2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Boating Magazine

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Be the best gift giver in your family of boaters with our holiday gift guide.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Boating Magazine

Bad Santa may be a cult-favorite movie, but no one wants to earn that name in reality. Be the best gift giver in your family of boaters by choosing from this select list of gift ideas. We promise the saltiest of salts in your crew will love whatever you choose.

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Pads

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Pads

Bill Doster

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Pads
These pads are filled with a special paper that allows boaters to write on the pages without them getting mushy in rain, spray, or the general moisture of marine service. Great as a maintenance logbook, navigation log, guestbook, cruising diary or for recording fishing hot spots, they’re available in bound, stapled and spiral formats, and in hardcover as well, and come in many sizes and colors. $3.95 to $29.95; riteintherain.com

See Kevin Falvey’s review at boatingmag.com/we-test-rite-in-rain-waterproof-pads.

USPS Sharks Forever Stamps

USPS Sharks Forever Stamps

Bill Doster

USPS Sharks Forever Stamps
Mythologized and misunderstood, few creatures capture the imagination as sharks do. With this sheet of 20 stamps, the U.S. Postal Service showcases five types of these amazing fish. Boaters will surely be proud to post letters with these — or frame the sheet as a collectible. $9.80; usps.com

Corkcicle

Corkcicle

Bill Doster

Corkcicle
The thermal-cup wars are heating up. Corkcicle brings a dozen new products to boaters, some ideal for on the water. We like the easy-gripping flat sides and the closing Lexan lid of the 16-ounce tumbler ($24.95). The Artican ($19.95) keeps your 12-ounce beverage at brain-freeze temps all day, and the Canteen, well, think of the things that can chill securely in this screw-topped container. They are all available in too many colors to name. corkcicle.com

Bolt Key-Coded Locks

Bolt Key-Coded Locks

Bill Doster

Bolt Key-Coded Locks
Locks from Bolt can be matched to the ignition key for your tow vehicle. It takes five seconds to match up a lock. The trailer boater on your list is going to love these, especially the receiver locks and coupler-pin locks. Locks can be matched to keys from Chrysler, GM, Ford, Nissan and Toyota. Stainless-steel keyholes and locking mechanisms with rubberized shells for receiver locks help fight corrosion. Each lock carries a lifetime warranty. $25.99 for the receiver lock, $27.99 for the coupler-pin lock; etrailer.com

West Marine Mini LED Spotlight

West Marine Mini LED Spotlight

Bill Doster

West Marine Mini LED Spotlight
With a shatterproof lens and rubberized lens protector, this 250-lumen mini LED spotlight proves durable. A sturdy integrated stand allows hands-free use. It has up to eight hours of run time with fully charged batteries. $29.99; westmarine.com

Attwood Fast-Action Navigation Lights

Attwood Fast-Action Navigation Lights

Bill Doster

Attwood Fast-Action Navigation Lights
The composite poles are tough and flexible: They bend instead of breaking. Sportsmen appreciate the matte-black finish. These tough, waterproof LED navigation lights are available in 14-inch bi-color and 48-inch all-around white styles. $32 to $60; attwoodmarine.com

Yeti LoadOut Bucket

Yeti LoadOut Bucket

Bill Doster

Yeti LoadOut Bucket
Every boater knows you need a good bucket on board. The sturdy polyethylene Yeti bucket is meant to be a workhorse for handling cast nets, rubbish, bait or whatever gear you want. $39.99; yeti.com

Crocs Swiftwater River Sandals

Crocs Swiftwater River Sandals

Bill Doster

Crocs Swiftwater River Sandals
Wear these Crocs sandals in or out of the water and step where you want to step. The lightweight sandals hold up well to wet activities and keep your foot free and comfortable the whole time. $39.99; crocs.com

Sternlines Recycled Pot-Warp Mats

Sternlines Recycled Pot-Warp Mats

Bill Doster

Sternlines Recycled Pot-Warp Mats
What do you do with the piles of colorful line that lobstermen can no longer use? Create colorful and durable mats with a nautical flare! These stand up to foot traffic, whether on your boat, dock or even your front porch. They measure 19 inches by 30 inches. $44; sternlines.com

Columbia PFG Dorado Shoes

Columbia PFG Dorado Shoes

Bill Doster

Columbia PFG Dorado Shoes
Columbia’s PFG Dorado shoes are the most technical fishing shoes the company has developed. Features include quick-drying material, speed lacing and a plush insole. The uppers are finished with Blood ’n Guts water- and stain-resistant technology, and the outsole features Omni-Grip nonmarking, wet-grip technology, including razor siping for traction on wet decks. $70; columbia.com

Tommy Bahama Maritime Cologne

Tommy Bahama Maritime Cologne

Zach Stovall

Tommy Bahama Maritime Cologne
This scent evokes memories of long cruises and rugged adventures at sea. The reinvigorating scent is reminiscent of the salty sea air. $78; tommybahama.com

ScotteVest Docksider Shirt

ScotteVest Docksider Shirt

ScotteVest

ScotteVest Docksider Shirt
First, it’s a good-looking sport shirt. Second, it’s comfortable and that’s thanks to its generous, yet sleek cut and cool cotton, polyester and Spandex blend fabric. It’s thread dyed so it will stay looking crisp and bright, too. Then there are all those famous ScotteVest hidden pockets. Tuck your phone or smaller tablet into hidden pockets over either kidney. If you hardwire earphones, play them out through the port behind the collar. In the front, breast pockets have hidden compartments that will keep sunglasses secure and still hold larger items like a camera. And leave the money belt at home. Tuck your cash in the hidden zippered shirt tail pocket ideally sized for folding money and credit cards. $80; scottevest.com

Parker Dusseau All-Around Shorts

Parker Dusseau All-Around Shorts

Zach Stovall

Parker Dusseau All-Around Shorts
These are the boater’s answer to wearing shorts that can dry quickly from a dip off the swim platform and be ready to wear to the nearest dockside restaurant. The lightweight nylon fabric holds up well during a day on the water and stays sharp for later. $98; parkerdusseau.com

Royal Stabilis Anti-Spill Wine Glasses

Royal Stabilis Anti-Spill Wine Glasses

Bill Doster

Royal Stabilis Anti-Spill Wine Glasses
Nothing ruins white vinyl or takes longer to scrub out of your nonskid like a spilled glass of merlot. These anti-spill glasses use an innovative magnet system to keep the glasses upright and in place while out cruising. $99 for a set of red-wine glasses; amazon.com

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Zach Stovall

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker is a great addition for any boater who doesn’t have a stereo installed or wants to carry some extra audio oomph on board. Fully waterproof, it will hold up to the boating lifestyle. $99; jbl.com

Lego Ideas Old Fishing Store

Lego Ideas Old Fishing Store Find all the gear you need for a fantastic fishing trip at the Old Fishing Store! Walk up the steps from the beach into the shop selling fishing rods, hooks, harpoons, diving equipment, oxygen tanks and much more. Climb the ladder to the top of the watchtower and look through the telescope to enjoy the view. Then relax and read the newspaper in the office. Just make sure the cat or seagulls don’t eat the freshly caught fish hanging outside! $149.99 shop.lego.com

Lego Ideas

West Marine Men’s Third Reef Jacket

West Marine Men’s Third Reef Jacket

Bill Doster

West Marine Men’s Third Reef Jacket
This breathable membrane jacket has ample pockets and easy access with a one-handed zipper opening. The collar is a snug but comfortable mesh velour with an adjustable rain hood. A waist drawstring trims it out for a good look, and a drawstring bottom further seals out blowing rain. $249.99(jacket), $89.88 (bib); westmarine.com

SeaDek Dual-Density Helm Pad

SeaDek Dual-Density Helm Pad

Bill Doster

SeaDek Dual-Density Helm Pad
SeaDek’s latest helm pad combines an 18 mm low-density foam bottom that absorbs shock and reduces fatigue with a 3 mm medium-density top layer with a brushed texture for traction. Six heavy-duty hook-and-loop (aka Velcro) fasteners allow for easy removal for cleaning or to access hatches. It’s available in five popular color combos. $119.95; seadek.com

Sperry Women’s Saltwater Print Boot

Sperry Women’s Saltwater Print Boot

Bill Doster

Sperry Women’s Saltwater Print Boot
Perfect for wet-weather excursions, these boots are equipped with a waterproof rubber bottom. Rawhide barrel lacing with rustproof eyelets ensure a secure fit while a microfleece lining provides warmth. $119.95; westmarine.com

Weego N Series Portable Charger

Weego N Series Portable Charger

Bill Doster

Weego N Series Portable Charger
Never be stuck offshore with a dead battery again. This Weego portable charger jump-starts gas engines up to 7L, as well as 3.5L diesel engines. You can also use it to charge all your portable electronics devices. $149.99; myweego.com

West Marine Men’s Ostria Jacket

West Marine Men’s Ostria Jacket

Bill Doster

West Marine Men’s Ostria Jacket
This lightweight jacket is waterproof, windproof, and perfect for boating scenarios such as foggy morning departures or when the chop kicks up spray. It sports a foldaway hood and large zipper pockets and comes in black. $159; westmarine.com

Fell Marine MOB+ Multi FOB

Fell Marine MOB+ Multi FOB

Zach Stovall

Fell Marine MOB+ Multi FOB
The newest version of the Fell Marine’s MOB+ wireless kill switch stops the boat engine(s) if the skipper falls overboard, and it connects with three additional FOBs to sound an alarm if those crew members go over the side. The FOBs communicate with the Fell Marine xHub installed on the boat. The engine can be restarted after six seconds. The basic system is $199.99, with $19.99 for each crew FOB; fellmarine.com

West Marine Women’s Third Reef Jacket

West Marine Women’s Third Reef Jacket

Bill Doster

West Marine Women’s Third Reef Jacket
Three-layer technology takes Third Reef 3L jackets to new levels of waterproof and windproof performance while also being quick-drying and breathable. Available in red and Tuscany blue. $249; westmarine.com

Mercury Vessel View Module

Mercury VesselView Module

Mercury Marine

Mercury Vessel View App

The Mercury Vessel View app displays a range of data and information essential to boaters and anglers. Available for Android and iOS.

Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine VesselView Mobile
Mercury Marine Vessel View Mobile is a total information portal. The $275 plug-and-play device displays rpm, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature and trim on up to four engines, outboard or sterndrive. All you need is the free iOS or Android app. VesselView Mobile also monitors engine hours to notify you of what maintenance is due and when. With it, skippers can read engine-fault codes and know with certainty whether to return to port or catch the glitch at the next easy opportunity. mercury.vesselviewmobile.com/#/

Component Aviator Glasses

Component Aviator Glasses

Bill Doster

Component Aviator Glasses
Aviator-style frames never go out of style, and this pair of C-0305 aviators will keep your eyes protected and improve your view while out on the water. The nickel-alloy frames are lightweight yet sturdy. $285; thecomponentman.com

Ray52 VHF Radio with GPS

Ray52 VHF Radio with GPS

Bill Doster

Ray52 VHF Radio with GPS
The first line of safety in boating is good communications, and that comes from a VHF radio. This one, equipped with an internal GPS receiver, is a digital select calling radio designed to automatically send out a distress signal complete with your location. Best yet, it will keep repeating as long as the radio is powered up or until rescue. Always one of the clearest radios, the Ray52 boasts “audiophile sound” for the easiest communications. $349.99; westmarine.com

Stash Inflatable Cooler

Stash Inflatable Cooler

Bill Doster

Stash Inflatable Cooler
This cooler combines the easy stowage and nonmarking of a soft cooler with a rigid cooler’s capacity and ease of securing while in use. Built like a rugged inflatable boat, this cooler becomes rigid and capacious when inflated. Boaters on your list will be proud to boast about owning one. It’s available in sizes from 75 to 604 quarts. $399 to $999; westmarine.com

Globalstar GSP-1700

Globalstar GSP-1700

Bill Doster

Globalstar GSP-1700
Make sure the boater on your holiday list can communicate, no matter how far out to sea he ventures, with the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone. This portable phone is compact enough to stash in a glove box yet lets you talk to anyone around the world from anywhere at sea thanks to Globalstar’s constellation of communication satellites. Service plans start at $64.99 per year. $500 for phone and charger; satellitephonestore.com

Garmin Quatix 5 Watch

Garmin Quatix 5 Watch

Bill Doster

Garmin Quatix 5 Watch
Run your Wi-Fi-capable Garmin navigation displays, view your choice of content including speed, depth and position, and operate your autopilot with this crazy-capable sports watch. It will display text messages and active phone calls, which you can answer at a touch and talk via Bluetooth. Track your steps, heart rate, calories and sports activities. A golfer? Download nearly every golf course in the U.S. into it and you’ll know how far to the pin. There are dozens of downloadable watch-face displays, so your watch can be new yet familiar every day. Packaged with a leather and silicone band, a stainless-steel bracelet is optional. $599; garmin.com

Garmin Virb 360 Camera

Garmin Virb 360 Camera

Bill Doster

Garmin Virb 360 Camera
Garmin’s compact Virb 360 is a waterproof camera that captures video up to 5.7K/30 fps in a full circle. It features 4K Spherical Stabilization and four built-in microphones, and provides owners with customizable data overlays. Garmin’s free downloadable Virb app and desktop software let you edit, share and add data overlays. Voice control allows for start-and-stop video. Still-photo modes include single capture, burst and time lapse. With the Virb 360’s livestream capabilities, you can also post to YouTube or Facebook Live. $799.99; garmin.com

Minn Kota EO Electric Outboard

Minn Kota EO Electric Outboard

Bill Doster

Minn Kota EO Electric Outboard
Electric power continues to evolve, but fishermen can be credited with creating the demand for quiet, instant power that moves boats without disturbing fish. This 1 hp transom-mount electric outboard can be ideal for that application or for moving a pontoon boat up to 5 mph. Minn Kota’s Digital Maximizer extends battery life. $899.99; minnkotamotors.com

Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon

Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon

Lowrance

Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon
With a super-bright LED backlit display plus a speedy dual-core processor,the HDS 9 Carbon is quick enough to display Mercury VesselView while charting the bottom on sonar and integrated StructureScan 3D and HD. Control Power-Poles, Motorguide Smart Steer i5 and Outboard Pilot on the touch display simultaneously. Wi-Fi connectivity updates firmware and reports system status to Navico for easy, accurate service. $2,049; lowrance.com

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