Asia at Sea has rounded up some gift ideas for the sailor in your life. There is something at every budget. Happy shopping.
1. Weather Station
At the higher end of the price range, this three instrument wireless Maximum weather station is an ideal gift for that hard-to-shop-for person, or just about anyone, on your list. US$2,115.00
2. SPOT Gen3 Personal Tracking Device
Mobile phones do not work everywhere but the SPOT Gen3 allows you to stay connected to family or emergency responders wherever you roam. This pocket-sized personal tracking device can automatically communicate with family and friends know you are ok with pre-programmed text messages and emails or sends emergency responders your GPS location at the push of a button. Normally retails for US$169.95 but now FREE after a mail in rebate.
3. Nautical Apron
Sailing themed apron which is handmade locally in Hong Kong. Features an adjustable D-Ring neck strap and long side ties that allow you to tie the apron at the front or back. Top centre pocket for holding your recipe cards or rings! US$45.00
4. Sailing Shorts
Spandex over pants or shorts with padded neoprene in the rear to help you hike harder for longer, or simply use as extra comfort for long sessions on the water. US$115.00 https://www.zhik.com/deckbeater-shorts.html
5. Extra Battery Power
Sailing apps drain the battery of your iPhone. A Mojo Refuel Aqua, the “world’s first waterproof iPhone 5/5s battery case with interchangeable 2200mAh battery case.” It’s not too big or bulky, and spare batteries can be ordered. (US$99.95) The Mojo Invictus Armor Battery Case for iPhone 6/6S isn’t waterproof, but water resistant. (US$109.95) http://www.ibattz.com/product/mojo-invictus-armor
6. Polarized Sunglasses
If you constantly lose or wreck your sunglasses, you may not want to lay out the big bucks for eyewear. Never fear, Tints are here! Priced at $34.99, these lightweight sunglasses are polarized and have bamboo sides, so they’re good for your eyes, your wallet, and the planet, all at the same time.
7. Flip Flops
A gift for those who get Port and Starboard mixed up. Port & Starboard Flip Flops US$31.56
8. Sailing Compass and Speedometer
Velociteck’s Speedpuck is a self contained GPS speedometer and compass which can be mounted just about anywhere with some industrial-strength hook-and-loop fasteners. It’s great for racing in small keelboats and dinghies (double check that it’s not against class rules), or for solo training. It also records your track for review later. US$339
Stop worrying about keeping wine cool and safe on-board. Pour your chilled bottle of wine into the 25 oz. S’well reusable bottle and keep your wine cold for 24 hours. US$45.00
10. Nautical Terms Dictionary
Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a collection of unusual, nautical-based phrases and trivia tidbits for Jack Tars* and landlubbers** alike. These colorful terms and entertaining phrases are explained in plain language and presents their origins―many of which will surprise you! US$13.24
11. Sailing Watch
Gill’s Race Watch is perfect for tracking your starting sequence because the countdown timer has a synchro function and audible alerts. US$99.95
12. Dr Sails epoxy adhesive
Dr Sails epoxy adhesive is quickly becoming a must for every sailor’s toolbox – repairs nearly everything including sails and can even be used underwater. The fast curing epoxy can be used on sails plus most materials in virtually all conditions, including underwater. Video here. From €22.50 for 10ml. sailingtechnologies.com
Sugru is mouldable glue which sticks to most objects and surfaces. It’s very user-friendly, highly malleable, waterproof and comes in 10 bright colours. It’s ideal for both fixing things and giving items a new lease of life as it sets like silicone rubber (flexible and insulated). You must watch WTF is Sugru video here. From £6.99. sugru.com
14. Sailing Calendar
You never tire of looking at a good sailing picture – This wall calendar features stunning color photography of sailing and sailboats. US$7.49
15. Tiwal 3.2 inflatable dinghy
The Tiwal 3.2 inflatable sailing dinghy stows into two compact bags and can be transported in the back of a small hatchback car and stored in a closet. The dinghy can be launched, assembled and sailed anywhere in 20 minutes Read the Asia at Sea review here and Tiwal demonstration video here €5,490.