This is an Employment Agreement ("Agreement") entered into as of the 1st day of May, 2002 ("Effective Date")
between West Marine, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and all of its subsidiary corporations (collectively, the
"Company"), each with its principal place of business at 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, California 95076,
and Russell Solt ("Executive"), residing at 202 3rd Street, P.O. Box 2142 Gearhart, Oregon 97138.
A. Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement to continue the employment of Executive on a full-
time basis as the Company's Secretary, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (collectively,
"CFO") for the "CFO Employment Term" (as defined in Section 3 below);
B. Upon the expiration of the CFO Employment Term, the Company and Executive desire to continue the
employment of Executive on a part-time basis as the Company's Director of Investor Relations ("IR Director")
for the "IR Employment Term" (as defined in Section 3 below); and
C. The parties intend by this Agreement to set forth all of the rights and obligations of Executive and the
Company in connection with the employment contemplated hereunder.
Therefore, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants contained in this Agreement, the parties
agree as follows:
1. Employment and Duties.
a. The Company hereby employs Executive on a full-time basis as the Company's CFO, Executive Vice
President and Secretary during the CFO Employment Period and Executive hereby accepts such employment,
subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
(i) In connection with such employment, Executive agrees to perform all duties consistent with such executive
status, and to perform such additional duties as are assigned to him from time to time by the Chief Executive
Officer and/or by the Board of Directors of the Company.
(ii) Moreover, Executive agrees to use his best efforts to ensure that the succession planning and training for the