Marine retail chain, West Marine, announced its top product picks for 2014. Headquartered in Watsonville, California, the retailer made the announcement at the recently concluded 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.
West Marine's Top Picks for 2014:
Simrad NSS9 evo2 Series: The integrated NSS evo2 MFD features a sleek display with TouchSensible multi-touch interaction. TouchSensible provides precision interaction in any sea condition with its logical keypad input and rotary, push-to-enter knob. The unit's GoFree WiFi option allows viewing and control from compatible smart phones.
Paddle Craft Stand-Up Paddleboard: The Paddle Craft SUP introduces impact-resistant thermoSUP technology. Designed and engineered by Open Air Dynamics, the Paddle Craft combines a ABS shell, with a honeycomb waterproof foam core, resulting in a weight of only 31 pounds. The unit can accommodate up to 300 pounds.
Cayman 11.5 Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak: Designed for the angler, this kayak offers a stable platform for standing while casting, with enough buoyancy to support up to 500 pounds. Its double-decker seat provides a low position for paddling and a high position for fishing, as well as a stand-up assist strap. The Cayman 11.5 also has 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. It 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.
NorthStar Thin Plate Pure Lead AGM Batteries: According to West Marine, 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 is also said to prevent the plates from sulfating; a common cause of battery failure.
Fraser Optics' Stedi-Eye 14 x 40mm Monolite Monocular: Fraser Optics' Mariner Series 14x40mm Gyro-Stabilized Monolite Monocular features military grade construction and a lightweight design. It's said to remove up to 98 percent of image motion caused by hand or platform movement.
Garmin Virb Elite, Action Camera with Wi-Fi and GPS: The VIRB Elite is an HD action camera that combines video recording with Wi-Fi capability and GPS functions. The unit has 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 seventh-generation Third Reef Jacket is fully lined, yet breathable with light weight comfort. Completely percent waterproof, the Oxford nylon outer shell has a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish. Its articulated hood and brushed mesh collar have been improved by adding extra room so when the collar is fully zipped. Other improvements include cargo pockets that are now angled for easier access and 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.
All of West Marine's selected products are arriving this spring.