West Marine- Boating Supplies and Water Sports Equipment and Services
West Marine is an American retailer specializing in boating and yachting related products and services. With over 40 years of experience under their belt, West Marine has become one of the leading boat supply retailers in the world. Customers can purchase products online or in one of the 300 plus stores which span across 38 states. West Marine stock a huge variety of boating products ranging from clothing and shoes to anchors and navigation equipment. Their range of 75,000 products provides boat enthusiasts with a one-stop shop for every nautical requirement. Whether for personal, professional or industrial needs, West Coast always ensures the highest quality products and services and a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff. Along with yacht and boat equipment and accessories, West Marine also offer products for fishing and other water sports including kayaking, tubing and swimming.
West Marine – Boating Supplies Since 1961
Randy Repass is the man behind West Marine. Repass took his passion for boating and in 1961 ventured into a modest business of selling ropes by mail order from a garage in Sunnyvale, California. The company was called West Coast Ropes. The first West Coast Ropes store opened in 1975 in Palo Alto. As well as ropes, the original store stocked a minimal supply of boating equipment including anchors and fenders. At the time Repass had noticed a gap in the market which stemmed from his frustration as a boating customer. He felt that the current boating supply stores at the time were all dark, disorganized and lacked any customer service. He quoted that boat stores were “staffed by a couple of salty, but indifferent clerks who preferred swapping sea stories with one another to helping customers find what they came in to buy.” Hos store continued to gain popularity and demand for a wider variety of products and services grew. West Marine remains one of the leading boat suppliers across the world.