If you’re a last-minute shopper, or you have some cash over the holidays that you want to spend, here are some items that will appeal to gift givers and receivers.
The off-season is a great time to have your propeller work done, and BBlades is making it worth your while to have your boat’s wheels fine-tuned. During the months of January and February, BBlades will inspect and repair your stainless-steel propeller, perform lab finishing to maximize the performance of your prop or customize any propeller for only $85 an hour. BBlades also has gift certificates available at www.bblades.com.
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The biggest name in performance marine engines, Mercury Racing also has an extensive apparel line for men, women and kids. The Men’s Synapse Jacket is made of 91 percent polyester and 9 percent spandex knit. It features heather color blocks, a heat-sealed MP3 pocket and two side-zipper pockets. It comes in black, of course, for $54.49 and is available in a variety of sizes. Find it under the merchandise tab at www.mercuryracing.com.
For those who prefer to zip their sweatshirts instead of pulling them over their heads, Evinrude has the Navy Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. The engine manufacturer has a full line of apparel in men’s, women’s and kids’ sizes for fans of direct-injected two-stroke outboards. The Navy Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt comes with drawstrings for pulling the hood tight and is priced at $55.99 at www.evinrude.com.
The New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club is bringing back its popular calendar for 2017, and the cover is, appropriately, the 37-foot Outerlimits Wild Child, a photo that was taken by Tim Sharkey of Sharkey Images in 2010. The boat was being throttled by Tom Healy, a well-known New Jersey performance boater who recently passed away. There will be 2,000 calendars printed, and they will be given away at the New York City and Atlantic City boat shows this winter. Advertising space is available for $500 for a full page and $250 for a half-page. Check out www.njpbc.com.
Former offshore powerboat racer Michael Stancombe has directed his passion for performance on the water to his new company, Pro Marine RC Boats. All the boats at Pro Marine RC are built with hand-laid fiberglass, custom graphics designed by Stephen Miles Design and reliable electronics. The boats are sold at small, locally owned hobby stores around the country. Find your local dealer at www.promarinerc.com.
the water. If you’re a fan of the boats but owning one isn’t quite in your budget, check out the Skater Wear tab at the manufacturer’s website, www.skaterpowerboats.com. This crew-neck sweatshirt does not have a hood, and it comes in black with a small Skater logo on the front and the well-known red-and-yellow full-size logo on the back. $38.95, and if you order before January 1, 2017, you get 20 percent off orders more than $50.
The best-known independent manufacturer of performance marine engines and rigger of custom boats, Teague Custom Marine offers an impressive line of apparel. Since it is cold out and people need to cover up, check out the TCM Hooded Sweatshirt Two-Tone Black and Red Hoodie. It’s made with 12-ounce heavyweight fleece from 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester with the company logo embroidered front and center on the chest. $40 at www.teaguecustommarine.com.