Gift Guide for Boaters
Trying to find the perfect gift for boating or fishing?
We've searched high and low to compile the best list of gift ideas for boating dads this Father's Day. Our guide includes items under $50 and covers everything from boating to fishing to tech gadgets to apparel.
Best Gifts for Boaters
If you've got a boater in your life who runs the entire show (drives the boat, anchors the boat, baits the hooks, and so on) he needs these dock bumpers.
Unlike traditional rubber bumpers that dangle off the side of your boat, these dock fenders stay permanently affixed to the dock.
When he's pulling back into his slip, he won't have to worry about a strong wind crashing him into the dock. He won't have to run around trying to drop his rubber fenders down in time!
These Montauk Supply dock fenders are made with shock-absorbing foam that gently cushion your boat right into place (and save you thousands of dollars in potential fiber glass damage!) $110 via www.montauksupply.com
What's the difference between regular sunglasses and fishing sunglasses? Firstly, fishing sunglasses should always be polarized. This protects your eyes from the harsh rays that reflect off of the water. Long hours in the sun (and staring into the water) can cause dangerous UVA and UVB rays to actually sunburn your eyes. These Costa Tuna Alley Fishing Sunglasses are great because they are polarized, they are rx-able, extremely durable, and won't fog up thanks to the beautifully-crafted ventilation system. Plus, they look great even for everyday wear.
$169 via www.sportrx.com
Meet the YETI Hopper 20, our favorite portable cooler right now. Yes, we know this is a pricey cooler but there are many reasons why. Plus, you can use this cooler a million other places other than the boat. Take it to the beach, a tailgate, to watch the kids play soccer... the list goes on. Most notable, the Yeti Hopper Portable Cooler has a HydroLok Zipper (which uses the same technology you'll find in HazMat suits). The HydroLok Zipper is the ultimate waterproof, 100% leakproof, airtight closure. Its Coldcell Insulation is made of closed-cell rubber foam that offers far superior cold-holding to ordinary soft coolers. Most importantly, it holds about 18 cans of beer.
$44.95 via www.picnictime.com
If your boater loves to entertain on the boat, providing extra (portable and collapsible) seating is a must. These seats will get a TON of use both on-shore and off-shore. Plus, they're easy to store or take off the boat when you're done using them.
What we like about the Oniva Portable Boat Seat is that it's lightweight, folds flat, has an adjustable shoulder strap, and is adjustable to six positions. Comes in several colors. Best part is... you can buy a set of 2 and still stay under the $100 gift budget. Awesome.
$11.99 via Amazon.com
People underestimate how much knife-handling happens on the boat. Whether you're dicing bait on rocky waters, chopping chum, filleting fish, or chucking oysters, using a knife on the boat can be dangerous.
These NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves are made with the highest level of cut resistant material available on the market, which means they are 4 times stronger than leather. They are the #1 best selling cut-resistant glove on Amazon right now with over 10,000+ five star reviews so this product is legit.
The fit and feel of the glove is light and snug, so they can be worn comfortably on either hand (regardless of being a lefty or a righty). They are also 100% machine washable so they're easy to clean. This is a fisherman must-have on the boat.
This sporty and lightweight jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Check, check, and check.
Made for versatile use on the water while offering good protection against the elements. The jacket has a shorter cut to give more freedom of movement. The shorter collar and snug hood are designed to ensure there is no obstruction of vision on the water. This is a cool jacket that is both functional and good looking. Comes in several colors (although shown here in white).
Helly Tech® Performance
Waterproof, windproof and breathable
Fully seam sealed
Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
YKK® Aquaguard® water resistant Center front Zip
Polartec® fleece collar
Loops for inflatable vest
Kill cord D-ring
$449 via Garmin
This watch is a man's best friend. Equipped with important cruising, fishing and sailing capabilities, its appearance commands attention, even on land. More than a watch, it’s a wearable instrument that streams data from compatible Garmin electronics. This smartwatch features a fish catch counter and competition timer, race timer, start line and tack assist for sailors, plus an anchor watch to warn you of drifting. Delivers smart notifications for emails, text messages and more. This Garmin Quatix 3 GPS smartwatch belongs on the water.
Stainless steel EXO™ antenna with GPS and GLONASS reception
Navigation features include 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer, TracBack® and Sight ‘N Go
Easy-to-use marine apps provide local tide data, sail racing data, fish catch counter and competition timer, anchor watch, alarm clock and more
Multisport functions for running, hiking, swimming and more
Activity tracking¹ feature counts steps taken, calories burned and stairs climbed
$159.99 via Overtons.com
Made of weather-resistant, 26-oz. marine-grade vinyl, this folding chair serves as general seating or the action station for a fighting fisherman.
Features high-density foam cushions, positive locking 1" anodized aluminum tubular frame, injection-molded seat and back, and stainless steel hardware. 30"H x 26"W x 24"D.
Three-year warranty on upholstery (so no need to worry about tears, rips, or stains). Six-year warranty on frame.
Weather-resistant marine-grade vinyl
1" anodized aluminum frame
High-density foam cushions
Finally, a practical boating shoe that can be dressed up or dressed down and still look good enough to be wife-approved. These Swims boating loafers are for the boater who's got a bit of a fashion sense (or at least wants to act like he does). The 3D molded TPU structure with anti-bacterial mesh liner gives the loafer its signature function and look. Ventilation gills allow for breathability and drainage if in water. Soft and flexible upper fabric provides a good, snug fit and air circulation. A non-marking natural rubber outsole ensures a good grip on slippery surfaces. Did we mention these are machine-washable?
$48 via montauksupply.com
Help your boater avoid the awkward, "can you take your shoes off?" conversation by getting them a boarding mat that lets everyone know ahead of time. These are the types of things a boater doesn't really think to buy himself, but when he has it he's glad someone thought of it.
This mat has weighted sand on each side ensuring that the mat does not slide, slip, or blow away. The UV-resistant material and thick embroidery will last for seasons. No installation necessary for this.