Fathers Day gift ideas for dads who love sailing and fishing
With Father’s Day fast approaching (Sunday June 21st) we’ve scoured the market and picked some fantastic products that we think would delight any sailing, fishing, or general outdoor-loving dad! If he’s into the latest gadgets and wearing the right kit for his favourite hobbies, look no further than this neat selection:
Garmin’s innovative fishing products will make an ideal gift for all types of fishermen this Father’s Day. The echoMAP series (RRP from £299.99) has both scanning and sonar capabilities, as well as built-in cartography - all within this handy user-friendly unit.
The echoMAP series has precision scanning sonar technology built directly into the chartplotter, which provides extremely clear scanning sonar without the need for an additional black box.The DownVü technology here provides a nearly photographic view of objects and structure below the boat, offering excellent resolution and target separation whether you’re fishing in freshwater or saltwater.
To help the user digest information easily, there’s a vibrant colour display - available in 4-inch, 5-inch, 7-inch and 9-inch. We think the echoMAP series would be the perfect present for every kind of fisherman.
This is Garmin’s signature marine GPS watch. Never before have sailors, power-boaters and fishermen been able to have all the information and capabilities that quatix provides, handily strapped to their wrists.
It’s a cool looking, highly functional watch (RRP £249.99) which includes built-in remote capabilities, allowing the wearer to remotely control a Garmin autopilot from their wrist.
A fantastic feature is the quatic’s MOB activation function, which sends an automatic MOB alert to the chartplotter, should a crewmember wearing the watch fall overboard.
Put a smile on dad’s face with this clever, yet easy-to-use piece of marine technology. The GPSMAP 78s is a floating GPS which features a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, super-crisp colour mapping, high-sensitivity receiver, moulded rubber side grips, plus a microSD card slot for loading additional maps. What makes this extra special is the fact that (like the rest of the GPSMAP series) the 78s is also IPX7 waterproof and can float
The product costs £279.99 and is compatible with Garmin’s excusive marine cartography – BlueChart g2.
Here’s a global bestseller that will ensure a very happy sailor on Father’s Day! When the weather calls for added protection, this water-resistant, breathable jacket is designed to keep you warm and dry.
Fleece lined collar and pockets and adjustable fit add extra protection from the cold. We love the hip-length style and fleece lining. (SRP £100)
This is Helly Hansen’s best-selling Tactel® polo shirt, so is guaranteed to be a winning gift, and great value at £50. It’s a quick dry, short sleeve technical polo with sailing team inspired marine graphics that ensure the wearer looks and feels great out on the water. We love the fit, stylishly athletic cut and rich detailing.
Quick-drying sailing shorts are incredibly useful for sailors, and this design has been a big hit for Helly Hansen, (SRP £75). They are lightweight yet able to protect against spray, wind and sun – so they’re ideal for all kinds of boating activities. These shorts feature clever cargo pockets and ‘critical point’ reinforcements so they should last for ages no matter how active the wearer is.
Here are some incredibly useful, well-designed sailing gloves from Helly Hansen, at the great price of £22. They are durable unisex leather gloves for sailing in conditions where extra protection is needed. Great features include adjustable wrist, Velcro closure, and the excellent Amaro leather.
This super-useful washbag is a miniature version of the classic Helly Hansen Duffel bag, offering great versatility for travel or wash accessories. We think it’s a great-value item (SRP£18) which would make an ideal Father’s Day gift for the man who loves setting off for the weekend under sail. He’ll love the fact that it’s made of water resistant fabric and has a handy external hanging loop.
Traditionally men aren’t that keen on shopping for shoes so help your dad out by producing a smart new pair of sailing shoes on Father’s Day. The Aqua-Go Mist G2 Performance sailing shoe would surely hit the spot. Chatham UK say the Mist G2 is the pinnacle of years of design, research and technology. These shoes should be incredibly comfortable, as the upper is made with durable 3-ply mesh, with a woven lining next to the skin for comfort. The design also includes an open cell mid layer to increase air flow and maintain temperature.
Here’s another great footwear option for the keen sailor/boater (RRP £99). Aqua-Go Coasteer G2 performance sailing shoes boast an ultralight, anatomical design for the very best water drainage. They weigh just 500g a pair and as well as being designed for unique water drainage they also have a fast drying upper making them ideal for all water-based sports.
A classic boat shoe, guaranteeing comfort and style - another winning gift idea here! These lightweight men's boat shoes, made in super soft standout leathers, are perfect for on-deck wear or for everyday use back on shore. There’s a Latex rubber sole unit for enhanced grip, and the shoes are ‘moccasin constructed’ for optimal fit. They cost £89 RRP and come with a 2 year guarantee!
Article: Alison Clements
Photos: Garmin, Helly Hansen, Chatham UK