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2018 Boaters' Holiday Gift Guide

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 11/26/18 8:29 AM
What do you do with a drunken sailor's empty Christmas stocking? 

The holiday season is in full swing! This Christmas, opt for one of these boating tools, toys, or tech accessories for the captain and crew in your life. 

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  • 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)

  • If your captain is one to keep his eyes on the horizon, stabilized binoculars might be a game-changer for 2019. Two to try:  Canon's 10x30 for $440 or Fujinon's Techno Stabi TS1440 for $1,000.

  • 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

  • I still stand by the Anker charging brick I've mentioned in years past, which saw some updates in 2018 – get the latest for $50.


Boating Gear & Garb

Galley Gifts


Boat & Home Decor

  • 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! 

  • More boat stuff that stows away small: the iZEEKER Inflatable Lounger ($20). 

  • A custom model of your captain's boat might be just the ticket – one shop I've had recommended to me is SD Model Makers

  • I'm officially a fan of 727Sailbags, which recycles sails into – you guessed it – bags, but goes above and beyond to not only include the story of each sail's history, but expands their inventory beyond the more typical offshore duffel ($210) or tote bag ($190) to offer everything from deck chairs to lamp shades to this sweet laundry basket

  • Sometimes the little things make the biggest impact. Turn your boat's fishing tower into a multitasking machine with Roswell Marine's Seahorse Hanger ($38). 

That's a wrap!

Let me know if I hit the mark or missed your wishlist item by emailing becky@dockwa.com

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.


See our 2017 Gift Guide 

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