West Marine Brings Pros to First-Ever Marine Electronics Expo

Today's hottest marine electronics vendors invite angling pros to in-store event to answer customers' questions, share valuable tips and tricks

Watsonville, CA, April 5, 2016 –Four of the country’s leading fishing personalities will be on hand in select West Marine stores April 8-9 to answer customers’ questions and provide their own tips and tricks for making the most of their marine electronics during West Marine’s first-ever Marine Electronics Expo.

Customers in select West Marine markets should swing by participating Marine Electronics Expo stores this weekend to take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet the following regional fishing celebs:

  • Capt. George Gozdz - Host of "Reeltime Florida Sportsman"
  • Capt. C.A. Richardson - Host of "Flats Class TV"
  • Capt. Chris Wittman - Host of "Wild Instinct Outdoors"
  • Capt. Frank Crescitelli - Host of "The Fin Chasers"

During the inaugural Marine Electronics Expo, West Marine customers can shop the latest marine electronics from top brands like Garmin, Raymarine, Lowrance, Simrad, Shakespeare, ICOM, Fusion, Uniden, and more and have representatives from these top vendors onsite to answer their questions and demonstrate functionality of the newest technologies. The above-mentioned fishing pros will make appearances at specific times in select stores and are eager to share their personal tips, tricks and stories — and even sign autographs for eventgoers.

“We’re excited to bring this inaugural event to life for our customers at participating West Marine stores,” says Vince Allen, West Marine Senior Director, Creative Services and organizer of the Marine Electronics Expo. “West Marine is a leader in marine electronics, and we’ll be showcasing our vast Associate knowledge and leveraging the help of today’s top vendors and popular angling celebrities to help customers understand the latest technology and make the most of their marine electronics purchases.”

West Marine’s Marine Electronics Expo will take place in eight stores representing four key markets across the U.S., including the Northeast, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida and Southern California. Participating stores include:

  • Old Saybrook, Connecticut
  • West Islip, New York
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • North Palm Beach, Florida
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Newport Beach, California
  • San Diego, California

Capt. Gozdz will appear in West Marine’s North Palm Beach, Florida, store from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, April 8; Capt. Richardson will be in the St. Petersburg, Florida, store from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 9; Capt. Wittman will make an appearance at the Ft. Myers, Florida, store from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, April 8; and Capt. Crescitelli will be onsite at West Marine’s West Islip, New York, location from 12-1 p.m. Friday, April 8.

In addition to onsite fishing pros, the Marine Electronics Expo features a full slate of seminars in each participating West Marine location that cater to everything from understanding 3D sonar and extending WiFi/cell coverage, to stereo selection and how you can properly rig your kayak for fishing.

To review the full seminar schedule and for information about the latest and greatest marine electronics brands, visit West Marine’s Marine Electronics Expo Learning Center.

To learn more about West Marine’s electronics products and vendors, or for a complete schedule of events happening in participating Marine Electronics Expo stores April 8-9, visit

About West Marine
Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine (,NASDAQ: WMAR), our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare waterlife adventurers tofoster that connection and explore their passions. With more than 260 stores located in 38states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international andprofessional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading Waterlife Outfitter for cruisers,sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. Since first opening our doors in 1968, WestMarine associates continue to share the same love for the water as our customers and providehelpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun.

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