Gifts for Boaters

By: Scott Way

The clock is ticking until St. Nick cruises through your local marina.


If there's a boater in your family who's a Scrooge to shop for, we've put together some great gifts to get them over their holiday seasickness. There are options for men and women, and each is a practical addition to any boaters gear. With expected shipping delays this holiday season, these Amazon Prime items will arrive in time, but don't wait long. Check out our holiday gift guide and see what you can reel in for your favorite captain or first mate.


1) His & Hers Marine Star Bulova Watches


Bulova Women's 32mm Blue Marine Star Stainless Steel and Diamond Bracelet

From the Ladies’ Diamonds Collection. New Marine Star in stainless steel case with 29 diamonds individually hand set on silver-tone accented bezel and dial, midnight blue mother-of-pearl inner dial, sapphire glass, screw-back case, stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, and water resistance to 100 meters.

Bulova Men's 44mm Marine Star Chronograph Watch

From the Marine Star Collection. Six hand chronograph with calendar in black IP and gold-tone stainless steel with black dial, flat mineral glass, screw-back case, black silicon strap with 3-piece buckle closure, and water resistance to 100 meters.

2) The Boater's Reading List

If you’re stuck on shore or otherwise unable to live the swashbuckling life of a (smart, responsible, friendly) pirate, the literary tradition is stacked with centuries of high seas adventure. There are enough captivating true stories, nautical folklore, and epic storytelling to satisfy any reader’s taste. This list covers the full gamut of the nautical tradition- classics, fiction, non-fiction, harrowing true stories, and some shameless paperback entertainment. We put together a list of the best nautical adventure books for any reader who enjoys the water.

3) Meguiar's M5401 Marine/RV Gel Wash

Meguiar’s M54 Marine/RV Gel Wash is the perfect choice to gently clean your boat or RV, boost gloss, and preserve wax protection all in one easy step. This formula is super thick, super rich, and super concentrated to gently remove fresh environmental contaminants without excessive rubbing. Safely and quickly remove boat scum, dirt, salt spray, grime, bird droppings and other environmental contaminants while boosting shine and gloss with rich conditioners and optical brighteners. Then, since it’s a pH balanced formula it won’t strip off valuable oils or wax protection.

4) Better Boat Deck Brush

A soft textured marine deck brush head measures 8" wide at the base and has a large, deep, face (measuring 5" x 10") that works great for boat cleaning. It gently breaks up and lifts away dirt, grease and grime from fiberglass, wood, vinyl, glass, aluminum and more. Deck brushes are essential boat maintenance supplies and this premium marine scrub brush head screws on to a mop rod or telescoping handle that fits a 3/4" Acme thread. It will become a work-horse in your cleaning arsenal to keep your boat looking sharp.

5) Outward Hound Ripstop Dog Life Jacket

Outward Hound Ripstop Life Jackets sport high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, quick release buckles & outstanding flotation. A unique, multi-handle design is constructed to add strength and durability for pulling dogs out of the water. If every human on being requires a PFD, your canine companion should too.

6) MQ Motion Sickness Patches for Boaters

MQ Sea Sickness Patches are a safe and effective solution for almost anyone who has struggled with motion sickness. They can be used on long car rides, airplanes, trains, cruises, boats rides and amusement park rides for nausea and motion sickness problems. A 100% natural herbal treatment. No one wants to spend their day hanging over the rail while you're cruising in 3-foot rollers, a little preventative action could help save your day on the water.

7) Premium Boat Scuff Erasers

These Premium Boat Erasers cut through dirt, grease, grime, and scuff marks. Simply moisten with water, squeeze and wipe surfaces clean. They do not contain bleach or harsh chemicals so they're safe for use in kitchens or bathrooms, on fiberglass, aluminum, gelcoat, metal, plastic or other painted surfaces.

8) Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen

The boating standard for UV protection. Nearly every boater has a stash of Banana Boat sunscreen in a galley drawer, and for good reason. Banana Boat Ultra Sport sunscreen is formulated to provide high endurance vs. sweat & water and stands up to outdoor activities with long stretches in the sun. The lightweight and breathable formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without feeling heavy or greasy on skin.

9) Fox 40 Boat Essentials Kit

Got a new boater in your family? Or someone who's looking to make a purchase this off-season in time for spring launch? Help them get prepared. The Fox 40 Boat Essential Kits includes 50 ft of nylon breaded rope with attached float, a flashlight (batteries not included), a whistle, and a bailer. The item is Canadian Coast Guard approved and is required in every vessel on the water.

10) FE Active Dry Bag Waterproof Backpack

The Cloudbreak Dry Bag Backpack has a 30L capacity and is the perfect choice as a mid-size dry bag for on-water activities. It has backpack straps for dryland adventures, increased back support for greater comfort, side mesh net pockets, a built-in interior pocket, and a corded exterior for attaching accessories. For day trips on the lake or for shore leave, it's a great option.

11) Classic Nautical Solid Brass Compass With Leather Case

For a regal captain who appreciates the history of nautical culture and the allure of the open ocean. A solid brass compass with handmade embossed mandala design and accompanying leather case. The quote inside the lid reads "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." All aboard, captain, lead us to adventure.

12) Yacht Captain Hat

Need a novelty gift for the captain in your family? Even if they man the wheel of a 14 foot aluminum fishing boat, a captain is still a captain. For those aspiring to one day stand at the helm of a superyacht, or even for those mariners who just need a holiday chuckle, the captain's hat always make for a great add-on gift.

13) Captain and First Mate Novelty Socks

Speaking of novelty gifts, here's a great way to solidify the camaraderie between captain and first mate. These matching socks have one pair for the captain and one for the first mate and come in handy during cold nights at anchor. Also a great stocking stuffer for the cold winter months.

14) Marine Vinyl Ribbed Fender 4 Pack

These Vivohome boat fenders features multiple-ribbed and reinforced ropeholds, making them a good choice for use in boat locks and tidal areas where fenders are exposed to high stress situations. Made from high quality marine-grade PVC they are an extra tough recreational boating fender with a unique oval design to prevent them from rolling out of position. They're compact for easy storage in small craft, and are easy to install and take off. Package comes with 1 inflator pump and 4 inflating needles.

15) Bungee Dock Lines/Mooring Rope 4-Pack

These handy dock lines absorb shock to boats, cleats, and docks, and make securing your boat quick and simple. Each line has two foam floats to protect from friction while sliding, but also makes accessing and grabbing your lines near the water easier. Each line is 4 feet in length and stretches to a maximum of 5.5 feet to minimize damage to your dock, cleats, or boat during wind or waves. All 4 lines have a slider at each end to make for easy attachment and tie-up. Everyone knows that docking the boat can be a chore, these will make any boater's life a little easier.

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