top boating products7 new and innovative boating accessories and products selected as the 2014 best must-have gear

West Marine, the largest boating supply and accessories retailer in the U.S., recently unveiled its picks for top new innovative products at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. They chose 7 new product lines from a vast selection of over 85,000 products in their catalog and website as the best picks for 2014.

“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.

If you are looking to stay ahead of the curve with the best, most innovative boating products on the market, then take a look at West Marine’s top product picks.

Special Offers at West Marine

Be sure to take advantage of the discount promo code when buying online at West Marine to save on these top products and more:

Use code: WMAFF to save $15 on orders over $200

Simrad Nss9 fishfinder charplotter comboSimrad Nss9 Evo2 Fishfinder / Chartplotter Combo

The NSS evo2 combines form, fit and function in an easy-to-use, multi-function device. The integrated NSS evo2 MFD features a sleek display with TouchSensibleTM multi-touch interaction. TouchSensible provides precision interaction in any sea condition with its logical keypad input and rotary, push-to-enter knob. Plus, Simrad’s GoFree WiFi option allows viewing and control from compatible smart phones.

Cost: $2,599.
Buy it now: Simrad Nss9 Evo2 Fishfinder/chartplotter Combo at


SUP paddle craftPaddle Craft Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP)

The Paddle Craft SUP is the result of three years of development and introduces patented impact-resistant thermoSUP™ technology. Designed and engineered by Open Air Dynamics, the Paddle Craft combines a durable ABS shell, with a honeycomb waterproof foam core, resulting in a weight of only 31 pounds, making it easy to carry and transport. The Paddle Craft can accommodate up to 300 pounds.

Cost: $899.99
Buy it now: Tahoe Odssey 12′ Paddle Craft Stand Up Paddleboard at


Cayman Angler KayakWest Marine 11.5 Sit on Top Angler Kayak

Designed for the angler, this kayak offers an extremely stable platform for standing while casting, with enough buoyancy to support up to 500 pounds. The unique “double-decker” seat provides a low position for paddling and a high position for fishing, as well as a stand-up assist strap. Includes: 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, a pre-installed anchor trolley system, shock cord rigging for securing gear in the storage compartment and comfortable handles.

Cost: $549
Buy it now: West Marine Cayman 11.5 Sit On Top Angler


Thin Plate BatteryNorthStar Thin Plate Pure Lead AGM Battery

Never before has a battery manufacturer so cleverly engineered an 8D battery that has both the user and installer in mind. 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 also prevents the plates from sulfating; the number one cause of battery failure.

Cost: $439.99 – 1,144.99 (depending on size/minutes)
Buy it now: Northstar Thin Plate Pure Lead Absorbed Glass Matt (agm) Batteries at


monocularFraser Optics’ Stedi-Eye 14 x 40mm Monolite Monocular

For every vessel in any body of water, Fraser Optics’ Mariner Series 14 x 40mm Gyro-Stabilized Monolite Monocular delivers a clear advantage. Military grade and lightweight, it’s the world’s only gyro-stabilized monocular that removes up to 98% of image motion caused by hand or platform movement. The monocular is engineered using Fraser Optics’ STEDI-EYE® Technology.

Cost: $2,164
Buy it now: Fraser Optics Stedi Eye Monolite Monocular With Pouch at


VIRB action camera with Wi-Fi and GPSGarmin VIRB Elite Action Camera with Wi-Fi and GPS

The VIRB Elite is an HD action camera that combines enhanced video recording with Wi-Fi capability and advanced GPS functions. Plus, the VIRB Elite uses ANT+™ wireless connectivity allowing the Quatix watch to act as a remote control.

Cost: $399.99
Buy it now: Garmin Virb Elite; Action Camera With Fi; Gps; Accelerometer And Altimeter at

Accessory: The Garmin Quatix Gps Watch can start or stop the VIRB camera or have the VIRB take still images wirelessly.


Third Reef jacketsThird Reef Jackets and Bibs

West Marine’s best selling foul weather gear in the world just got better.The seventh-generation Third Reef Jacket is fully lined, yet breathable with light weight comfort. One hundred percent waterproof, the Oxford nylon outer shell has a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish. The articulated hood and brushed mesh collar have been improved by adding extra room so when the collar is fully zipped it will allow for the additional bulk of mid layers. Other improvements include cargo pockets that are now angled for easier access and super 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. The Third Reef Women’s Bibs still have the popular, ultra-convenient drop-seat, only now it has been redesigned with a single-side Velcro® opening for even easier use.

Cost: $169
Buy it now: West Marine Third Reef Jacket at (available in Men’s and Women’s sizes and colors)


Special Offers at West Marine

Be sure to take advantage of the discount promo code when buying online at West Marine to save on these top products and more:

Use code: WMAFF to save $15 on orders over $200

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Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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