Best Gifts for Boaters
If you’re lucky enough to be friends with a boatie, then you probably know they tend to have every gadget, reel and ‘how-to’ book on the market. Luckily, there are some out-of-the-box gifts your nautical loving friend probably doesn’t have.
Here are our top 5 picks.
Get the name of your mate’s boat emblazoned on a smart looking polo shirt, or opt for something more casual, if that’s their style. Tee Junction offers a great online custom design service, which is also quite affordable and delivers to your door. If you’re part of a boating team, you may also like to get a handful made up, with each member’s name and official title. A basic custom designed tee will set you back around $25.
Subscription to an Aussie Boating Mag
There are quite a few niche boating magazines that come out regularly in Australia. If you head to www.isubscribe.com.au, you can choose one that matches your friend’s interests. Specialty publications include fishing (all kinds!), super yachts, power boats, wooden boats and even alloy boats. If you’re not sure where to start, perhaps opt for a subscription to Modern Boating, which features heaps of info on boating skills, fishing, maintenance, holiday destinations and boat tests on a range of vessels. A 12 month (4 issues) subscription costs around $35.
If you’re anything like our MD Rick Wolozny, you’ve probably ruined a few good phones out on the water. DryCASE is a great gift for someone who’s prone to either dropping their mobile in the sea, or ‘accidentally’ jumping in with it. This specific brand received rave reviews from ESPN, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel and the Today Show (US). They’ve also just released a waterproof Bluetooth headset. A Smartphone Case costs around $55. Head here for more on pricing and product options.
These are the sorts of accessories most boaties forget to update, but really need to. If your mate is slipping and sliding all over the deck, it may be worth checking the size of his or her feet and investing in a new pair for them. Any marine store will have shoes in stock. Or you can head online. Whitworths Marine and Leisure and Anchor Marine are good online stores to check out, as they are Australian-owned and have a heap of non-slip, non-marking styles for men, women and kids.
Lemon and Line Bracelets
Okay, we think these nautical bracelets are pretty cute. They’re made by a company who claim to have launched ‘…one summer night over a ration of Dark ‘n Stormys.’ Each bracelet is made from marine grade material, and comes in a variety of colours and styles. Some incorporate marine knots, double braid lines, stainless steel clasps and of course, they’re made to wear in and out of the water. These guys also sell key rings and other accessories, if you feel your mate isn’t the bracelet wearing type. Visit their website to find out more.