It's not too late! Valentine's Day is Tuesday, but you still have time to surprise your sailing sweetheart. Check out our recommendations for the salty, sparkly, or down-to-earth boater in your life.
Valentine's Day can seem stressful when you're pressed to find the perfect gift, so we've found some options that might just help save the day.
Keep in mind: with any boating-related item you gift someone, big or small, it's the thought that counts. It's also the perfect way to present them with something that can't be gift-wrapped: an adventure! Pair a present with a weekend away and you're more than golden.
Sparkly & Salty
If you're shopping for jewelry, Amazon's selection tends to come up a little short (and we love Amazon for the quick shipping turnaround). If you live within driving distance, you can find some sparkle at SailorMade in Boston, Lemon & Line in stores along the east coast, and Sperry in West Marines everywhere. Online, Kiel James Patrick and other online shops are still shipping free priority as of Thursday! For those shopping for gents, we love the Sperry Top-Side Skipper watch.
For most of our blog posts, we ask our boaters and friends for input. One friend of Dockwa had this to say: "For Christmas, I bought him everything from Yeti. It doesn't matter if you're a boater, all men love Yeti." Check out one of our favorites, YETI's stainless steel insulated Rambler.
Silly & Sensible
Show your boating valentine how much you love not fighting with them. The amazing Hook & Moor Boat Hook makes every mooring-catch a breeze. And what better way to invite someone to be your first mate than to make sure they're comfortable lending a hand? Gift your valentine the Partner in Command BoatUS online course. If you need a study break and are buried under snow like we are in New England, cozy up for a funny Valentine's with a showing of The Love Boat.
If your valentine has been eyeing some longer voyages, consider the DeLorme InReach Explorer with Built-in Navigation, heralded by our friends at ActiveCaptain, which provides vessel tracking info for the folks at home, and has an SOS option built in as well. As for other electronics? A pair of Polk Audio waterproof speakers will liven up any outing whether you're on-deck or in the water. If your boater is a book-lover, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift for quiet times on board.
A Weekend on the Water
Remember: One gift that never goes out of style is a romantic weekend cruise. From Maine's rocky coast to the sunny Caribbean, Dockwa makes planning your next trip a breeze. Book a slip for two at one of your favorite destinations, or keep things lively and explore new waters!
By: Becky Pineo
Published on 2/9/17 2:00 PM