Gifts for Dads and Grads and the gear you need to get your season started right.
Updated: June 8, 2015
Timex Yacht Racer
Know someone who needs a new watch? Check out the new Timex Yacht Racer. The unique bi-direction center hand provides a countdown to start and a perfect date you’ll never have to set. Plus, Timex donates $11 from every Yacht Racer sold to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta to aid their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. $220; Timex.com
Nothing says summer like flip-flops. The new Dunes line from Hari Mari has beveled edges to reduce catching and tripping, and firm arch support for all-day comfort. $45; harimari.com
If your anchor doesn’t quite fit right on your bow roller, take a look at Anchor Mate from Mantus Anchors. It attaches to the bow roller and adjusts to fit your anchor. The simple, heavy-duty stainless-steel device keeps your anchor secure and eliminates wobbling. $71; mantusanchors.com
The new wireless, solar powered wind instrument from SailTimer features an innovative wind-cup design that maintains wind accuracy even when the boat is heeled. Smaller than traditional masthead-mounted units, the SailTimer is only 7.4 inches tall, just over 8 inches wide and weighs just 9 ounces. Wireless data is transmitted via Bluetooth; it is NMEA 0183 compliant and will work with a variety of third-party apps. $450; sailtimerwind.com
Gill Regatta Timer
The new Regatta Timer from Gill pulls double duty — it can be worn watch-style on a wrist, or the elastic band can be strapped to a convenient place on board. The large face is easily viewable from a distance so you’ll make it to the line on time. $100; gillna.com
A wet dinghy ride is no match for the Ronstan Roll-Top Dry Backpack. The durable PVC-coated waterproof material, welded seams and secure hook-and-loop and snap closure will keep your gear dry. $70; ronstan.us
Perfect for summer adventure photography both underwater and on land, the AquaPod Mini monopod from SeaLife can help you get better close-ups of sea creatures. It’s made from noncorrosive materials, extends up to 38 inches and can fit most cameras.
If you want to protect your skin while sailing or snorkeling but don’t like the tight fit of a typical rash guard, then check out the Gill Race shirt. It fits more like a T-shirt, is quick drying and offers UPF 50+ protection.
6Sperry’s new Sharktooth Thong Sandal features a leather upper for good looks ashore, and grippy molded siping for traction underfoot. $35; sperry.com
Rain on the horizon? No problem! The Seattle Sombrero from Outdoor Research is made for it. The wide brim is shaped to direct water away from your face, and the breathable Gore-Tex construction will keep you dry. $60; outdoorresearch.com
Need a new ride? The Walker Bay Odyssey Superlight center-console RIB is designed to carry to people in comfort. At only 10 feet and weighing 328 pounds, the RIB planes easily with the standard 9.8 hp engine. The hull is foam cored to maximize buoyancy. $9,695; walkerbay.com
The new life rafts from Crewsaver are designed for the recreationsal market and are available in sizes to accommodate four to twelve people. The rafts have a 12-year fabric and seam warranty and an extended three-year service interval. $1,500 and up; crewsaver.com