Father’s Day Gift Guide

Boating Gear for Boating Dads

Father’s Day Gift Guide
Yacht Boarding Systems Steadi-Plank
Give dad a leg aboard with a Yacht Boarding Systems Steadi-Plank boarding ramp. Made from marine-grade aluminum with a honeycomb core that won't wick water, it is expandable and extendable and comes in a variety of iterations, including swiveling- and wheelchair-accessible. From $590 to $5,290; boardingramp.com
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Icom MarineCommander MXP-5000
This new marine navigation system allows users to integrate fish finders, chart plotters, radar, AIS and VHF. It's a way to enjoy integrated dual-display function on two different screens. $3,000; icomamerica.com
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DR Aerator
This lawn aerator is a self-propelled coring model, saving Dad's energy for the boat, and pulls plugs of turf, allowing for better irrigation and a reduction in weeds. It's available in manual and electric starts. Prices begin at $1,749; drpower.com.
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Rave Sports SUP
For dads who want to explore on a stand-up paddleboard on calm waters of lakes, rivers and bays, Rave Sports Touring Series fills the bill. The boards' length, width and canoe-style displacement nose make them stable and enjoyable. $1,200; ravesports.com
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Okuma Makaira MK8-IISEa Reel
Pops might have survived so far without a two-speed reel, but that's long enough for the man who first took you fishing. Get him Okuma's compact new Makaira MK8-IISEa saltwater reel. It shifts gears at the touch of a button and holds 400 yards of 40-pound-test braid. An oversize T-handle helps Dad fight big fish. $479.99; okumafishing.com
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Standard Horizon GX2150 Matrix AIS+
If Dad's VHF radio has attained antique status, surprise him with the Standard Horizon GX2150. It includes DSC, GPS and a hailer system, as well as an AIS transceiver. Yet it's only 7.1 inches wide by 6.3 inches deep by 3.1 inches high. And if Dad's hearing ain't what it used to be, the speaker is high-volume. $399.99; standardhorizon.com
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Satro PLB-110
Never worry about Dad's crazy offshore adventures again. Get him the world's thinnest personal locator beacon (PLB), about the size of an iPhone, which he can stick in his pocket and activate for rescue in the unlikely event of an on-water emergency. (Will be for sale as soon as it gets final FCC approval.) $299; astronics.com
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Nikon 7x50 OceanPro Binocs with Compass
Watch Dad's eyes light up when he sees a new pair of binoculars for the boat. Not just any binocs, but Nikon's 7x50 OceanPro model with a compass. Now he can take bearings on landmarks or check out the scenery when boating near the beach on a summer day. $299.95; nikonsportoptics.com
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WAG Boarding Steps
Waterdog Adventure Gear (WAG) offers these robust aluminum and stainless-steel boarding steps for your boating pooch. The steps easily attach to, and can be quickly removed from, your existing swim ladder. What better gift for Dad than the gift of safety for his best furry buddy? $249; getwag.com
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Roswell Wake-Air Wakesledz
Time to get Dad some air. This is an updated version of the old kneeboard hydroslides we grew up riding and loving. Everyone in the family can enjoy it, and, if he's not arthritic, that includes Pops.
$249.99; overtons.com
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Cobalt Cabernet Sauvignon
Cobalt owners already have discerning taste; if your dad is one, he might like this Napa Valley red. Even if he's not, he might like a taste of the nautical good life. $294 for a three-bottle package; cobaltboats.com
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G-Shock Mudman 9300 Watch
This tough-guy watch is water-resistant to 656 feet, plus mud-, dust- and shock-resistant. It features a compass and a thermometer mode, plus a moon-phase graph feature. The compass can be adjusted to true or magnetic north. It also features Tough Solar sensors to keep it charged and running. $200; gshock.com
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Shurhold Dual Action Polisher
Shurhold's Dual Action Polisher is a professional-grade detailing tool that will ensure Dad's boat looks great. With six speeds, and weighing less than five pounds, it also ensures he'll spend less time waxing and more time boating. $149.98; shurhold.com
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Prospec Electronics MIL-PRV15 Stereo
Prospec Electronics' Milennia MIL-PRV15 stereo is designed to install in standard gauge or cup holder openings, making installation a snap for any dad. Small in size, and salt-fog rated, it delivers big sound with 4x40-watt output, AM/FM receiver and both AUX and USB ports. $99.95; prospecelectronics.com
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Hella Marine LED Utility Lights
Dads love working on their boats but can do a better job when they can see! Hella Marine's LED utility lights brighten engine rooms with a 12-LED white or warm white output. They are durably rated for engine-room service and use a mere 2.5 watts, and a switch is integral for convenience. Starting at $104.44; hellamarine.com
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Kicker Performance Audio Subwoofer
Whether your dad prefers classic rock, dance music or country, he'll get a kick from boosting his bass with Kicker Performance Audio's new CompVT subwoofer. Mounting depth is less than three inches, making installation easy, even aboard a smaller boat. The 6.5-inch-diameter woofer can accept up to 300 watts of peak power. $129.95; kicker.com
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Gage Fish On Jacket
If Dad believes that there's no bad weather, just bad clothing, the new Gage Fish On Jacket by Grundens is perfect. It's fleece-lined for warmth and has a water-resistant 500D nylon outer shell with a halo adjustable hood and hand-warmer pockets. $149; grundens.com
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iZon WiFi Security Cam
This is the coolest little security camera I've seen. Link the camera to your home wireless network, register it with the StemConnect app and then watch your boat in the driveway or at the dock. The device is the size of a shotgun shell and is fully adjustable on a magnetic base. Here's the killer: When it detects motion—say somebody messin' with your boat—or it detects sound, it sends your phone an alert. You can adjust the motion zones it monitors as well as raise the level of noise needed to set off the sound alarm. Click either alert when you receive it and see what's going on in near real time. We had a couple glitches with the wireless hookup, but support was Johnny–on-the-spot. Right now, it's monitoring our litter of newborn pups. $129.95; steminnovation.com
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Miansai Fish Hook Jewelry
OK, this might be better for Mother's Day, but there are some masculine choices for an avant-garde yet fishy dad. Take a look at the Hooks collection. Prices range from $55 to $350; miansai.com.
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Cobra Marine CXT GMRS Radios
Cobra Marine's new GMRS radios, CXT135 and CXT235, let Dad stay in touch with the "mothership" while he's out for a row in the dinghy or walking up to town for breakfast. He'll also hand one to the kids while spending the day rafted up with fellow boaters. The range is up to 20 miles with the CTX235. They both include rechargeable batteries and weather band, and the CTX 235 features a NOAA All Hazards Alert function. $49.95/$59.95; cobra.com
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West Marine Reggae Pad
Dad will be "jammin', mon" once he uses the Reggae Pad to maintain his boat. When attached firmly to a handle, it allows drying of overhead, topsides and other hard-to-reach places better than a standard mop does. $24.99; westmarine.com
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Star Brite Boat Guard
Dad can shine his boat, plus remove grime and schmutz, with this detailing spray from Star brite. Designed for all nonpermeable surfaces, it works on hulls, outboard cowlings and more. It provides a salt and corrosion barrier for engines too. $13.49; starbrite.com
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Mystick Knotwork Coasters
Give your nautical dad the gift of tradition. Marlinspike crafts like these coasters look and work great at home or aboard. They're perfect for keeping drink rings off teak tables. $12; mysticknotwork.com
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Thetford Multi-Purpose Stain Remover
Thetford's Multi-Purpose Stain Remover — formerly known as Mildew Stain Remover — cleans all kinds of stains and grime from all kinds of materials with its safe, environmentally friendly formula. The only thing that will gleam brighter than Dad's boat are Dad's teeth, since he'll be smiling after using this color-safe cleaner. $14.99; westmarine.com
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Soft Lines Dock Lines
Soft Lines dock lines can be customized with Dad's name or his boat's name. Made from multifilament polypropylene, these lines have a specific gravity lighter than water so they float. Available in 3/8-, 1/2-, and 5/8-inch diameters, and in lengths to 35 feet, they are sure to make a unique gift. Custom colors and lengths are available. Starting at $13.50; softlinesinc.com
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Rapala Rippin' Rap
If striking fear in the hearts of trophy fish is Dad's idea of a relaxing weekend, get him the Rapala Rippin' Rap. Sporting an antagonistic scowl and soul-penetrating eyes, the Rippin' Rap is a highly versatile bait. Anglers can fish the lure deep or shallow, and when it's ripped on the retrieve, the bait gives off an intense vibrating, fluttering action that bass can't resist. $6.99; rapala.com
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Davis Instruments Quick Reference Cards
Dads have all the answers. With the Quick Reference Cards from Davis Instruments, your dad can have answers to vital safety, electronics and navigation information at his fingertips. Weatherproof plastic, these eight 12-by-11-inch cards are sure to be his companion at the helm. $9.99 each; davisnet.com
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Body Glove 3T Barefoot
The Body Glove 3T Barefoot utilizes a three-toe slot design resulting in ultimate comfort and performance for dads. If your dad is looking for a technical shoe that can be worn casually outdoors for water-sports activities and seeks a more comfortable shoe experience, the self-draining 3T Barefoot fills the bill. $49.99; bodyglove.com
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Beckson Boating Logbooks
Keeping a logbook aboard can be invaluable during an emergency and a priceless asset when it comes time to sell the boat. Dads also enjoy keeping boating records. Beckson Marine's Powerboat and Sailboat Manager logbooks are designed as complete reference and maintenance logs for a vessel. $23.88; beckson.com
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Sport-Brella Beach Chair
Many dads have a favorite chair, and the Sport-Brella Beach Chair will be his waterborne lounger. It's rugged, weatherproof and low-profile and easily stows in the supplied carry bag. Suitable for deck or beach, it comes with foam armrests, a removable umbrella and a drink holder. $49.99; sport-brella.com
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Sperry SON-R Pulse Thong Sandals
Father's Day means summer is here — time for shorts and flip-flops. Start Dad's summer with a pair of Sperry's new SON-R Pulse Thong Sandals. Featuring Sperry's famous no-skid "siped" soles, molded EVA foot beds for comfort and metatarsal pods for sensitivity. $60; sperrytopsider.com
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Personalized Welcome Mat
Any boating father will love a custom welcome mat for the dock or deck. Cape Hatteras Marine lets you pick from an array of sizes, colors and graphics to create a special mat for Pops' boat. Artwork is embroidered in marine-grade carpet. The 12-by-17-inch mat shown is just $34.99 (plus shipping); capehatterasmarine.com
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Ascension Bay Fingerless Sun Gloves
Dad's weathered hands have probably seen too much sun. The Ascension Bay fingerless sun gloves from Glacier Outdoor provide 50 UV protection factor while preserving the fingertip feel needed to tie knots and bait hooks. Backs are comfortable Lycra/spandex; palms are protective polyurethane. Comes in sizes S-XL. $22.99; glacieroutdoor.com
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The Snip from Boomerang Tool
Tell Pops to leave the fingernail clippers at home on the next fishing trip by giving him the Snip from Boomerang Tool. The lockable stainless-steel jaws cut cleanly through braid, fluoro and mono, and you can hook these little cutters to a belt loop with the retractable cable. There's even an LED version for night fishing. $14.95 (with LED); boomerangtool.com
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Ultimate Umbrella Rig from ABT Lure Co.
Umbrella rigs prove remarkably effective for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. Make sure Dad catches his share with the new Ultimate Umbrella Rig from ABT Lure Co. He can customize this multihook rig to create a "school" of bait. He can also adjust the number of hooks to comply with local regulations. $23.99; abtlures.com
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UV Buff with Insect Shield
Sunscreen must be reapplied and, when it drips in your eyes, can be a real pain. Buff headwear blocks 95 percent of ultraviolet rays and is made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. The infused odorless insect repellent will help keep nasty bugs at bay. $27; buffusa.com
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Survival Straps Fish-Tail Survival Bracelet
This is a bracelet made of 12 feet of military-grade paracord, providing an emergency onboard line should dad need it, either to lash something to the deck, make a quick, temporary dock line or whatever. If he uses it, Survival Straps will replace it. $24.95; survivalstraps.com
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Anchor Claw
Ensure that pops has the cleanest anchor in the marina with this little tool that resembles a gardening rake or pitchfork. Use it to clean mud and debris from the anchor's flukes. $40; anchorclaw.com
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Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Lantern
Need a little dockside ambiance and some bug-free time to enjoy it? This lantern uses a butane burner to heat a chemical wafer that clears bugs away for a 15-foot radius. Does it work? In Punta Gorda, Orlando and Fort Pierce you'll find me and my friends circled around it enjoying the evening—without bug spray. $30; thermacell.com
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Q-Knot Pro
Zip ties are one-time use items and you need cutters to remove them. Q-Knot Pro are like zip ties you can use over and over and don't need tools to get un-zipped what you zipped. A set of 25 assorted sizes are available at amazon.com for less than $10. Looking for more boating gifts? See our other boating gift guides, here.