West Marine, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear, and other water life-related products primarily in the United States. The company offers core boating products that comprise of maintenance, electronics, sailboat hardware, anchors/docking/moorings, engine systems, safety, electrical, plumbing, boats/outboards, ventilation, deck hardware/fasteners, navigation, trailering, seating/boat covers, and barbecues/appliances. It also provides apparel, footwear, and clothing accessories; and fishing, water sports, paddle sports, coolers, bikes, and cabin/galley merchandise. As of April 6, 2015, the company operated approximately 270 stores in 38 states of the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. West Marine, Inc. operates stores that serve professional customers, such as businesses involved in boat sales, boat building, boat commissioning and repair, yacht chartering, marina operations, and other boating-related activities, as well as government and industrial customers. It also sells products through direct-to-consumer sales channel, which include westmarine.com and portsupply.com e-commerce websites, direct mail catalogs, and call center. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Watsonville, California.