Well, once again, the Holiday season is moving in on us like a Class IV hurricane. And, like a lot of folks, you’ve probably been racking your brain on what gifts to give this year. Socks? Ties? A, gulp, sweater? C’mon you can do better than that! Especially if you’ve got a boater or sailor on your list.
While a new boat cover or seats might be appreciated, there are some really cool nautical gifts out there that will brighten up any boater’s holiday. Here are a few ideas.
Chart Weights from Weems & Plath make a good looking addition to any boater’s cabin or den. Made from solid forged brass, they won’t tarnish or show fingerprints. And there’s a great selection. Choose from Quartz Clock, Compass, Magnifier, or Thermometer chart weights, or chart weight and pen sets. Most of these gifts run in the $50 neighborhood.
Nautical Clocks are another timeless gift choice. Weems & Plath has a varied selection of sharp looking Quartz, Bell, Time & Tide, Radio Control and Porthole style clocks in your choice of corrosion resistant aluminum, forged brass and mahogany. Prices range from around $75 to over $500 for the deeper pocket set. If time’s already on their side, there’s also a great selection of precision weather gauges in attractive housings ($100-$350).
For the boat itself, the classic style and cast brass construction of a Weems & Plath Ship Bell makes for a good looking and functional gift. Sizes range from 4″ to 12″, with the 8 1/2″ a nd 12″ bell meeting U.S. Coast Guard requirements for larger commercial vessels. Prices range from around $40 to $550, depending on size. And Weems & Plath Yacht Lamps look great both on the boat or around the house. They come in an assortment of classic styles and sizes, with prices ranging from $50 to $290.
Got a fisherman on your list? They’d probably love a new Fishing Vest. Evolution and First Watch both make several good quality vests for fisherman and sportsmen that are comfortable, functional and provide safety (USCG approved Type III). Prices range from $33 to $80. With prices like that, you’ll be able to throw in a StickyBoard Fish Fillet Board (8.95!). Suction cups keep the fillet board securely anchored to the counter or transom while you’re cutting bait or filleting fish out on the water. Great for the boat or at home!
Don’t forget the stocking stuffers! The DeckMate 6-in-1 Stainless Deck Key Tool has six essential tools in one package; two universal deck keys, a boat shackle key, flat head screwdriver, ¼” hex driver, zipper/toggle puller and bottle opener (16.95). And for the younger angler, the Backyard Bass Standard Starter Set (9.95), colorful plastic casting targets and plugs, make learning to cast fun and easy!
So whether it’s for a boat owner or just a recreational sailor or fisherman, there’s a nautical gift on this list sure to make this holiday a memorable one.