Every day until Christmas I’m posting a gift for your sailor to use and appreciate. Use the time and money you save here for better things, like taking your sailor out somewhere nice.
Chart Metalworks red bronze rope bracelet
Nautical bling (Is “bling” still a thing?)
Handmade bracelet holding a snippet of a chart of your sailor’s location.
Note: If you're going to be late, go hard. This piece takes 11 business days to make, a few more days to ship.
This is so cool! Custom made, one of a kind. Nylon rope and bronze are genuine nautical materials, resistant to water and outdoor abuse.
Get it engraved for $25 more, gift-wrapped for $5 more.
West Marine eGift card
When you should have bought a gift sooner
A last resort if it’s too late to get anything shipped to your fave sailor on time. Thankfully, online gift cards are instant. The 21st century is good for at least one thing.
ENO DoubleNest hammock
Sailors like to swing in comfort
Stores in its own pouch, weighs 19 oz, fits 2 people, strong nylon fabric. Suspend it from your rigging/spars or two trees on shore.
Taylor Made EcoBlast rechargeable signal air horn
Sometimes a sailor needs to be even louder
I have one and I’ve been using it for years. It still works great. 120 dB is loud, loud enough to make you cover your ears. Rechargeable with a bicycle pump.
BikeMaster safety wire pliers with stainless steel wire
A quick fix to get home in one piece
There are as many uses for safety wire as there are frantic failures and missing tiny parts. Use the pliers to safely, quickly, neatly cut and twist. Includes 25 feet of wire, enough to last for years.
Samson splicing fid kit
Good for idle hands and loose ends
Splicing your own line is fun to learn in the off-season. It’s satisfying, simplifies rigging, and makes a boat more ship-shape. Handles double-braided line from 1/4" to 1/2".
Note: In the Size option, choose Samson Fid Kit.
A simple solution for the soggy wallet
Crush-proof, dust-proof, and water-resistant. Good for car keys, camera, wallet. I also use one to store my first aid kit. Comes in a few sizes and colors.
Regular price: $23.99-$94.99
GoBag dry bag for phones
Protect your sailor’s precious social media device
Makes a phone waterproof. Magnetic seal. Touch screen, buttons, camera, speaker, and microphone work normally. Three sizes: Minnow (small), Dolphin (medium), Mako (large).
ProMariner handheld digital multimeter
Upgrade electrical things and fix the previous owner’s bad decisions
Measures AC/DC amperage and voltage, continuity with audible alert, and resistance. Backlit display.
Regular price: $38.40
Kobo Aura ONE e-reader
The most versatile way to read anywhere
Waterproof, big 7.8-inch high-contrast, high-resolution screen with back light, battery lasts for weeks, wifi.
Buy e-books from Indigo, borrow from your public library, download free e-books from Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg, and keep service manuals for repairing busted gear. Not compatible with copy protection from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and so on.
Evergreen Pacific log book
Stop forgetting and start remembering
124 pages, spiral-bound, tabs for sections on vessel information, cruising log, maintenance log, fuel log, radio log, and inventory.
Regular price: $21.99
Coast A9R rechargeable inspection penlight
Shine light in cramped, dark spaces
Regular price: $60
Compact, versatile, weather resistant, LED bulb, stainless steel body, lithium battery, inductive charging, lifetime warranty. Useful for fixing broken things in cramped, dark spaces.
Gah Oh sailcloth bags
A practical, unique way to carry things
Hand-made from reused sailcloth. Each is one-of-a-kind. Styles include laptop, messenger, and old-school bosun.
Shipping: around $16, customs brokerage fees might apply
Jefferson’s Ocean bourbon
Enjoy a sundowner with a story
Distill bourbon. Put it in oak barrels. Put the barrels on a ship. Travel to 5 continents and cross the equator 4 times. Enjoy.
Get it engraved for $20 more.
Shipping: $15-20 for 3-5 day shipping, around $70 for overnight shipping, free for orders over $150.
SPOT Gen3 satellite personal tracker
Assure loved ones at home
Tracks position, sends check-in and custom messages.
Important! Don't forget the service plan.
KOVOT waterproof playing cards
Play with a full deck (for once)
Durable plastic, 54 cards, plastic carrying case. No mildew, no mushy mess after being forgotten in the bilge over the winter.
Shipping: qualifies for free Amazon shipping.
Grundéns Brigg 40 parka tall
Sail in cold or bad weather
Durable workwear for fishermen that looks good on a sailor. Waterproof PVC-coated cotton, reinforced cuffs, hidden buttons, choice of three colors.
Good Old Boat magazine subscription
Get your fix during the off-season
One of my fave magazines. Adventures, reviews, and in-depth articles on maintenance and upgrading. This isn’t a rag of copy-pasted product announcements.
Gill Race watch
Simple, usable, decent looks, questionable battery life
Waterproof (duh), time and date, alarm, race countdown, lap timer. I have one myself.
Regular price: $110.00
Shipping: $10.90, free for orders of $199 or more.
Saint-James Marin Miki watch cap
Stay warm on board, wear French fashion on shore
Traditional look, 4 colors, one size fits all with hidden adjustable closing, 70% wool/30% polyester for warmth and comfort.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker digital camera
The Swiss Army knife of action cameras
Super-versatile action camera. Waterproof, shockproof. Records 4K video, still photos, GPS position, temperature, altitude/depth, and compass direction. Can even be used as a flashlight. Includes memory card and carrying case. The only thing missing is the galley sink.
NorChill BoatBag xTreme cooler bag
Transport food & drinks to your icebox or carry a picnic in the dinghy
Waterproof shell and zippers, leak-proof & puncture-resistant liner, folds when not in use, in 24- or 48-can sizes, plenty of side pockets.
Shipping: free for orders $199 and over
Leatherman Heritage Wave+ multi-tool
Every sailor should carry a pocket knife
18 tools in 1, stainless steel, 25-year guarantee. Get it engraved with your sailor’s name for an extra $7.95.
Shipping: free for orders over $75
Stearns neoprene cold water gloves
Warm, dry fingers in fall, winter, and spring
Seams are glued and sewn, 2mm neoprene, sizes S to XXL.
Shipping: free for orders over $99
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