Holy sugar plums! Is it gift-giving season again already? It is indeed, but that means it’s also gift-getting season! Here are a few choice selections that are sure to please your favorite sailor.
The Tower Adventurer inflatable paddle board is a great choice for beginner paddlers or avid paddlers needing a more convenient solution. Probably the best part about the 9’10” Adventurer, aside from the fact that it rolls up to the size of a sleeping bag, is how incredibly stiff it is – it can support nearly 400 pounds! The reason is the board’s 6” thickness, which represents a giant leap forward in inflatable SUP rigidity. The package is priced at $699, which includes hand pump, 3-piece adjustable paddle and free shipping. Visit towerpaddleboards.com to learn more.
SeaLife’s 14-megapixel DC1400 camera combines diver-friendly design and six underwater color modes for sharp, colorful underwater photos and HD video. The camera’s features include five widespread “Piano Key” controls, a built-in 26mm wide-angle lens, and a Super Macro Auto Focus mode that captures subjects as close as one inch. The DC1400 can easily be expanded with lighting accessories, and it is also available in several preassembled, ready-to-dive sets. The suggested retail price is $529.95. For more information, visitwww.sealife-cameras.com
The Vaavud™ wind meter turns your smartphone into a high-tech meteorological tool. Using reliable electronic-free technology, it communicates directly with the phone’s magnetic field sensor. The free Vaavud™ App has a clean interface that shows actual, mean and max wind speeds, with a range from 4 to 48 knots. The smoothed graph provides additional data on variations in strength as well as a quick overview. The graph supports both drag and pinch to zoom so data can be viewed in fine detail. It’s $49.95 at the Dinghy Shop in Amityville, NY. Call 631-264-0005 or visit dinghyshop.com
Gill’s i5 Crosswind jacket and salopettes are truly versatile mid-layer performers. Their nylon tactel ripstop shells have hydrophilic PU coating on the inside, a durable water repellent treatment on the outside, and fully taped seams. They’re both fully lined with a quick drying 100% polyester fleece insulation that will keep you warm, even when wet. They can be worn as either a mid-layer or an outer layer in light conditions. They’re available in Graphite in sizes S - XXL at Landfall in Stamford, CT. Call 800-941-2219 or visitwww.landfallnavigation.com/gillfoulgear.html
This functional folding yachtsman tool is ideal for regular onboard maintenance, and could be a lifesaver in an emergency. The serrated blade and tools, including a shackle key and marlinspike, are made from marine grade 420 stainless steel. A titanium coating provides even greater corrosion resistance. The Gill Marine Tool comes with a protective pouch with belt loop. It’s available at The Boat Locker in Westport, CT. Call 203-259-7808 or visitwww.boatlocker.com. Mention WindCheck and get free UPS ground shipping to your door!
Perfect for an autumn day or as an extra insulating layer for protection from the elements when winter arrives, North Sails’ Fleece Ladies Vest comes in four fashionable colors. Machine washable with a full front zipper and stitch detail across the front, you'll find this piece cozy and light, yet incredibly warm! Look for this vest, along with a wide range of outerwear for men and women, tee shirts, bags, gift ideas for family and crew and more atwww.northsailsgear.com. Make us your one-stop for holiday shopping – or something for yourself!
Style Newport offers some of the chicest nautical jewelry this side of the Atlantic. Original designs are based on nautical signal flags. Wear your initials, someone else’s initials or create a piece that is uniquely your own. This year, joining the popular Signal Flag Jewelry is the “Newport” Dive. Available at stylenewport.com
Tidepieces by Alan Winick are the world’s most unusual tide clocks! A reliable tide clock is paired with a moving picture that actually shows the tide rising and falling in real time! Hung on a wall or set on the mantel, they make the ideal gift for anyone who loves the sea. Each clock is handmade by Alan in his Connecticut studio. They are available in a variety of whimsical designs and colors, will run all year on a single AA battery, and are covered by a three-year warranty. Dimensions are 11”x6.5” x2.5”. They are available for $139 at tidepieces.com.
This ultra-portable power supply will keep laptops and tablets charged up anywhere you go. The Sherpa 50 Solar Recharger is easy to pack and light to carry so your gear now goes the same distance you do and quickly recharges from wall, car or sun. It’s available for $349.99 at West Marine. Visit www.westmarine.com
This LED lighting system by Nocqua attaches to any stand up paddleboard, kayak, canoe or small sailboat. The system includes two waterproof LED lighting tracks, an adjustable harness, a 12V rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and a charger. The easy-to-assemble kit takes minimal time to attach to a board, and can be attached and removed. It’s available for $399.99 at West Marine. Visit www.westmarine.com
The ECOXBT by Grace Digital is a shock resistant, floating, waterproof, full-range rechargeable wireless speaker system. It can do everything from streaming and playing your music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone/audio device to answering your calls over the built-in speaker phone. It’s available for $129.99 at West Marine. Visit www.westmarine.com
This is the thinnest, lightest, strongest all-protective iPhone case ever created. It’s waterproof, it’s designed to work seamlessly with the iPhone5, and it’s available for $79.99 at West Marine. For more information, visitwww.lifeproof.com and westmarine.com.
Sail it? Kayak it? Pedal it? Paddle it? Solo or tandem? Go solo or grab a partner and enjoy the ride on a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island! The puff hits and the Tandem Island’s leeward ama chisels into the water, its efficient, square-topped mainsail immediately translating increased wind speed into extra boat speed. Both cockpits are fitted with steerage and sail-handling controls, allowing sailors of all abilities to share the experience. The crossbars, amas and sail rig are easily stripped, converting the Tandem Island’s hull into a highly efficient, pedal-or paddle-powered touring kayak with hatches and on-deck stowage for multi-day escapes. From only $5,599 and available at The Boat Locker in Westport. Call us at 203-259-7808.
BoatNameGear.com offers a unique variety of personalized nautical gifts. The online store, based in Connecticut, makes it easy to order embroidered apparel, as well as items for the galley such as bamboo cutting boards and bottle openers engraved with a boat name or any text. Other items include life rings, decorative pillows and fender covers, all personalized with your boat name. Turn-around time is one week for most items, and no minimum order size is needed. Pictured are an engraved ship’s wheel cheese board, ceramic mug, embroidered shirt and hat, and a personalized pillow made in Connecticut out of marine grade fabric. To order, call toll tree 800-306-8708 or visit BoatNameGear.com.
This limited edition lithograph of a painting by internationally acclaimed marine artist John Stobart was produced by The New York Times Store in collaboration with the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery. The fine-art print is available unframed or framed and as a special “Square Rigger Edition” (pictured) that includes an actual piece of wood from the Wavertree, the largest full-rigged ship still afloat, built in England and now preserved at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York. To order, visit jrusselljinishiangallery.com.
Perfect for the sailors in your life, these 100% silk ties say it all. From colorful catboats, signal flags and fleets of sloops to fish and whales, these fun nautical themed ties add the right amount of sophistication and fun to any man’s look. They’re available at Landfall in Stamford, CT. Get yours at landfallnav.com.
This holiday season, give green! Sea Bags designs and manufactures tote bags and accessories from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine. With a wide variety to choose from, everyone will be happy with a Sea Bags gift under the tree! For more information and to order, visit seabags.com.
The most popular sailing watch in the world just got better. Ronstan’s Clear Start™ race timer and watches are completely updated for 2014 with bold new styling and true sailing functionality. Besides the fresh new look they feature large buttons, easy to read displays and advanced intuitive programming designed specifically with the racing sailor in mind. Developed with input from some of the world’s top sailors, Clear Start™ watches and timers are sure to set the standard for years to come. If you’re looking for a simple competitive edge, the difference is Clear Start™. The Clear Start™ Race Timer is available for $119.95 at Sound Boatworks in Westbrook, CT. Call 800-459-3886 or visit soundboatworks.com.
Give your boat a sophisticated and authentic feel this holiday season with a historically accurate cannon from Strong Firearms. Utilizing centuries-old designs, Strong Firearms crafts quality pieces to suit your taste. Teak, ebony and mahogany finishes offer a look of luxury while superior design offers total functionality. Strong Firearms offers a variety of sizes and models to suit your sailing style. For more information on models offered, please visit us at strongfirearms.com or call 203-283-1826.
Style Newport offers some of the chicest nautical jewelry this side of the Atlantic. Original designs are based on nautical signal flags. Wear your initials, someone else’s initials or create a piece that is uniquely your own. This year, joining the popular Signal Flag Jewelry (pictured) is the “Newport” Dive Watch. For jewelry with a nautical twist, stop into Style Newport at 306 Thames Street, Newport, RI, call 401-847-1470 or visit StyleNewport.com.
Through Tidelines’ website, we created 2014 wall calendars with crew photos from this season. Each month has a different photo that we uploaded through tidelines.com and selected our local tides, which display graphically. The tide station options are very localized, i.e. Stratford, CT Housatonic River, Bristol, Newport, City Island, etc. The software prompts you through an easy process and the calendars– measuring 11” x 17” and printed on glossy stock – came out great. Depending on how many you order, prices range from $6.50 to $19.95 each. These calendars make great gifts for crews, cruising clubs, families or customers, and many non-profits have created custom calendars to fundraise! For more information, visit tidelines.com.
Tackle onboard cutting tasks with ease with this essential onboard tool, constructed of corrosion-resistant stainless steel with a Delrin® handle. It’s molded to fit your hand and features a quick-cut serrated sheepsfoot blade, a safety blade lock and a belt clip. It’s available for only $9.99 at West Marine. Visit westmarine.com.
Whether you’re sailing a dinghy or a big boat, peak performance requires maximum traction. Sperry Top-Sider’s SeaRacer uses GripX3 Technology™ to provide ultimate grip through a unique and lab-tested combination of Adaptive Wave Siping™ and Hydro Grip™ rubber. The removable interactive footbed with independent chambers improves sensory feedback and overall reaction, while hydrophobic uppers and linings promote ultra-fast drying. They’re available for $109.99 at West Marine. Visit westmarine.com
For about the same price as socks or underwear, you can give the boater in the family a Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) gift membership. They’ll receive a subscription to BoatUS Magazine and 24/7 nationwide dispatch with $50 of on-the-water boat towing assistance and $50 of roadside assistance for a disabled boat trailer and tow vehicle. Exclusive fuel, transient slip and repair discounts, savings on boating gear, fun online learning opportunities and access to lots of “how-to” information is also included. Annual membership is an affordable $24 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-395-2628. For more information including available upgrades, visit BoatUS.com/towing/services.asp.