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Let’s Go Boating! Key products and discounts to get you started…

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Mercury Marine WINS the 2010 West Marine Green product of the Year Award!

2010 West Marine Green Product of the Year Award

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Garmin Oregon 400c Handheld GPS Navigator – Now Only $299.99

The first handheld outdoor navigator with convenient touchscreen operation!

Garmin Oregon 400c Handheld GPS Navigator

Garmin Oregon 400c Handheld GPS Navigator


Outstanding features include an antenna that is completely internal, making the Oregon easy to slip into your pocket. Each Oregon includes an electronic compass, barometric altimeter,* 65,000-color, sunlight-readable touchscreen, plus the ability to wirelessly exchange user routes, tracks, waypoints and geographic locations with other “buddy” units. Wireless capability also gives you the ability to use a heart-rate monitor or connect to a GSC10 Bike Speed/Cadence Sensor (sensors sold separately) for the ultimate in “inner” and “outer” situational awareness!

The Oregon 200 comes preloaded with a worldwide base map, while the 300 offers the same map with shaded relief for superior detail. Saltwater mariners love the 400c with its preloaded, detailed BlueChart g2 coverage for the coastal U.S. and the Bahamas. Preloaded with inland lakes, rivers and shoreline detail, the 400i is your all-purpose guide to inland water adventures. With state-of-the-art 3-D elevation perspective and preloaded topographic maps, the rugged 400t gives you all you need for serious hiking, climbing and other outdoor fun. You can also customize your Oregon with five different user profiles: automotive, marine, recreation, fitness or geocache. So no matter what your favorite form of outdoor fun, there is an Oregon GPS navigator for you!

*Compass and altimeter not included with the Oregon 200.

  • Unit dimensions: 2.3″ x 4.5″ x 1.4″ (5.8 x 11.4 x 3.5 cm)
  • Display size: 1.53″W x 2.55″H (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3″ diag (7.6 cm)
  • Display resolution: 240 x 400 pixels
  • Display type: Transflective color TFT touchscreen
  • Weight: 6.8 oz (192.7 g) with batteries
  • Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
  • Battery life: 16 hours
  • Waterproof: Yes (IPX7)
  • Floats: No
  • High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
  • PC interface: USB
  • RoHS version available: Yes
  • Basemap: Yes
  • Preloaded maps: Yes (BlueChart® g2 with limited capability)
  • Ability to add maps: Yes
  • Built-in memory: Yes
  • Accepts data cards: microSD™ card (not included)
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 1000
  • Routes: 50
  • Track log: 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
  • Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
  • Electronic compass: Yes
  • Barometric altimeter: Yes
  • Geocaching mode: Yes (paperless)
  • Outdoor GPS games: Yes
  • Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
  • Sun and moon information: Yes
  • Tide tables: Yes
  • Area calculation: Yes
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): Yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): Yes
  • Picture viewer: Yes
  • Additional: Touchscreen: Yes

West Marine Rigging Team Wins Melges 24 World Championship

“We have a great team, a great boat, and great sponsors,” said Chris Larson as he completed his preparations for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, in Annapolis, MD.  Larson and his West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes team walked away from the rest of the 51-boat fleet during the six-day regatta.  Without sailing the final race, they were crowned the 2009 World Champions with a 25-point margin over second place.


Larson approached the World Championship with the goal of winning it.  After placing 5th in the 2008 North Americans in Annapolis, Larson and his core crew, which included long-time teammate and experienced bowman, Curtis Florence and Olympic Medalist, Mike Wolfs, knew what they had to work on.  They recruited Richard Clarke, the winning tactician for the 2003 Melges 24 World Championship, as their tactician.  The team also sailed the Melges 24 Worlds Tuning Regatta, the Pre-Worlds and additional practice days to give them the time on the water they needed to peak at the Worlds.

Larson credits his sponsors, West Marine Rigging, New England Ropes, McLube, Harken, and the City of Annapolis/Downtown Annapolis Partnership for supporting the campaign.  Said Larson, “Our campaign is totally dependent upon them and it is great to have behind us 100%.”

Larson and West Marine Rigging’s relationship dates back a handful of years and was cemented in 2007 when Larson’s West Marine Rigging Team won the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Santa Cruz.

Said Larson, “I was flattered when West Marine Rigging agreed to sponsor my team and introduced me to their supplier, New England Ropes.  They have been supportive in providing standing and running rigging through their Rock Hill, SC facility.  As the Melges 24 and 32 OEM rigging supplier, West Marine Rigging is knowledgeable, helpful and eager to work with us to enhance their product. They helped us replace rigging that showed signs of wear and tear before our first Annapolis training session and we have collaborated with them on modifications to the Smart Rigging backstays and other upgrades.”

West Marine Rigging provides OEM standing and running rigging for all Melges 32’s and for the more recently built Melges 24’s.  Said Julian Richards, Manager of the satellite rigging shop within West Marine’s Store 41 in Annapolis; “We knew that we had a competitive team when we began our arrangement with Chris.  He has an excellent track record here in Annapolis.  He is also thorough when it comes to boat maintenance.  We replaced all of the running rigging in preparation for last year’s North Americans and were exceedingly pleased with the team’s performance.  Leaving no margin for error, we replaced all of the running rigging before this year’s Worlds and also replaced the boat’s turnbuckles.”

In anticipation of the walk-in traffic for the regatta, Richards and Store 41 prepared a number of Melges 24 running rigging packages.  Said Richards, “Our Rock Hill, SC warehouse supplies us with standing rigging and fittings for all types of sailboats.  The cruising one-design sailboats such as the J 30’s, Cal 25’s, Catalina 27’s and Pearson 30’s represent a good portion of our business, and it was a pleasure to accommodate the racing sailors who were here for the Melges 24 Worlds and other regattas last week.”

“West Marine Rigging congratulates all the competitors at the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship on an outstanding regatta. Special congratulations to Chris Larson and his championship-winning crew; Richard Clarke, Curtis Florence and Mike Wolfs, on their tremendous performance aboard the West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes boat. We’re proud to be the rigging supplier for the Melges 24 class,” said Matt Wise, West Marine Rigging’s Senior Director of Rigging Services.

“We have had an outstanding relationship with West Marine Rigging pre-dating our introduction of the Melges 32 in 2005.  Once West Marine Rigging started to supply the OEM rigging for the Melges 32, it was a natural to have them supply the rigging for the Melges 24.  Their warehouse and manufacturing facility can even supply us with unique fittings and parts for our other clients.”
Andy Burdick
President, Melges Performance Sailboats


“West Marine is convenient, helpful and dependable.  They may not have all of the specialty parts that you need in their store, but they have everything in their warehouse and can deliver it quickly.  I attend numerous regattas in Miami every year and West has helped me out a number of times.”Mike Wolfs
Olympic Medalist & World Champion


AboutWest Marine RiggingWest Marine Rigging is a specialty service of West Marine.  The central production and distribution facility is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  West Marine Rigging supplies OEM rigging for numerous one-design racing and cruising sailboat manufacturers throughout North America.  Its five satellite rigging locations are located in West Marine stores in San Diego, Seattle, Annapolis, Alameda and Fort Lauderdale. West Marine Rigging supplies standard and exotic cordage, fittings, hardware and complete rigging packages through the West Marine and Port Supply retail and Internet network.  For all of your parts and rigging needs, contact West Marine Rigging, we’re more than a store.


West Marine Green Product of the Year Contest - Win $10,000

“Green Product of the Year Award” Recipient to Receive $10,000 Award

West Marine, the largest retailer of boating supplies, is pleased to bring its first annual “Green Product of the Year Award” contest to Seattle, Washington, and encourages local residents to enter its first annual contest online at www.westmarine.com/green

As part of West Marine’s mission to support the protection of the local marine environments and to promote sustainable practices in the communities in which it does business, the company will honor one grand prize winner award with $10,000 – to be presented at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show in Miami Beach, Florida. West Marine’s competition is open to manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors of boating products throughout the United States.

“West Marine is fully committed to sustainable business practices that guarantee the future of our oceans and fosters innovation throughout the boating community,” said Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s VP of Product Information. “Through this contest, West Marine plans to attract all local marine innovators who are equally committed to West Marine’s ideals of sustainability and innovation.”

Judges confirmed for the first annual West Marine “Green Product of the Year Award”:

  • Mike Sutton from Center for the Future of the Oceans
  • Dr. Randy Kochevar from Stanford University
  • Ruth Wood, President, Boat US Foundation
  • Chuck Husick, President, Owa, Inc., former President of Cessna Aircraft and Chris-Craft Boats
  • Stan Honey, Ocean Racing Navigator, Founder of Etak and SportVision, Inventor of the “First Down Line”
  • Randy Repass, Chairman and Founder, West Marine

The panel of judges will evaluate entries based on how well the product actually improves the marine environment (and reduces pollutants) whether or not it is cost effective, how big of an impact it will make on the environment, and the degree of innovation involved.

Applicants can view the complete rules and entry requirements and complete an entry form online at www.westmarine.com/green. All product entries must be received by November 1, 2009 at 5 p.m. PST.