Boating & Paddling Holiday Gift Guide

 

Boating & Paddling Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is on us already and finding that perfect gift for the one who loves to be on, in or around the water can be difficult. Our editors have scoured all kinds of trade shows this year and have come up with a few ideas that might just be the perfect gift. They are all available from local vendors, online and through big box box retailers such as Westmarine.com

The Fusion Stereoactive portable marine stereo system can provide audiophile quality sound to anyone on the water in a compact waterproof form that requires no holes or drilling to mount. As equally at home on the front of a paddleboard or at the help of a larger craft, the portable stereo is more than just a Bluetooth speaker. While able to stream all your music from your smartphone it also has an AM/FM tuner as well as Weatherband radio (for North America Only). If you would rather listen to your favorite tunes via a USB flash drive, there is a waterproof cavity that will enable that too. With high end audio via a custom designed system and amplifier the sound is not what is expected from such a compact stereo. It has large tactile controls on top that can easily be manipulated with the tough of a paddle or your hand and can give audio indication of the button touched. Attached to any hard surface via an included puck the stereo simply locks onto the puck and is easily removed via a latch. There is an optional dry box that latches to the bottom of the stereo and then in turn to the mounting puck that enables you to keep your phone dry and safe while transmitting to the stereo. There is even a spot to mount your action cam. Should it fall in the water this waterproof system even floats so it would be easy to retrieve. By downloading the appropriate app you can remotely control it from your smart device or smart watch. Powered by an internal rechargeable lithium battery it can provide up to 20 hours of use. Available with blue, white or red trim the Stereoactive can be a great gift for under $300. fusionentertainment.com

For those that want a confortable way to relax and enjoy their time by the water why not look at one of an array of new air loungers or “wind hammocks” on the market. These are not inflatable loungers unlike an air mattress but rather an air filled lounger that is easy to fill and easy to store. Made of a denier rip-stop nylon the Wind Pouch fills with air without the need for a pump and can hold air for up to 6-8 hours. It provides a versatile and extremely comfortable lounger that is as at home on deck or on the beach. Available in a variety of color these loungers are an affordable and comfortable way of enjoying a hammock like experience minus the two requisite trees. Available for under $50 you may just have to get two or there may be a fight for who gets to use it. windpouch.com

 

Are you worried about keeping in touch with your loved ones while out on the water and out of cell range? Worry no more as Garmin has the InReach two-way communicator. This handy little device the size of a small handheld GPS, not only contains a working GPS and can be used to summon help via satellite in an emergency, but it is also a two-way text communicator that works via the Iridium global system of satellites. This communicator can send and receive text messages directly from the device or can pair wirelessly with your mobile and operate through it. You can track the owner’s location via the device and follow their track as they travel. It includes professional SOS monitoring so if they get in trouble search and recue can be dispatched quickly and efficiently. The handy little device even has the ability of receiving weather forecast to better plan during an outing. There is a range of subscriptions available including annual plan and monthly on demand options. There are two models available the InReachSE+ and the InReach Explorer+ that has all the features of the SE+ and also on map GPS guidance with TOPO maps, a built in compass barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Units are available starting just under $400. Details can be found at explore.garmin.com

Another inexpensive stocking stuffer that will be a new everyday favorite is the Lil Sucker, a handy beverage accessory that can attach to the bottom of your Yeti tumbler, Tervis, or even can or bottle. All you do is just slide it on the bottom of your container and it will stick it to any smooth surface. Gone are the spills you encountered with the tipping on your boat, SUP or kayak. Easy to use and easy to put on and take off these ingeniously simple devices will avoid accidental spills and can be an instant cup holder wherever you want. Once you try it you will end up ordering more than one. Available in different designs and two sizes these portable cup holders are the next hot gift and are a great stocking stuffer at under $10. lilsucker.com 

  

For water dog in your life  having a way to easily give them water while on an adventure can sometimes be challenging. The Kurgo Collaps-A-Bowl pet feeder solves the problem. About an inch thick when collapsed this bowl opens up accordion style to a bowl that can hold 24 fluid ounces of water. Made of food grade silicone it is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Price is around $10. Kurgo.com

 

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