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Triton networks with West Marine

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Date(s) - Dec 2, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

West Marine


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Dec. 2 The Triton’s monthly networking event (the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.) with West Marine, Ft. Lauderdale. Join us for casual networking, no RSVP required.

Join the annual search for nutcrackers during Triton networking on the first Wednesday in December at West Marine’s largest store.

Captains, crew and industry professionals are invited to casual networking on Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the California-based company’s flagship store in Ft. Lauderdale at the southwest corner of South Andrews Avenue and State Road 84.

Until then, learn more from Jon Rickers, sales manager of South Florida West Marine Megayacht Supply.

  1. Tell us about the Ft. Lauderdale West Marine.

Ft. Lauderdale is the largest of our 280 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At 50,000 square feet, we have an extensive selection of products. In addition to our strong core selection, we have a fishing department that rigs lines and tackle, a full-service rigging department for everything from dock lines to lifelines, and a generous electronics department.

We’ve also expanded our apparel, footwear and accessories department to over 18,000 square feet. We stock over 35,000 different products on site and keep 50,000 more in our South Carolina depot, which delivers overnight Monday through Friday.

The store also houses our Port Supply hub that services our wholesale and Mega Yacht Supply accounts.

  1. What is West Marine Mega Yacht Supply?

West Marine Mega Yacht Supply is an account designed for professional yacht captains and crew operating under the wholesale Port Supply (PS) division of West Marine. Mega Yacht Supply customers receive a great discount at all of our 280 stores across the country and online at We also offer free delivery when docked near one of our 28 PS hubs across the country.

Captains can sign-up by filling out an application and providing a copy of both their captain’s license and vessel registration (vessels over 60 feet).

  1. What is your background in the industry?

Growing up on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Va., I’ve always spent time on the water. My father was an avid waterman, teaching me about fishing and surfing from an early age.

After graduating college with a finance degree in 2009, I started in banking and was instantly bored. I moved on to supervise the marina at Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, Va., where I learned about yachting and the prospect of saving money while traveling and surfing.

Winter came, the marina slowed, and I jumped on an 89-foot schooner that was headed for St. Thomas, USVI. I dayworked and freelanced and found a full-time position on the 160-foot M/Y Match Point in 2011. I have worked on the classic 89-foot Hatteras M/Y Esprit D’IV and on the refit of the 145-foot M/Y Island Heiress.

After a year of yard life, I was offered the job with West Marine. It yields a great opportunity to meet people’s needs and continue to network in an industry that I’m fascinated with.

  1. Tell us about your West Advisor articles. What sections are pertinent to yachts?

West Marine is comprised of many experienced boaters, and these salts love to share their experiences with us. We provide more than 200 articles and videos on to help boaters troubleshoot a variety of issues. There is a wealth of material designed for the recreational boater but still pertinent to yacht crew including watersports, safety, fishing, navigation, engine systems, anchoring, electronics and more.

West Marine has hosted our December networking event for the past several years. In keeping with the holiday tradition, about a dozen nutcrackers will be hidden around the store. Find one and get entered into a drawing for fun West Marine prizes including a GoPro, tool set and spotlight. West Marine is located at 2401 S. Andrews Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale (33316). Contact the store at +1 954-400-5323 and online at

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