the yellow bladder exposes a high-visibility reflective strip. An easy-access storage pocket (ideal for keys, wallet or VHF radio) adds convenience.

We’ve put the FUN in functional. See our new Gadget Shop online at! Waterproof cases, solar chargers, electronics, binoculars, flashlights – and more!

Keep It Sharp – Knice knives are knifty – particularly when they are specific to Mom or Dad’s specific boating kneeds.

BLACKTIP Fisherman's II Multi-Tool
Model # 11752177
Mfg # WM-04


So much more than just a knife. This multi-tool doubles the squeezing power of conventional designs. Components lock in place for safety and include straight-edge blade, fish scaler, flat screwdrivers, Phillips screwdriver, three-sided file, bottle opener, rulers, lanyard loop plus a nylon pouch.

WEST MARINE Performance Rigging Knife with Straight Marlin Spike
Model # 15787005


A great rigging knife for life on the sea. This special knife was manufactured by SOG® exclusively for West Marine. It features a glass-reinforced G-10 handle that’s impervious to salt water and has a stainless steel blade that’s ideal for cutting natural or synthetic rope. The push-button lock secures the marlin spike in the open position to ensure safe use. Includes shackle key and lanyard ring.

Chicago – Our Latest Flagship Store


1160 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60642

With 20,000 square feet of nautical necessities and access to experts who can help boaters, anglers and paddle–sports enthusiasts, the new West Marine store caters to the needs of anyone who loves spending time on or around the water.