Just in time for holiday shopping, here are 10 great gifts for boaters
As we approach the holiday season, malls bristle with shoppers, all looking for just the right gift. Not quite sure what to get the boater in your life? Just in time for holiday shopping we present the holiday gift guide for boaters.
Customized Boat Name Gear
Boat Name Gear sells a full line of nautical-themed t-shirts, Polos, blankets and more – all of which can be embroidered with your boat’s name. They can also customize hard goods like life rings, bottle openers, cheese boards and BBQ sets. Pricing varies, but with an extensive product line there really is something here or everyone. Polos are around $35, pullovers about $60.
Lure of the Month Club
It’s the gift that keeps on giving for the avid angler in the family. A subscription to the Lure of the Month Club delivers a selection of quality lures each month, perfect for weekend warriors and pros alike. Subscriptions are $25 per month, or $40 per month to get pro-level stuff.
Nautical Themed Bracelets and Belts
Perfect for both men and women, Lemon and Line offers a wide range of eye-catching, boating-themed bracelets. Pricing varies, with most in the $35 to $50 range.
Subscription to a Favorite Boating Magazine
If there’s one thing about boaters, we all love to read. So set your beloved up with a subscription to their favorite boating magazine so they can escape to the sea any time they please – even in the grip of a icy winter. Pricing obviously varies, with most in the $25 to $30 range.
Sperry Boat Shoes
Paul Sperry created the original boat shoe in 1935 after he nearly slid overboard after slipping on a wet deck. Noting that his dog had no traction troubles, he designed a comfortable shoe with a gum rubber sole with grooves cut in it, mimicking the pattern on his dog’s paws. His idea worked so well that Sperry Boat Shoes became the official shoe of US Navy in WW2, and remain the choice of boaters worldwide to this day. Most styles are around $100.
Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Cam
Garmin’s latest action camera boasts a ton of innovative features, including voice control (“Garmin, take a picture!”), 4k video, time lapse, a full color touch screen on the back of the unit, and the ability to stream live on YouTube. Watch out, GoPro, this is a pretty slick camera. Suggested retail is $399.
seaEQ Long Fender
The innovative seaEQ Long Fender is made from a tear-resistant polyester skin that encases closed-cell PVC foam. Providing greater coverage than traditional tube-style fenders, it protects the boat while folding flat for storage. About $200.
Rapala Fish Knife
The original Rapala Fish ‘N Fillet knife remains a stable aboard boats all around the world for more than 50 years. Durable, inexpensive, and sharp enough for major surgery, the ubiquitous Rapala knife isn’t just the best filleting knife of all time, it neatly slices lines, cables, small wires and anything else that needs to be in more than one piece. Nothing holds an edge longer. Available in a wide range of sizes, each with a durable leather sheath. Around $20.
Leica Ultravid HD-Plus Binoculars
No boat is complete without a good quality set of binoculars, and no binoculars top the German-made Leica Ultravid HD-Plus. Available in a range of sizes for different applications, the Ultravids are super-lightweight, insanely durable and pin-sharp with superb color and contrast. Straight up – no finer optics for boaters exist. Most models are about $2,000.
What better gift for a boater than an actual boat? Silverfast is a 252-foot luxury yacht that sleeps 18 and comes with every amenity a modern-day Bond villain could want, including helicopter landing pad, spa, full gym, beauty salon and state of the art security system. The asking price? A cool $84.2 million. It might be tough to wrap, but it would definitely make a splash.