Christmas Gift Guide 2019
Are you struggling for gift ideas for that special someone in your life? Don’t worry, inspiration is at hand! Whether they're a keen fisherman or spend their days sailing, we’ve picked out some top items we recommend for Christmas 2019.
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A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols tells the true story of the Golden Globe sailing race in 1968 - the very first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world. This book has been described by Sebastian Junger as ‘one of the most gripping sea stories I have ever read’, while Tatler give high praise: “an enthralling tale of human endeavour and courage in the face of adversity.”
Everyone loves a pair of socks for Christmas, why not brighten up your sailors stocking with a nautical pair? These high quality garments are constructed of Italian and Portuguese yarn and come in a range of patterns, including sailing boats and fish. The socks are ethically made in a factory in France where one family has been creating socks for 3 generations.
Fed up of everything getting wet when you’re out on the water? This bundle is the perfect choice to protect your belongings. The dry bag uses a solid roll-top closure system to ensure a 100% watertight seal. The bag is constructed with ripstop 500D PVC making it extremely durable and lightweight. Within this bundle, you’ll also receive a IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case with a neck strap, allowing you to have your phone out on the deck without worry of it going overboard.
What could be more thoughtful than a personalised gift? Letterfest lets you commission a contemporary illustration of your boat, which is then hand drawn by artists based in North Devon. Simply provide a photo of your vessel, whether it be a yacht, narrowboat, speedboat or any other craft, and they’ll start creating your masterpiece!
Boat Trader magazine is the largest magazine devoted to buying and selling boats and other marine items. Alongside hundreds of the latest boat ads, Boat Trader brings you monthly features, news and advice as well as upcoming events and product reviews to keep you up to date. This is a great gift - it’ll last much longer than Christmas!
Battle of the Boats Powerboat Experience
Buying for a competitive thrill seeker? This Battle of the Boat experience sees you board a high speed RIB for a 90 minute thrill ride of rapid turns, figures of 8, doughnuts, close encounters and full speeds of 55 knots. But which boat will be the winner of the day? It can only be determined in the speed-delimited zone of the Solent. So strap in, hold on tight and get ready to experience some speed!
Ensure your shirt is looking shipshape with these sterling silver cufflinks created using solid hallmarked silver. These sailing style accessories are handmade in the UK and can be engraved with initials, dates or co-ordinates to top the gift off with some personalisation.
Bring the party to the boat with this highly rated waterproof speaker from Ultimate Ears. The Wonderboom 2 is an upgrade from the original model providing louder and bassier sound in 360°. Featuring an Outdoor Boost mode, these speakers are waterproof, dust proof and drop proof with an even longer lasting battery than the classic Wonderboom. Despite its small size, this piece of tech can produce up to 87 decibels of sound making it perfect for life on deck. You don’t have to worry about if going overboard, as the WB2 can be dropped in water for up to 30 minutes and it floats!
Take the wheel of 2 of the fastest racing boats the UK has to offer during this day of fun on the Solent! You get to take charge of the South African Thunderbolt and Honda 150 as you nip across the open waters near Southampton. The Thunderbolt offers agile and responsive handling, allowing you to dart around and switch direction in an instant, as well as accelerating to high speed and jumping waves. Next, you get control of the Honda 150, a Honda Formula 4-Stroke championship boat, the perfect vessel to get racing. Enjoy 2 hours on the water experiencing the thrills of these 2 excellent boats.
The iBobber Smart Fish Finder is the smallest and lightest sonar depth finder on the market. The device syncs with an app on your smartphone as well as being castable, portable and wireless. The iBobber gives accurate readings of bottom contours, depths, structures and fish. The app then allows you to map waterbeds, mark spots, log water temps and depth, as well as adding lures, species and photos to your trip log.
The MPX Gore-Tex Pro Coastal Jacket is an excellent piece of clothing for anyone heading coastal on their boat. With exceptional comfort and a protective design, you are guaranteed a cosy trip. With 3 layer GORE-TEX PRO fabric, the coat is resiliently waterproof and perfect for even the most extreme weather conditions. While it is an expensive piece, this coat is an investment and will last years offering high levels of protection, with Musto offering a guarantee of replacement if it ever leaks. It truly is a gift for life.
Sometimes it’s better to give an experience than a gift, and what could be better than a weekend at sea aboard a yacht? Actively take part in helping to sail the 36ft yacht while spending two nights onboard. You’ll have the opportunity to steer the yacht, handle the sails and deal with the ropework so expect to get hands on! Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served throughout the day, with dinner eaten ashore. This is a great gift for an active sailor who’d love to spend a weekend on the water - the bonus is, you’d get to go too as this voucher is valid for 2 people!