5 last-minute Christmas gift ideas for boaters
Holiday items to satisfy seafaring adventurers year-round
Boating enthusiasts are a pretty fickle bunch when it comes to receiving gifts during the holiday season. If any wrapped items under the tree don’t accentuate the experience of cruising on the open water, they’re likely to get regifted when nobody’s looking. With that in mind, here are a few ideas designed to add value to those occasions once that vessel leaves the dock.
Glade Prospect Sunglasses
Eye protection is a must on cloudless days, especially when the sun hovers on the horizon.
It’s also given that those dime store shades might look good on your mug, but aren’t likely to withstand all the punishment from the elements on deck, from salt spray to sunlight.
Glade’s Prospect sunglasses are handmade to handle anything the weather brings, and are designed to fit your face without them falling off in humid conditions.
Handmade in Italy, they’re virtually unbreakable with the Zeiss CR lenses covered in a layer of anti-scratch materials. What’s handy is that these shades also come with a durably carrying hard case.
Garmin quatix 6 Multisport Marine Smartwatch
While enjoying a boat cruise, that last thing you want to know is what time it is.
But sooner or later, all good things come to an end, so if you need to arrive back at the dock on time, a smartwatch comes in handy.
Naturally, you want a watch that does more than that. To that end, this titanium Garmin timepieces also includes preloaded apps for auto-pilot control, boating tides and access to coastal charts.
It also provides options to pay dockage fees remotely, is water rated for depths of 100 meters (328 feet), and comes with a batter capable of displaying GPS for up to 24 hours.
Welcome Aboard Hanging Locker Storage
Lengthier boat trips means more stuff to bring aboard, which makes space below deck an issue.
If you plan to take multiple changes of clothes, this hanging bag doubles as a space-saving marine locker with compartments to help separate everything from shorts to socks.
Unopened, this space-saver is 10 inches wide, 18 inches high and 11 inches deep, and is easy to install wherever it’s needed.
Dryrobe Advance Change Robe
One guarantee when boating is that sooner or later you’re going to get wet.
And if you stay wet for a while, you’re going to get uncomfortable. Dryrobe has addressed that issue and come up with what it calls the world’s most versatile change robe.
Its design allow users to change into dryer clothes anywhere, whether it be above or below deck.
Made with a 100 percent waterproof nylon exterior with synthetic wool (created from recycled polyester), this robe ensures folks are warm and dry even when outside conditions are anything but.
For those rod and reel types who would rather cook their catch above deck instead of the galley, Lotus offers a space-saving solution.
These compact cooking units quickly get up to culinary temperature within minutes, emits very little smoke and boasts an insulated exterior for added safety.
It’s all made possible by a battery operated fan that provides even heat and can be adjusted to different cooking temperatures.
The downside is, that if you’ve really landed a big one, you’ll have a fair bit of cutting to get pieces small enough for the grill.
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