If you have invented a green product in the fishing, watersports, boating or sailing fields, you have no excuse not to set sail for the contest for a chance to win $10,000 from West Marine!
West Marine, the largest seller of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, is hosting their search to recognize and award the most environmentally green watersport-related gear on the market for its fifth annual contest. Seriously, if you work in the boating (or any number of industries associated with boating) and you have developed a clean and innovative product, you should throw your invention into the running for both the exposure at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show, as well the opportunity to go home with the $10,000 prize. You’ve got nothing to lose, and so much to gain either way!
The judges will look for products that satisfy the following criteria: The device’s effectiveness when compared to competitive products, its pricing, the item’s potential environmental impact, the level of genuine innovation used to create the product, when the item will be available to the public (2013 or 2014), as well as proof that your product measures up to all of the above standards.
There two winners of the 2013 West Marine Green Product of the Year contest were Attwood's Fuel Demand Valve, which prevents engines from leaking or flooding with fuel, and West Marine CFA Bottom Paint, the first ever copper-free, dual biocide, water-based ablative antifouling paint to inhibit slime growth. If you have a product that makes enjoying the waves almost as green as riding an orca around, you’ll want to click here to enter the contest, or here to read over the official rules. You only have until November 22, 2013 to enter your product, so get to it and good luck!
Sources: Boating Industry, West Marine