This article was originally published by Boating Magazine at https://www.boatingmag.com/2017-holiday-gift-guide.
Looking for the perfect gift for the boater in your life? Or maybe a holiday treat for yourself? Look no further, this 2017 Boater's Holiday Gift Guide has great suggestions for every kind of boater.
Attwood Fast-Action Navigation Lights
The composite poles are tough and flexible: They bend instead of breaking. Sportsmen appreciate the matte-black finish. These tough, waterproof LED navigation lights are available in 14-inch bi-color and 48-inch all-around white styles. $32 to $60; attwoodmarine.com
West Marine Men’s Third Reef Jacket
This breathable membrane jacket has ample pockets and easy access with a one-handed zipper opening. The collar is a snug but comfortable mesh velour with an adjustable rain hood. A waist drawstring trims it out for a good look, and a drawstring bottom further seals out blowing rain. $249.99(jacket), $89.88 (bib); westmarine.com
Sperry Women’s Saltwater Print Boot
Perfect for wet-weather excursions, these boots are equipped with a waterproof rubber bottom. Rawhide barrel lacing with rustproof eyelets ensure a secure fit while a microfleece lining provides warmth. $119.95; westmarine.com
Weego N Series Portable Charger
Never be stuck offshore with a dead battery again. This Weego portable charger jump-starts gas engines up to 7L, as well as 3.5L diesel engines. You can also use it to charge all your portable electronics devices. $149.99; myweego.com
Mercury Marine VesselView Mobile
Mercury Marine Vessel View Mobile is a total information portal. The $275 plug-and-play device displays rpm, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature and trim on up to four engines, outboard or sterndrive. All you need is the free iOS or Android app. VesselView Mobile also monitors engine hours to notify you of what maintenance is due and when. With it, skippers can read engine-fault codes and know with certainty whether to return to port or catch the glitch at the next easy opportunity. mercury.vesselviewmobile.com/#/
Ray52 VHF Radio with GPS
The first line of safety in boating is good communications, and that comes from a VHF radio. This one, equipped with an internal GPS receiver, is a digital select calling radio designed to automatically send out a distress signal complete with your location. Best yet, it will keep repeating as long as the radio is powered up or until rescue. Always one of the clearest radios, the Ray52 boasts “audiophile sound” for the easiest communications. $349.99; westmarine.com
Make sure the boater on your holiday list can communicate, no matter how far out to sea he ventures, with the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone. This portable phone is compact enough to stash in a glove box yet lets you talk to anyone around the world from anywhere at sea thanks to Globalstar’s constellation of communication satellites. Service plans start at $64.99 per year. $500 for phone and charger; satellitephonestore.com
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