10 Holiday Boating Gift Ideas for Practical Boaters





10 Holiday Boating Gift Ideas for Practical Boaters

10 Holiday Boating Gift Ideas for Practical Boaters

10 Holiday Boating Gift Ideas for Practical Boaters

Posted on November 9, 2020

This year, you’ll probably be shopping for a few more boating-related gifts than you have in the past. More people are spending time on the water due to the calming feelings that boating and fishing provide during these uncertain times. In fact, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 70% of boat dealers have seen increased sales during the pandemic.

If you’re wondering about gift ideas or have started to get caught up browsing through a myriad of novelty boating accessories, keep in mind that practical boating gifts will always be your best bet.

Here are ten practical suggestions if you’re looking for holiday 2020 gift ideas for the boaters in your life:

ResQLink View Buoyant Personal Locator Beacon. Professionally engineered and tested to withstand even the elements, this Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is your lifeline in an emergency situation and doesn’t require any monthly subscription and includes a digital display that provides live status and GPS coordinates. Whether your favorite boater is out on the lake, venturing out to sea, or heading out on a trail hike, the ResQLink’s satellite precision and military durability make it a smart and practical gift for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. 

An ideal family gift for only $349.95.


OrPine Wash & Wax. This biodegradable boat wash and wax cleans and protects from the marine elements. Good for fiberglass, painted surfaces, plastic, metal, and wood. Gets rid of mildew odor and leaves any boat smelling super fresh. OrPine is particularly effective on fish boxes, providing easy clean-up and eliminating fishy smells. You can buy in either quart or gallon size and prices are around $25 to $90, depending on size.

The ResQFlare Electronic Distress Flare is a high intensity LED Electronic Distress Flare. Sold with the included daytime distress flag, the ResQFlare and accompanying flag are certified to meet the applicable U.S. Coast Guard requirements allowing them to be carried in lieu of traditional pyrotechnic flares. As a convenient alternative to pyrotechnic flares, the ResQFlare provides 360° visibility for over 6 miles and its efficient design allows for substantial operational life (burn time), drastically increasing your chances of survival and rescue.

Boating Ditch Bag. In the event of an emergency, all boaters should have a ditch bag that’s large enough to hold an EPIRB, first aid kit, non-perishable snacks, a whistle, a mirror, and required vessel documentation. The RapidDitch Express Abandon Ship Survival Gear Bag is heavy duty and highly reflective — a wise choice for storing and quickly locating survival gear.

Water Activated Personal Distress Light. The water-activated C-Light H2O is a feature-rich personal distress light that combines intense LED technology with increased operating life to provide the boater in your life with the ultimate steady-on distress light. The C-Light is USCG/SOLAS approved, and features an impact-resistant case, water activation, making it a reliable, multi-purpose light that’s ready whenever it’s needed most.

Pelican 1050 Dry Box. This is a watertight, crushproof, and dustproof dry box that’s perfect for holding all of a boater’s “grab and go” items, such as a cell phone, vehicle keys, sunscreen and wallet. Included with the dry box is a stainless steel carabiner and a rubber liner that doubles as an o-ring seal. Price is $24.50.

Digital Multi-Meter. A digital marine multi-meter is a great tool for any boater to have because it will allow for quick and effective electronic reading and troubleshooting on a boat. A digital multi-meter will show the power usage and help determine if there are any electrical faults occurring. The average price for a digital multi-meter is about $25.  A great stocking stuffer idea for your boater.

Dock Box. A dock box is a big watertight and weatherproof box that sits on a lake dock or marina walkway (usually right in front of a boat slip). It’s used to stow items boaters don’t need while out on the boat or after docking the boat and heading home. A dock box can be used for life jackets, fishing gear, and electronics. Look for one that has a UV gelcoat to keep it protected from the sun, and rust-resistant stainless steel latches. Prices generally range from $150 and up, depending on size and manufacturer.

Gallon Stainless Steel Reusable Water Jug. Help the captain in your life reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable gallon-size stainless steel water jug. The gallon jug can then be used to refill 12 or 24-ounce stainless steel bottles for individual use instead of bringing aboard a cooler full of plastic water bottles. Prices for a one-gallon stainless steel jug generally range between $40 and $50.

Extra Boat Fenders. Gift your boating friend or family member a set of durable and sturdy boat fenders, made from the highest possible quality of marine grade vinyl, that have roll prevention with molded ribs, strong and even wall thickness, and that come with an air valve system that makes inflation easy. Cost for a set of four will be about $60 to $100.

Each of these gift suggestions can be ordered online from home. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a happy holiday season!

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater charter captain living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.