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2021 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Our Father’s Day Gift Guide is the best way to find great boating gifts for Dad.

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June 8, 2021
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Father's Day gifts for 2021
Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021 Boating Magazine

Buying a Father’s Day gift for the dad in your life isn’t always easy. The ol’ man already has just about everything under the sun. That is, of course, unless he’s a boating dad.

That changes everything. Now the field is wide open, with Father’s Day gift choices that range from a new piece of marine electronics, latest apparel and fishing tackle, marine accessories, watersports gear and tools for the DIY skipper.

To help you home in on the perfect boat gift for dad on this Father’s Day 2021, the Boating Tech Team has assembled a vast array of potential presents, boat gadgets for dad that cover a vast range of prices. In all, you will find here more than 25 different boat gift ideas for dad.

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Check out each and every one of these Father’s Day boat gifts, and watch Dad’s face light up when he receives one of these great boating presents on June 20.

More Gifts: We’ve got a large collection of the top boating gifts! Check out more of our gift guides, here.

Electronics

ResQFlare flashing LED from ACR for signaling
ACR ResQFlare Flashing LED Courtesy ACR Electronics

ACR ResQFlare

This gift will not only enhance boating safety, but will also save Dad money over the years. That’s because the new ResQFlare flashing LED from ACR can replaces traditional pyrotechnic flares for night-time signaling, negating the need to buy them ever few years. When combined with a distress flag, it meets United States Coast Guard emergency signaling requirements for many recreational boaters, day and night. ResQFlare emits Morse code for S-O-S upon activation and is visible for more than six miles. It is also waterproof and floats upright in the water. $79.99 (with USCG certified distress flag); acrartex.com.

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Icom M94D Handheld VHF for contacting other boats while on the water
Icom M94D Handheld VHF Courtesy Icom

Icom M94D Handheld VHF

If Pops doesn’t have a handheld VHF, here’s the perfect Father’s Day gift—the new M94D from Icom. It’s the first handheld VHF with a built-in AIS receiver, enabling boaters to track AIS-equipped vessels on the radio display for greater safety. Plus, the DSC function enables automatic distress calls with the rear panel button. The M94D features 6 watts of transmission power and battery power for operation up to 10 hours.The Float’n Flash function helps locate the floating, waterproof radio if it goes in drink, and AquaQuake sheds water once the VHF is recovered. $299.99; icomamerica.com

The Siren 3 Pro will track your boat
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Siren 3 Pro

Give Dad the peace of mind with the Siren 3 Pro. It links up with the Siren Marine app for vessel monitoring and control from a mobile device. It offers built-in GPS tracking, worldwide LTE cellular connectivity and works with a range of wireless and wired sensors. It allows for geofence security alerts and monitoring of bilge pump activity, battery health, battery switch status, shore power status and more. Built-in NMEA 2000 connectivity enables remote digital switching with systems such as CZone. For Father’s Day, Siren Marine will include a free Amazon Echo Dot smart home speaker with the purchase of a Siren 3 Pro, so Dad can talk to his boat to find out where it is and how it’s doing. $749, plus $15/month cellular service fee; sirenmarine.com

The Dakota Lithium 12V 100Ah Battery charges faster and weighs less
Dakota Lithium 12V 100Ah Battery Courtesy Dakota Lithium

Dakota Lithium 12V 100Ah Battery

Give Dad a power trip with a 12V 100Ah deep-cycle battery from Dakota Lithium. The price tag may seem steep, until you consider the advantages of the company’s Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) technology, its light weight of 31 pounds, about half that of comparable Group 31 lead acid batteries. With its flat voltage curve, your electronic trolling motors and electronics get all the power down to the last drop, for double the usable power of traditional lead-acid batteries. The Dakota Lithum also charges faster, lasts four times longer and comes with an 11-year warranty. $899; dakotalithium.com

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The Clarion CMSP Speakers bring incredible audio to the water
Clarion CMSP Speakers Courtesy Clarion Marine

Clarion CMSP Speakers

Give Dad the gift of high-fidelity audo with Clarion Marine’s premium CMSP line of 6.5- and 7.7-inch coaxial speakers, as well as a 10-inch subwoofer. The bridge-mounted silk-dome tweeter with neodymium magnet and ferrofluid cooling enhances the coaxials high-frequency detail. The subwoofer is optimized for infinite-baffle applications, which eliminates the need for a dedicated enclosure. Gunmetal and white grilles are included with coaxials. Subwoofer grilles are sold separately. LED RGB lighting is available. Starting at $149.99/pair for coaxials, $179.99 for subwoofer; clarionmarine.com

Protect yourself from a dead battery with the Weego N44s Jump Starter
Weego N44s Jump Starter Courtesy Weego

Weego N44s Jump Starter

The next time Dad experiences a dead battery, he will thank you profusely for giving him the N44s from Weego. It uses the latest in power management to create peak current of 1,700 amp and cranking current of 440 amps. The N44s can start up to 7-liter gas engines and up to 3.5-liter diesels. It provides a year of standby power on a single charge. It comes with Smarty Clamps for battery terminal connections, a micro USB cord for recharging, and a carry bag. Anti-spark, reverse polarity, overheat and power surge protections are built in. The N44s conforms to UL Standard 2743, and is rated IP65 for water, dust and dirt resistance. $92.99; myweego.com

Keep batteries topped off with the ProMariner ProSportHD 8 Battery Charger
ProMariner ProSportHD 8 Battery Charger Courtesy ProMariner

ProMariner ProSportHD 8 Battery Charger

Make sure the batteries in Pops’ boat stay charged by giving him the ProSportHD 8–one of five new smart battery chargers in the ProSportHD series from Pro Mariner. Each features a tri-surface heat-sink design for optimal cooling and faster charging. They are fully automatic multi-stage chargers that enhance battery performance and longevity. A switch on the front lets you choose charging profiles for flooded-cell, AGM or gel batteries, and LEDs show charging status. Distributed-on-Demand technology directs charging power to the batteries most in need. $139.99 for the ProSportHD 8, delcity.net

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Get clear views underwater with the AquaVu Multi-Vu Pro Underwater Video System
AquaVu Multi-Vu Pro Underwater Video System Courtesy AquaVu

AquaVu Multi-Vu Pro Underwater Video System

Dad will love the opportunity to see underwater without getting wet with the AquaVu Multi-Vu Pro converts any video-enable multifunction displays into a real-time video screen to view the waters under the surface. It includes a 720p camera that connects to the Multi-Vu Pro model, which networks via RCA or HDMI cable to your MFD. Or you can connect to an onboard TV and let everyone watch. Lower the camera to the depths with the 75-foot cable and check out the latest episode of Neptune’s World. $799.99; aquavu.com

The Si-Tex SP-120C Autopilot will keep you on course
Si-Tex SP-120C Autopilot Courtesy Si-Tex

Si-Tex SP-120C Autopilot

Ease Dad’s task behind the wheel by giving him the SP-120C color autopilot from Si-Tex this Father’s Day. It features the same 4.3-inch square footprint as the popular SP-110, but with a new operating system, graphic display and features like GPS/Wind Steering. It can use either a rudder feedback sensor or GPS input (via NMEA 0183 networking) to serve as virtual rudder feedback. Ideal for boats up to 38 feet in length with mechanical or hydraulic steering. $2,199 with hydraulic pump and electronic gyro rate compass; si-tex.com

Keep the lines of communication open with the Vesper Cortex VHF/AIS w/Cordless Mic/handset
Vesper Cortex VHF/AIS w/Cordless Mic/Handset Courtesy Vesper Marine

Vesper Cortex VHF/AIS w/Cordless Mic/Handset

VHF radio meets smartphone in the Vesper Cortex VHF AIS radio. It shares your VHF antenna with a jumper. The black box mounts below deck or anywhere convenient. The handset is a large touch screen (think iPhone 11) with the easiest touch interface to jump between making DSC calls to individual numbers, chartplotting, maintaining an electronic lookout for other vessels and making and receiving standard VHF calls and NOAA weather broadcasts. Both hardwired handsets and wireless handsets are available. $1849; thegpsstore.com

Upgrade your boat's stereo with the JL Marine Audio Starter Kit
JL Marine Audio Starter Kit Courtesy JL Marine

JL Marine Audio Starter Kit

Do Dad and all of his boating friends a favor by replacing that aging boat stereo with the JL Marine Audio Starter Kit for Father’s Day. It is designed for boaters looking to upgrade an older stock system or add a quality two-speaker stereo. Ideal for smaller center consoles and bay boats, the kit features a MediaMaster MM-50 marine source unit with a 2.8-inch, full-color LCD display with Bluetooth and NMEA-2000 connectivity, and a 100-watt amplifier. The kit also includes pair of 6.5-inch JL Marine Audio coaxial speakers designed for harsh marine used with white sport grilles and an AM/FM hide-away antenna. $629.99; jlaudio.com

Target fish with the AEE Drones Fishing Drone
AEE Drones Fishing Drone Courtesy AEE USA

AEE Drones Fishing Drone

Even the best anglers can’t get to casting distance of some of the best fishing. Surf fishermen, for example, use this drone to carry their bait far offshore and drop it, push the home button and set the controls down while the drone returns to its take off point. That leaves the anglers hands free to flip the bail, lock the real, adjust line tension and all the other things to ready for the bite. When the fish are biting 300 yards offshore, this drone will reach out and touch them with your bait. $999; AEEUSA.com

Provide an accurate location with the Garmin MSC 10 Marine Satellite Compass
Garmin MSC 10 Marine Satellite Compass Courtesy Garmin

Garmin MSC 10 Marine Satellite Compass

The MSC 10 uses GNSS and a built-in heading and reference system to provide location accuracy to within 2 degrees. Unlike traditional compasses, this GPS-based compass system is not affected by magnetic interference. It is NMEA compatible and syncs with your Garmin chartplotter. $1,099.99, garmin.com

GoFish Cam will show you fish underwater
GoFish Cam Courtesy GoFish Cam

GoFish Cam

Tie this rugged waterproof, 4-inch long, 3.3 ounce camera between your line and leader and not only get the bite, catch the catch on high definition 1080P video. The camera’s wifi system will transfer images to your smartphone from a micro SD card for review right on the water. The camera records continuously but creates 1-, 3-, 5- or 10-minute long clips for easy management. $199 or $249 with 1-year loss prevention. gofishcam.com

Gear

Keep drinks and food cold with the Taiga Hemp Molded Cooler
Taiga Hemp Molded Cooler Courtesy Taiga

Taiga Hemp Molded Cooler

You can’t smoke it but it’s made with hemp, a renewable resource that produces a plastic-like compound that reduces the carbon footprint of its manufacturing. The premium cooler is rugged, lockable and ready to keep your beverages cold for days. It holds 27 quarts. It’s sturdy enough to stand on and its modular construction makes it easily repairable if you manage to, say, run over it or drop it from your pickup truck on the highway. $199.00, taigacoolers.com

Chaffiot Cigars blend smoothness with taste
Chaffiot Cigars Courtesy Chaffiot Cigars

Chaffiot Cigars

Chaffiot Cigars is fighting vice with vice. Each cigar, sale contributes to the fight against human trafficking. Carefully blended, rolled and wrapped both draw smoothly, stay lit as you reflect on all things good. SeeNo Evil is a medium full (5×54; $33 for three) bodied cigar, expression cocoa, earth and espresso and San Andres dark wrapper is supple and, peppery and sweet. Brother’s Keeper (6×52; $30 for 3) smokes cool with an Ecuadoran Habano Oscuro wrapper is as close to Cuban as you can get without smuggling. Medium heavy in body, easy to draw and a little more pepper on the first draw than usual, she cools down after a few puffs. chaffiotcollection.com

Get your crew cool with the Taylor Made Anchor Shade
Taylor Made Anchor Shade Courtesy Taylor Made

Taylor Made Anchor Shade

You need shade on board? Taylor Made has it for you and at a pretty low, low price. We popped up this umbrella-like shade and stuck it in a table socket in the deck. Its rubber post bottom will stick by friction to a smooth or carpeted surface and remain firm if you lash down the corner straps. It stows in a handy nylon bag and fits in a ski or rod locker when not in use. $131.39, taylormadeproducts.com

The Costa Sunglasses Fantail Pro will protect your eyes
Costa Sunglasses Fantail Pro Courtesy Costa

Costa Sunglasses Fantail Pro

Costa’s 580 lens technology is renowned in the industry for clarity, lightness, durability and scratch resistance. These frames are thinner, sleeker and vented to keep humidity from fogging lenses and sweat from accumulating under the frames. Green reflective lenses look great, block glare from the water or highway and ease eye fatigue. $249, costadelmar.com

Bubba Bahura Shorts are perfect for the avid angler
Bubba Bahura Shorts Courtesy Bubba

Bubba Bahura Shorts

Bahura™ activewear Hybrid style shorts are geared toward extreme comfort for the avid male angler. Made with a pocket specifically for your fishing pliers, you’ll have everything you need on hand for easy access. Nylon Taslan fabric is used to reinforce the plier pockets as it’s a durable woven fabric made with a tight weave. Above the pocket is a lanyard friendly D-ring for added security. The Durable Water-Resistant (DWR) polyester from the shorts’ main body is moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor absorbent. Our Bahura™ Shorts are constructed with solar shade UV protection to keep you protected while on the water. Available in French Blue (shown) and Charcoal. $79.99, bubba.com

Keep things cool for hours with the DAM 25
DAM Coolers DAM 25 Courtesy DAM Coolers

DAM Coolers DAM 25

What’s cool about the DAM cooler, besides keeping your stuff cool, is that it comes with adjustable dividers on the inside so that you can separate your food and beverages and other things you need chilled (like frozen bait) so that they’re not all crammed into one icey mix. The vacuum-insulated panels allow for thinner walls and more interior volume while still keeping ice intact for hours. Comes in four colors. $159, damcoolers.com

The Pirani Reusable Tumbler cuts down on waste while keeping drinks cold
Pirani Reusable Tumbler Courtesy Pirani

Pirani Reusable Tumbler

The red solo cup is an iconic item in the history of having a good time. Now you don’t need to buy a sleeve to have a good time, with this reusable party cup. This stainless-steel 16-ounce tumbler is insulated to keep drinks cool for up to 12 hours and hot for up to 5, and is dishwasher safe. Comes with a leak-proof lid and is designed to fit most cupholders. $24.95, pirani.life

Maintenance

Make repairs with the Pettit EZ-Tex Epoxy
Pettit EZ-Tex Epoxy Courtesy Pettit

Pettit EZ-Tex Epoxy

EZ-Tex is an easy to use marine epoxy repair compound for use where a high strength, waterproof, permanent repair is needed. This unique formula creates a tenacious bond to most surfaces. Its buttery consistency will not sag or shrink and is excellent for filling cracks, gouges and voids. A 1:1 ratio makes mixing easy. EZ-Tex can be sanded, drilled, tapped, sawed and painted once cured. $16 (4 oz.) / $40 (16 oz) jamestowndistributors.com

The Cigotu Socket Adapter Set makes repairs easy
Cigotu Socket Adapter Set Courtesy Newtec

Cigotu Socket Adapter Set

Boating fathers who like DIY will love this socket adapter from Newtec. With it, dad can use his existing socket wrenches in combination with his drill motor for quicker and speedier tightening and loosening of nuts and other fasteners. Great for removing rusty trailer wheel lug nuts, or driving heavy duty lag screws when installing dock hardware or even removing prop nuts. Dad can even use the right angle (105-degree) adapter for tight spots. Endless uses for this handy adapter set. Adapters for ¼,” 3/8,” and ½” sockets plus 105-deree adapter. amazon.com, $17.99

Stay comfortable while fishing with the Millenium B100 Boat Seat
Millenium B100 Boat Seat Courtesy Millennium Marine

Millenium B100 Boat Seat

The B100 Boat Seats lets anglers sit back and relax or cast and reel all day long. They feature an adjustable folding backrest with lumbar support, which folds down flatter than competitors’ seats, allowing better visibility when the boat is underway. The included armrest straps help support the seat back when it’s unfolded and allow extra comfort for the anglers. With a generous 19″ wide by 16.5″ deep seat bottom, the B100 provides unmatched comfort from all angles that diehard anglers will appreciate. Available in gray, green, or tan. $119.99, millenniummarine.com

Safety

Stay safe on the water with a Sea Tow Membership
Sea Tow Membership Courtesy Sea Tow

Sea Tow Membership

The choice of over 95% of Sea Tow members. This card provides membership benefits for any recreational vessel that has an engine and is registered to or owned by the member (covered vessels). Any person operating a covered vessel is entitled to receive membership benefits for that vessel. The Gold Card member may also use his/her privileges on any vessel he/she charters, rents, leases or borrows. seatow.com, $179/ year

The Mustang M.I.T 100 Lifejacket will protect you and your crew
Mustang M.I.T 100 Lifejacket Courtesy Mustang Survival

Mustang M.I.T 100 Lifejacket

Your boating dad can wear the same lifejacket chose for field wear by the Boating Tech Team while testing boats. Yes, this Father’s Day, give the gift of safety with the Mustang M.I.T100 manually inflatable lifejacket. Recreational Type III (Meets minimum buoyancy rating of 22.5 LBS), Commercial Type V (Type III performance approved only when worn). Exclusive Membrane Inflatable Technology creates a secure yet comfortable fit. Comes in a variety of colors, including the Black/ Fluorescent Yellow used by Boating editors. $139.99, mustangsurvival.com

Keep the big fish away with the Sharkbanz 2 Shark Deterrent
Sharkbanz 2 Shark Deterrent Courtesy Sharkbanz

Sharkbanz 2 Shark Deterrent

If your boating dad likes to swim, paddleboard, kayak, ski or otherwise get in the water where sharks might also live, give him the gift of Sharkbanz for Father’s Day. Available as a wristband / ankle band in a range of colors ( Also available as a fishing sinker style to keep sharks from attacking a fishing dad’s catch).Shark possess electroreceptors (Ampullae of Lorenzini) and lateral line canals connected to the seawater by pores on their snouts. When a fish swim it creates a change in the surrounding geomagnetic field that sharks can detect with these electrically sensitive, gel-filled canals. The magnetic repellant in Sharkbanz uses this physiology to deter sharks. It is magnetic, no battery or charging is required. $84 (band)/ $75 (6.5-ounce Fishing Weight), sharkbanz.com

See in the dark with the Nite Ize Radiant 300 Headlamp
Nite Ize Radiant 300 Headlamp Courtesy Nite Ize

Nite Ize Radiant 300 Headlamp

If Dad is a DIYer, he’ll love the Nite Ize Radiant 300 rechargeable headlamp. It combines powerful LEDs with a micro-USB recharging port, a dim-able spot-light (300 lumens max) and flood-lights (55 lumens max). You can tilt the beams 90 degrees downward to focus on the work at hand. The LED array for the flood light is dual-color: Choose white or red to help preserve night vision. A single charge of the lithium-ion battery will last for up to 36 hours at the lowest setting, and it recharges in 2 hours. The Radiant 300 has an IPX4 waterproof rating. Available in blue or green. $49.99; niteize.com (See our test at boatingmag.com/nite-ize-headlamp)

Protect yourself from the sun with the Zhik UVActive Shirt
Zhik UVActive Shirt Courtesy Zhik

Zhik UVActive Shirt

Help protect dad from the sun’s harmful rays with this Zhik long-sleeve shirt that blocks 99.5 percent of UVA and UVB rays, providing protection beyond 50 SPF even when wet. The breathable and moisture-wicking fabric is great for hot days on the water. $44.99, zhik.com

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