Top Ten Sailing-Related Father’s Day Gifts

sperry top siders

Sperry Top-Sider Men’s A/O 2 Eye Boat Shoe. I love Sperry’s shoes. They are stylish and practical for boating and Sperry has unveiled a great new range for the summer in collaboration with ‘Band of Outsiders’ with the greatest summer colors like orange, blue, green and plaid…really fun!

The Waterproof Night Vision Monocular is completely waterproof and fog-proof and will float if it’s accidentally dropped into water. It also comes with a tripod socket built in. It produces high quality images by gathering ambient light, from the moon or stars and intensifies them through its specially designed tubes and optics. The resulting green luminescent image is therefore sharp, clear and contrasted perfectly. With the correct amount of moonlight, this monocular will allow vision over a distance of 183m at sea. This a gadget that we recently acquired and we love it for night watches!

The LifeProof iPhone case is a remarkable piece of engineering. The case is fully waterproof (tested in the pool) and it’s also rated for a 6-foot fall. The touch screen doesn’t work underwater. However, since the up volume button doubles as a trigger/start-stop button for the camera, underwater pictures and video can be taken easily. Great accessory!

fina microfiber bath towels

FINA ultra-absorbent waffle weave microfiber bath towel – The fabric of this towel is designed to be super absorbent, anti -odor, antibacterial and it dries very fast…much faster than any cotton towels we have ever used even in the damp weather on a sail boat, they feel dry to the touch in only a few hours after a shower. This is the ultimate boat towel…no more sticky damp towels on board!

Columbia mens short sleeve fishing shirtColumbia Men’s Short-Sleeve Bonehead Fishing Shirt. Every guy I know who visits West Marine, has at least one of these fishing shirts. Their ultra-light and the vented mesh back panel maximizes air circulation. Detailing keeps your tackle organized: Four hook-and-loop fly-box pockets, rod-holder tab, utility loop and tool holder. This shirt is easy to wash and dries quickly. Great for boat gear!

Go anywhere chair

West Marine High-Back Go-Anywhere Seat. We have 2 of these chairs (older version, ours are at least 7 years old already and still working great) and we use them all the time, on the boat, on the beach, on the dock…everywhere! They easily adjust to be a lounge chair or a comfortable chart table seat and this one has arm rests and drink holders. Score!

electric folding bike

Folding Electric Bike. Want to get around in a green way? You can either ride on a bicycle, or get the job done using an electric bicycle. This is the perfect boat transport since it folds in half for easy storage. I have not tried it yet but I have read good reviews about it. We used to have fold-up Dahon bikes onboard and it was a life saver sometimes. Having the electric component is so much better!

dremel cordless rotary tool

Dremel 8200 12V MAX High-Performance Cordless Rotary Tool is a must-have for any man’s tool chest; this tiny motorized tool can do just about anything. Compatible with all Dremel bits and offering a 33% longer run time than the standard 8200. At around $80, it’s a great gift and a tool that should be on every boat.

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