West Marine Web Site Hosts "Garmin-A-Day GPS Give-Away"

West Marine, the nation's largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and apparel, has the best gifts for avid boaters, anglers, water sport enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

West Marine Web Site Hosts  "Garmin-A-Day GPS Give-Away" From
October 15- December 15, 2004

West Marine, the nation's largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and apparel, has the best gifts for avid boaters, anglers, water sport enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. West Marine makes holiday shopping simple for its customers by featuring three ways to purchase great gifts ? at one of its 355 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, online at westmarine.com or in its holiday catalog by calling 1-800-BOATING.

From October 15, 2004 - December 15, 2004, West Marine will give away a free Garmin Geko 201 GPS unit, valued at $150, online at westmarine.com. West Marine customers can register online to win, no purchase necessary. Accurate to within 10 feet, the Geko 201 is a handheld GPS unit that allows more waypoint and route storage, as well as available PC and external power connectivity, and built-in WAAS capability. In addition, the Geko 201 boasts a user-configurable trip computer and 10,000 track points, as well as other useful tools.

"We're excited to offer our customers the biggest and broadest selection of gifts this holiday season for boaters and water enthusiasts of every level," said John Edmondson, chief executive officer, West Marine. "We strive to make shopping simple and because of this we have put together some great offers through our Web site this holiday season."

Gifts for Boaters
Submersible hand held VHF radios and portable phones will always keep you in touch with your loved one. A hand held compass, a digital wind scribe, or a hand held GPS unit is a great stocking stuffer for sailors. Portable GPS devices are also popular for any mariner ? it provides accurate navigation afloat or ashore.

Gifts for Anglers
For fishfinding power - right at your fingertips ? West Marine features the newest digital technology in an affordable color sounder. Raymarine's High Definition Fish Imaging (HDFI) system uses an innovative, digitally adaptive transmitter and receiver that automatically adjust for water depth to provide the clearest possible high-resolution color image of fish targets and structure.

Don't miss the rod case for traveling anglers on the go! Roll all your fishing rods from your car, home or dock to your boat safely, quickly and easily. West Marine also carries the biggest selection rods, reel and tackle for the avid angler.

Portable, all-hazards weather radio tunes you in to countrywide NOAA weather information and receives 24-hour weather broadcasts and emergency warnings. Water-resistant radio also filters warnings with Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) to help eliminate emergency broadcasts from non-local sources. Includes digital clock and stand.

Shopping Made Easy with West Advisor
All these great gift ideas are available at your local West Marine store, through the company catalog by calling 1.800.BOATING or online at www.westmarine.com. Should a customer require guidance in picking the perfect gift, visit westmarine.com and click on "West Advisor" for expert advice and informative product information on boating apparel and supplies that makes shopping a cinch.

About West Marine
West Marine, Inc. is the nation's largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and apparel, with more than 355 stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and more than $600 million in annual sales. The Company's catalog and Internet site offer more than 50,000 products - far more than any competitor - and the convenience of being able to exchange Internet purchases at West Marine retail stores. The Company's Port Supply division is the country's largest wholesale distributor of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies.  For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).