West Marine to name ‘Green Product’ winner at Miami Boat Show

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — West Marine will announce the grand prize winner of its first annual “Green Product of the Year” contest at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show, the company said in a release. The $10,000 prize will be presented by Randy Repass, West Marine founder and chairman, on Feb. 11 at 10:15 a.m. in the West Marine booth.

“As part of West Marine’s mission to ‘preserve and protect the marine environment’ we launched the Green Product of the Year contest,” Repass said in the release. “Our desire is to spur invention and development of green boating products. We had some terrific entries and hope to have even more next year.”

The panel of judges who selected the green product of the year were Randy Kochevar, Stanford University; Mike Sutton, Center for the Future of the Oceans; Chuck Hawley, VP Product Information, West Marine; 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; and Randy Repass.

Judging criteria for the contest includes eco-effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, applicability and breadth of market impact, degree of innovation and originality, and compliance with official rules.

West Marine said it received more than 40 entries for the contest.

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