Sailing Gifts and Gear for Dad

Need a gift idea for a guy who loves sailing? Check out CW's top picks for Father's Day 2013.
waterproof camera, underwater camera

SeaLife ReefMaster underwater camera

Buy It Now SeaLife

This cool new camera from SeaLife is perfect for the cruiser who’s just as passionate about what’s under the water. The 9-megapixel SeaLife SeaLife Reefmaster Underwater Camera is waterproof to 200 feet, features enhanced underwater color correction, and includes a detachable wide-angle lens.

gps marine navigation

McMurdo Fastfind 220 PLB

Buy It Now Revere

This personal locator beacon from McMurdo weighs just 5.4 ounces and transmits on both the 406 MHz search-and-rescue frequency and the 121.5 MHz homing frequency. The Fastfind 220has an impressive 6-year battery life and will transmit continuously for a minimum of 24 hours once activated.

west marine radio

West Marine VHF460

VHF460 radio from West Marine West Marine

The full-function handheld VHF460 radio from West Marine pretty much has it all—it floats, has a built-in GPS, DSC functions, and even NMEA 0183 output to your autopilot.

infrared grill, outdoor grill,

Magma Newport infrared grill

Buy It Now Magma

Who doesn’t like to have the catch of the day or a burger fresh off the grill while watching the sunset from the cockpit? The Newport infrared stainless-steel gas grill from Magma uses infrared technology for intense, even heating and can operate with either propane or CNG.

garmin watch, smart watch

Garmin quatix watch

Buy It Now Garmin

This watch would make James Bond proud—it does pretty much everything. The Garmin quatix features a GPS with altimeter and three-axis compass, it can stream NMEA 2000 data, can control Garmin autopilots, has special racing features, and even automatic MOB detection, tide, and temperature information. How cool!

rum, south sea rum

South Sea Rum

Perfect after a day on the water! South Sea

All the way from Oz, South Sea Rum is Australia’s premier blonde sipping rum and is crafted with “watermen” in mind. It’s crafted with the free-run juice from the first pressing of hand-selected Queensland sugar cane crops using environmentally friendly practices. The result is a rum with subtle smoky and vanilla notes that is sweet and creamy on the nose with a long, dry finish—perfect after a day on the water!

Boye Boat knife, marine knife, marine knives

Boye Boat Knife

Boye Boat Knives are designed especially for the marine environment. Boye Boat

For safety reasons, everyone on board should have a good knife while on watch. Boye Boat Knives are designed especially for the marine environment and are constructed out of dendritic cobalt that won’t rust and stays sharp. The Basic 3, shown here, comes with either a pointed or rounded tip and is ideal for everything from cutting through high-tech rigging to working in the galley.

floatation pants, waders, wading overalls, marine overalls, marine pants

Mustang Survival Catalyst Floatation Pants

Buy It Now Mustang Survival

Mustang Survival has updated the traditional “float coat” with the new Catalyst floatation jacket and pants (shown here). Designed to integrate with the Catalyst Flotation Jacket or Coat, this flotation pant is fully seam-sealed to provide protection from rain and spray without the clammy feeling of traditional flotation pants and provide additional floatation and hypothermia protection.

lifejacket ipad case, waterproof ipad case

LifeJacket iPad case

Buy It Now SlipGrip

With iPads being used aboard for just about everything these days, you’ve gotta keep them protected. The new LifeJacket iPad case is made for life aboard—it’s completely waterproof and dustproof, features a 3M glare-reducing screen cover, has built-in floatation, and has multiple mounting options.

inflatable boat, flats boats

Airborne inflatable flats boat

Airborne inflatable flats boat gives you access to places that are too shallow for your dinghy. Airborne

The cruising life definitely takes you to some fishing hotspots, and the Airborne inflatable flats boat can give you access to places that are too shallow for your dinghy. It draws less than 5 inches of water and can be poled, rowed, or even motored with a 2.5-horsepower engine. The drop-stitch floor and 48-inch beam provide a stable platform for one or two anglers to stand up and cast, and when deflated, the boat can be stowed in a lazarette.


WaayCool handline

Comes pre-wrapped on a 10-inch handle (longer lines are on a 12-inch handle). WaayCool

Trolling for mahi or tuna is a favorite pastime of many cruisers, and a handline is a simple and compact way to do this. The WaayCool Deep Sea handline is made with 5-millimeter nylon rope joined to a 25-foot segment of monofilament and terminated with a QuickRig swivel. They come pre-wrapped on a 10-inch handle (longer lines are on a 12-inch handle).

boat shoes, cruising shoes, sailing shoes, boating shoes

Sperry Sea Kite Sport Moc

Buy It Now Sperry

The Sperry men’s Sea Kite Sport Moc has a traditional look, but has mesh sides and lining to promote quick drying—just right for summer sailing. The sole features Sperry’s Adaptive Wave-Siping which disperses water underfoot, and the foot bed has a removable full-length compression molded EVA liner.

art, boating art, sailing art

Second Wind by Pierce Everett

Cruising art. Pierce Everett

Spruce up dad’s “man cave” with a gorgeous print from marine artist Pierce Everett. In this piece, Second Wind, the artist, who is also a sailor, captured the conditions after a storm off of Morocco while he was sailing his boat, Argentaire.

thermacell, lanterns, boat lanterns, outdoor lantern, mosquito repellant lantern

ThermaCell lantern

Buy It Now Thermacell

Nothing sucks the joy out of an otherwise perfect evening of cockpit sundowners than mosquitos. For years most cruisers have relied on repellent sprays or mosquito coils, but here is something different. The cordless ThermaCell Outdoor Insect-Repellent Lantern is both a powerful insect repellent device and a functional and portable, long-lasting outdoor LED lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Rather than a harmful toxin, ThermaCell utilizes allethrin, an artificial version of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers.

binoculars, marine binoculars

Steiner Commander XP

Buy It Now Steiner

Every boat needs a great pair of binoculars, and the Steiner Commander XP definitely fits that bill. They feature XP Optics, which offers high-definition optics and optimum light transmission in the dark, and clear, high-contrast images in daylight. The Nano-Protection coating keeps the lenses free from moisture, and the illuminated and stabilized compass makes taking a bearing easy even in rough seas.

multitools, boat tools, pocket tools

Leatherman Wave

Buy It Now Leatherman

Ask any sailor what tool they use the most, and they’ll likely reply “my Leatherman.” The all stainless-steel Leatherman Wave multi-tool features pliers, a knife, screwdrivers, and more—perfect when you have a quick project aboard.


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