Best gifts for boat-dads under $100 this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate the guy who did his best to raise the fine human you turned out to be. If you’re lucky enough to have a sailing dad, then we’ve created a guide to help you find him the perfect gift.


Here’s what made the cut.


  1. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

First published in 1983, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is considered one of the quintessential sailing guides, filled with sailing knowledge and theories, with illustrations by North Sails Creative Director, Mark Smith.


Now in its fourth edition, author John Rousmaniere draws on decades of racing and sailboat cruising experience, with updates based on new tech. John distils his wisdom in a way that is easy to disseminate and incredibly practical.


According to the author. “The art of sailing, manoeuvring, and preserving a ship or a boat in all positions and under all reasonable circumstances. And some unreasonable circumstances, too.” Plus, it’s large hardcover format makes it perfectly at home on a coffee table.


Buy the book online here for $60.


  1. Colombia Men’s Bahama II Long Sleeved Shirt

Every boatie needs a lightweight, fast-dry shirt to protect them from the elements. This long-sleeved nylon number features mesh-lined cape vents on the back of each shoulder, to make sure dad stays cool in the hot summer months ahead.


It’s Omni-Shade UPF30, for max sun protection, and can be buttoned up for a shorter sleeve when needed. Anaconda has the Bahama II on sale from $99.99 ($69 if you’re a Club member), although stock seems to be running out fast so get it quick.


Find it here.


  1. Gill Marine Hat

According to Amazon reviews and sailing blogs, Gill Marine make some of the best sailing hats around. We’ve narrowed their range down to two favourites – the Gill Race Sailing Cap (RRP $35) and the Technical Marine Sun Hat (RRP $49).


The first is a peak cap specifically designed for sailing, with a low profile and close-fit. It’s lightweight, fast-drying and the outer-shell is water resistant. Plus, the cap has a cord that attaches to your shirt, so if it blows off, you won’t lose it to the deep blue.


Our second pick is a sun hat, which features a stiff, non-absorbent brim and an adjustable and removable chin strap. It offers more coverage, since the brim goes all the way around. And, it’s still lightweight and protective up to UV 50+.


Shop all Gill hats here.


  1. 20 OZ Tumbler with Magslider Lid

Every sailor needs a reliable mug – whether it’s for a morning coffee or a cold beer to wind down when conditions are just right. The Yeti Tumbler carries 591 millilitres, and is manufactured using highly durable stainless steel.


It’s designed to keep beverages hot or cold for longer, with an insulated double-wall vacuum and a MagsliderTM Lid, which helps to keep drinks at just the right temperature. Yeti Tumblers retail for $39.95 and come in a range of cool colours.


Buy one here.


  1. A boating voucher

If you’re stuck for time or finding it hard to get something to dad because of COVID restrictions, then a gift voucher is a great way to show dad you care. Most reputable boating stores in Australia offer gift vouchers online, so it’s easy to find one.


Most will allow you to download the voucher and email it to dad as an e-gift. Some will post the gift card direct to dad, although you may want to check how long delivery will take to make sure it arrives in time for Father’s Day.


Got your marine cover sorted?

If you need support with finding the right cover for your boat, we can help with this too! Our marine underwriters offer comprehensive cover for recreational and commercial boaties, who want to be assured that their boat is properly protected, without paying an arm and a leg.


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