2014 Father's Day Gift Guide

Find the best boating gift for dad!

2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
We love dads. We love boats. We love dads who boat. Apparently, you do too because you're on our website looking for a gift for your nautical-minded paterfamilias. We've got gifts for the cruiser, the angler, the sports-minded, the electronics geek and the DIY-er. Take a look and you'll find something for pops. — The Boating Tech Team
Mystic Knotwork Monkey's Fist Keychain
Let Dad be reminded –and show the world—that he's a salty guy with a nautical keychain from Mystic Knotwork. Also check out the complete line of necklaces, braceltes and accessories for home and boat. $6.00, www.mysticknotwork.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Shakespeare Reflective Nylon Dock Line
Reflective tracer strands are woven into this line and can be seen up to 200 feet away. One end is looped and the other whipped. From $9 for ⅜ inch by 15 feet; www.sailorsams.com
Incredible--And True--Fishing Stories
Sometimes fishermen don't have to lie. Check out these fantastic stories compiled by author Shawn Morey. It's true that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, especially on the water. $10.95, workman.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
ValvTect Ethanol Gas Treatment
Help your boating dad enjoy trouble-free cruising when using ethanol-blended gasoline. ValvTect Petroleum developed ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment. It is formulated to help prevent all the problems caused by E10 gasoline. $10.99 (8 ounces), www.westmarine.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Interlux Marine Film
This is one marine accessory Dad is sure to love. Marine Film is self-adhesive and instantly covers minor scratches in gelcoat. It comes in a range of colors. $16.99, www.yachtpaint.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Nemo 1960N LED Flashlight
Made to be a dive light, this efficient light blasts 24 lumens to 100 meters under water. It's built to be small enough to fit into a diver's buoyancy compensator pocket, so it will fit in yours on board. $21.95, www.pelican.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Star brite Salt Off
Dad may be an "old salt" — but his boat shouldn't be all salty! Give him the gift of gleam and long-lasting beauty in the brine with Salt Off by Star brite. $21.99, www.defender.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792
Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792 provides aerosol spray protection for bare metals including steel, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, galvanized steel and lead. It forms an excellent bond to underwater metals and inhibits corrosion on these surfaces. Dad will love it. $23.99, www.defender.com
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MagicEzy
MagicEzy 9 Second Chip Fix repairs above-the-waterline fiberglass — on yachts to PWCs. It uses an exclusive nanotechnology-based formula to fill, bond, level and color chips, gouges, wide cracks and deep scratches. Dad does not need to prep with sandpaper, mix messy catalysts or add color tinting to achieve a seamless repair. $24.99, www.magicezy.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Pelican ProGear 0955 Sport Wallet
A durable, dustproof, waterproof plastic case that fits in your pocket and has enough interior space to hold cash, credit cards and keys. It comes with a lanyard so you can attach it to your belt or hand. $29.95, www.pelican.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Dry Sack
Here's a bag that keeps your clothes or soft gear dry while compressing it down to one-third its original volume, allowing you to save space and keep clothes from getting soaked. $31.95, www.seatosummit.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
WeatherFlow Wind Meter
If Dad is a weather geek (as are many boaters), give him the WeatherFlow Wind Meter. It plugs into an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet to accurately measure wind speed and direction using the free WeatherFlow Wind Meter app. The compact anemometer measures winds ranging from light breezes to hurricane-force in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour and the Beaufort scale. Dad can share wind reports with the app via Instagram, Vine, Twitter, SMS, email and Facebook. $34.95, www.weatherflow.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Grunden's Axmar T-Shirt
Tell Dad this is no ordinary T-shirt. Gunden's Axmar is a high-performance garment designed for hard-working fishermen and others who wish to remain cool and comfortable and smell decent. The unique fabric features a blend of polyester, bamboo charcoal fibers and elastane. Though Dad might not think he needs it, the charcoal fiber provides superior odor control and wicks moisture away better than cotton. It's machine washable and dries wrinkle-free. It's available in men's sizes S to 3X in orange and black. $39.95, www.grundens.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Kokatat Destination Convertible Cap
In the hot sun, the convertible neck cape will keep the rays from sizzling your neck like bacon. Take it off for a lightweight baseball cap with breathing vents to keep your head cool. $42, kokatat.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Eagle's Nest Outfitter SingleNest Hammock
Dad probably wants nothing more than a place to chill on Father's Day, and nothing says that more than a hammock you can put on your boat. Made of quick-drying breathable nylon, it has a 400-pound capacity. Throw it in a stuff sack and break it out anywhere near or on the water. $59.95, www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Outdoor Products 20L Weather Defense Amphibian Pack
A waterproof backpack with a 20-liter (about 5¼-gallon) capacity is a boater's dream. With welded seams and a waterproof rolltop, this pack keeps gear secure and dry. The straps are easy to adjust and fit comfortably on the shoulders, making it a great carry bag for the boat and on shore. $59.99, outdoorproducts.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Ocean Racing Transpac Crystal Shades
On these polarized shades made for boaters, the lightweight nylon lenses house polarized polycarbonate lenses that absorb 99 percent of the sun's UV rays and look cool doing it. $60, www.oceanracing.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Standard Horizon HX280S
Give the gift of safety at a special low price, with the waterproof Standard Horizon HX280S handheld VHF from The GPS Store. Perfect for ditch bags and all inshore communications needs. Only $79.95 at www.thegpsstore.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Astral Porter Technical Deck Shoes
Give Dad some style with these surf-inspired Porter deck shoes from Astral. They feature quick-drying Cordura uppers and a balanced geometry midsole that cradles Dad's feet and keeps him stable on deck. Drainage ports are located at the front sidewall, while the step-down heel also has a silt dump. The heel lace is adjustable and can lock into place. Astral's exclusive Wetgrip colored, nonmarking outsole is siped to maximize traction on wet decks. Comes in navy/gray, black/tan and black/green (shown) and in men's sizes 7 to 13. $84.95, www.astraldesigns.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Xtratuf Low-Rise Legacy Dock Boots
Sometimes in summer, Dad wants to keep his feet dry but his legs cool. Xtratuf's 6-inch Legacy Dock Boots are a great solution. These are watertight thanks to seamless neoprene uppers. Rubberized traction soles help Dad keep his footing on deck. The low-rise design is perfect for summer when Dad's wearing shorts. Built-in custom insoles with arch support offer daylong comfort. Available in men's sizes 3 to 14 in Xtratuf's classic brown uppers with tan sole seam. $85.37, www.xtratufboots.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Swiss Army Skipper Knife
The knife is Swiss army sharp and versatile for yachtsmen or picnickers, with screwdrivers, pliers and corkscrew, of course. $90.50 (Model No. 53663), www.swissarmy.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
SOG Bladelight 6-Inch Fillet Knife
Can't see your catch while you're cleaning it? Try the SOG Bladelight, which houses six LED lights in the nylon handle that illuminate the fillet as you slice it off the bone, hopefully helping to keep your fingers out of harm's way. $92, www.sogknives.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Va Va Va Voombox!
Connect via Bluetooth for iTunes or Pandora to this device for amazing, room-filling music, with plenty of booming bass and midrange clarity from this waterproof stereo player. $99, www.divoomusa.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Happy Hour Timepieces "Ish"
When the sun goes over the yardarm, Dad may enjoy a libation. That's where this cool watch with the bottle opener in its buckle comes in. Most hours are "ishy" but it features a very prominent "5" on the dial face so Dad will always know when it's "time." $99.99, www.happyhourtimepieces.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Lems Mariner Boat Shoes
The Lems Mariners are actually foot-shaped so they enhance comfort while plodding around on deck. Their siped soles are made of air-infused rubber that contributes to the pair's light 7.4-ounce weight. The shoes are made of leather combined with breathable mesh to air out the soles. The insoles are moisture-wicking foam. $105, www.lemsshoes.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
E-SeaRider Medium Teardrop Longneck Beanbag
A beanbag chair is a nice way for Dad to take a load off when guests are occupying other seats on board. E-SeaRider's Medium Teardrop Marine Longneck model elaborates on the basic beanbag design by including armrests and a high back. The marine-vinyl material is water-repellent, and the seams prevent moisture from getting inside. It comes in a wide range of shades and color combinations to match the upholstery of Dad's boat. $109.95, www.e-searider.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Flex Step
Give Dad a leg up with this marine accessory. Flex Step by KeelGuard bolts onto his boat trailer and allows him to safely and easily climb aboard his boat. The need to climb aboard a boat on a trailer arises frequently, and Flex Step makes it easy. $129.99, www.keelguard.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Stearns Manual 24-gram Life Vest
Give life for Fathers' Day. This inflatable PFD meets all U.S. Coast Guard requirements and says "I care, Dad" better than any other gift. $139.99; www.stearnsflotation.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Wilton All-Terrain Vice
It's a tool man's transformer, slipping into the hitch receiver to provide 1 ton of gripping power and a 5-inch throat. It even comes with a bench mount. $199.99, www.cpowilton.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
WeatherTech FloorLiner
Boating dads love their tow vehicles almost as much as their boat. Give him WeatherTech FloorLiner DigitalFit mats. In the quest for the most advanced concept in floor protection, MacNeil Automotive worked to develop the most advanced floor protection available today. About $200, www.weathertech.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Bertucci A4T Nautical Watch
This stylish nautical sports watch has water resistance to 100 meters (328 feet) and, with the nylon band, is lightweight and dries quickly, no worse for wear. The titanium base makes it rugged enough to stand up to an active boating lifestyle. $239.99, www.bertucciwatches.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon
This floating personal locator beach (PLB) is one gift you hope Dad never uses, but it could well be the gift of life. In a mayday situation, the ResQLink+ PLB can be activated to broadcast a global distress signal and his GPS position via satellite to the Coast Guard, which will respond immediately. Designed to be strapped to Dad's life jacket, the compact PLB has a deployable antenna and will continue to broadcast a homing signal for more than 24 hours. $249.95, www.thegpsstore.com
Sony HDR-AS100V/WPOV Action Cam
Clear imaging is about the glass and this POV boasts a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. It shoots pro-quality HD 1080P video internal GPS and wifi let you control it and see what it sees, including GPS stats, on a smartphone. Then, there's that world famous Sony Steady Shot stabilization for clear video (or 13.5 MB stills) on the fly. $269.99, www.sony.com
Bracketron XVenture Xlip Cam Mount
Clip this to the bill of your cap. Your boat's Bimini top, bike handlebars or a fishing rod to catch the action. A simple 1/4" x 20 threaded mount is ideal for the Sony HDR AS100V, Drift and Garmin Virb cams. $17.95, bracketron.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Icom IC-M92D
Give Dad the ultimate handheld VHF radio, the Icom IC-M92D Noise-Cancelling Marine Handheld VHF Radio with DSC and GPS. $299; icomamerica.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler
If Dad is tired of warm beverages or thawed bait during hot days on the boat, he needs a super cooler like the Yeti Tundra 45. These ice chests are made with thick, super-insulated walls, a gasket to seal the lid when shut and latches that keep the interior airtight. Nonskid pads keep the cooler from sliding around on deck. A special rack separates food from ice, and a drain plug lets you rid the Yeti of melt water. This could be Dad's favorite boating accessory. $349.99, www.yeticoolers.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Fusion Ultimate Marine Stereo Pack
Give Dad the "Ultimate Stereo Pack." The pack includes a Fusion MS-RA205 stereo, MS-UNIDOCK universal media device dock, MS-BT100 Bluetooth device and DIN-size mounting plate all for one low price. $399, www.fusionelectronics.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
TurboSwing
TurboSwing is a marine accessory that offers outboard boaters an unrivaled chance to provide a better towing experience for all kinds of water sports. Durable stainless-steel construction means Dad won't have to worry. There are models for single- and multiple-engine applications. Starting at $485, www.turboswingus.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite Phone
Watch Dad's eyes light up when he rips away the gift wrap to see that you got him a Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for those times on the boat when he's out of cellphone range. Globalstar has completed its constellation of new satellites for increased coverage and reliability. The compact handheld phone with a folding antenna offers voice and data capabilities, as long as you have a clear view of the sky. $499 (requires a service plan), www.globalstar.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Oakley Straight Jacket Prescription Sunglasses from SportRx
If Dad wears corrective lenses, think about getting him a pair of Oakley Straight Jacket wraparound, polarized sunglasses in his prescription from SportRx. He will look cool and be able to see great while boating and fishing. The online ordering process is simple: Get his latest prescription from his optometrist and then go to the SportRx website to order the glasses in time for Father's Day. Approx. $500, www.sportrx.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Steiner Navigator Binoculars
For many, Steiner is the gold standard in marine optics, including floating prism shock-resistant lens mounts, weather-resistant construction and fogproof, nitrogen-filled barrels. $519.99, steiner-optics.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Clarion M704
Give Dad a source unit that will make his boating buds jealous. The M704 source unit is IP66-tested and certified to provide him the best in water intrusion and saltwater protection in its class. Not to mention awesome audio performance. $699, www.clarion.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Arribe 1200 Lever-Drag Reel
Pops is going to love this superbly engineered, compact and lightweight lever-drag reel. Weighing just 17 ounces, it offers both strength and simplicity, with a massive main gear, the same type of bearings used in a Ferrari Formula One race car and 50 percent fewer parts than what is found in reels from competing brands. A large carbon-fiber drag washer and titanium fasteners complete this advanced aluminum-frame reel that Dad will be proud to show off to his boating buddies. $779, www.arribefishing.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
ATL FueLocker Auxiliary Fuel Bladder
Someday Dad might want to cruise to remote destinations where fuel docks are far between. Help make his dream come true with an auxiliary fuel bladder such as the ATL FueLocker 100-gallon flexible bladder. Occupying a footprint of just 43 square inches, it's made to carry gasoline or diesel on deck, and it's easy to use. When it's empty, Dad can just roll it up, stow it out of the way and enjoy the rest of his dream cruise. Maybe he'll take you with him. $996, www.atlinc.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Hurley H3O Dinghy Davit System
The H3O dinghy davit system allows Dad the safe retrieval and stowage of a RIB dinghy/hard-hull tender (works great with the Sea-Doo Spark). The stainless-steel mounting system provides a quick release, leaving a very small footprint and a clear deck for any activity. $1,789.95, hurleymarine.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
seaHEX
Give dad the gift of cool posterity! SeaHex is a floating, waterproof drone that will allow him to capture amazing shots of his boat underway. GPS-enabled, the fishing package flies ahead and transmits the location of fish back to the boat. $7,700, plus $1,000 for the fish package; seahex.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Golden Boat Lifts
Whether Dad has a "yacht" or a kayak, Golden Boat Lifts will allow him easy access to the water. Golden Boat Lifts are welded aluminum, not bolted, so Dad doesn't have to worry as much about nuts and fasteners. Price varies, www.goldenboatlifts.com
2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
Flexiteek
With Flexiteek boat decking Dad can enjoy his beautiful deck instead of worrying about maintenance and leakage, and he can do what all boat owners are meant to do: Go boating! Price varies, www.flexiteek.com