Anyone leaving cell phone range regularly should have a satellite communicator these days – equip your boater with the new Spot X, the latest 2-way version with a keypad you can text on and post to social media to keep family and friends up to date on their travels. ($249)
For the amateur die-hard documentarians on your crew, help keep their mobile recording gear safe. After trying some cheaper versions, this year I'm investing in a LoopyCases per a recommendation from a new crewmate, who also pairs hers with a floating wristband for $7.
Sleeping aboard is an often overlooked highlight of boating, in my humble opinion. Snuggling up is even better when you don't have to worry about mildew. I'm psyched to try the new Buffy comforter, which uses 100% recycled plastic and I'm told are heavenly, on board and off. ($190)
Peace of mind is always a welcome gift! Give the whole crew a BoatUS Membership, which includes 24/7 dispatch assistance, a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, fuel, transient slip and repair discounts; and member rewards at West Marines. ($24)
Boating Gear & Garb
When I really love my gear, I can't shut up about it – so when one captain I know wouldn't shut up about his gear-obsession of the summer, I took notice. He swears by his Shelta Seahawk Hat ($70 $64.50) – which stays cool and comfortable, its stiff brim doesn't flop, repels water, and provides UV protection.
Spyderco tops our list again this year with their Caribbean Leaf C217GP Folding Knife ($165 on Amazon) – rustproof, precise, and safe as heck with the compression lock, this knife's color also means you're less likely to lose it at the bottom of a drybag.
Dockwa boater Richard Perkins reached out to us to share My Custom Chart, nautical watercolor charts he customizes to include the gift recipient's boat, favorite fish, or home.
Less customized, but still super cool: Benoit's Design creates handcrafted nautical charts by laser engraving on birch wood panels for every state in the country. Thanks to Dockwa crewmate Katie D. for the suggestion!
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This is the season where we feel luckiest for what we have, a reminder that there are many with much less and causes in need. Whatever you choose, you can never go wrong with a gift in your loved one's named to a seaworthy charity.