Great Gifts for Sailors
It's December 1st and the day I usually sit down to create a list of gifts I might consider for my sailing buddies. No one really wants just practical gifts, so I've concentrated on going beyond pure utility and have selected a few items that have some bling or tech gizmo appeal. Fortunately, sailing is often associated with gadgets that do evolve over time into things that makes things easier and more fun. So here goes.
1) Luci Light
2) Sonic Soak
3) Mustang Survival TRACTION Full Finger Glove US$40, €35
From the manufacturers of the Mustang Survival Suit or Dry Suit, for cooler days on the water, these gloves improve dexterity by preserving warmth and offering a snug fit with reduced bulk in the finger tips.
4) Solavore Sport solar cooker US$269.95, €239
5) Antal Speedylock Winch handles US$126, €111
Have you ever had trouble removing the winch handles from the winches because the thumb release doesn't quite release? The Antal handles are the answer providing a 250 mm long handle arm made of forged aluminum with lightening holes. Four different grips are available: the simple grip, the double grip, the new ball grip and the ball simple. The grip is covered with rubber to give a firm hold and runs on two ball bearings to increase its efficiency (single-grip and ball-grip only).
6) Anker PowerCore 20100 Battery US$50, €44
Power is the thing we most crave these days as everything electronic has us hooked. The Anker PowerCore 20100 will recharge your Galaxy S8 five times or the iPhone 8 almost seven times. Keep your electronics topped up at high speed without running the inverter.
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7) Ecopebble lite waterproof bluetooth speaker US$40, €35
Pair your Ecopebble with your smart phone and you've got a powerful audio system that floats, is waterproof, can be mounted, and has a 7-hour battery life. What's not to like? Our onboard stereo system had long ago packed in it and this is what we've used ever since. We are amazed by the quality of the sound that comes out of these tiny boxes. You can even bring it to the beach BBQ or on your SUP. Cool!
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8) EmeTerm anti-nausea wristband
FDA cleared physical therapy for motion sickness, altitude sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy based on electrical stimulation via TENS technology. No use of drugs; No gel; No side effects and works quickly. Rechargeable with a waterproof rating of IP22. Easy to carry, hypo-allergenic, multi-country patented. Clinically proven for prevention of vomiting and nausea. There are five levels of intensity in EmeTerm, and users can choose the level that works for them. Different things work for different people so this is definitely worth a try if you or a loved one suffer from seasickness.
9) Membership in the Ocean Cruising Club US$70, €62, £55 annually plus £50 one time joining fee
Have you or someone you know crossed an ocean or completed a 1000 mi passage or plan to do so in the not too distant future? Then membership in this truly amazing organization would make a very special gift indeed. It is the only truly global sailing organization with members in more than 60 countries. A global network of Port Officers and Regional Rear Commodores who provide assistance and access to local knowledge as well as organise events for members to meet up is invaluable to those sailing far and wide. Discounts for marinas and insurance, beautiful publications, awards and much more are among the numerous benefits. This is a gift that will keep on giving back. Visit the website to learn more. www.oceancruisingclub.org
10) "Happy Hooking, The art of anchoring" book and webinar US$29.95, €26.50
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of knowledge that will deliver a good night's sleep with information about anchors, technique, and even etiquette.The best selling book about boat anchoring is available direct from the publisher or via amazon.com. It is very readable with many anecdotes about learning the 'hard way.' And if you want something a bit more interactive, the authors are once again conducting their ever popular webinar in March through the Great Lakes Cruising Club. You don't have to be a member to listen in and you can download the webinar at your leisure.
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