Winter sadly brings the end of boating season. Its sad, but true. Time to put away your captains hat, the boaters in the Midwest trade in their Topsiders for Sorel’s, and all of us begin the winterization process. However, just when things begin to look bleak – the Holidays roll around. With the Holidays come the joy of both giving and receiving gifts. Of course, you’d gladly trade in any hand-knit sweater or fruitcake for a relaxing day on the lake. But we both know a boat ride in the dead of winter will be neither enjoyable nor possible due to the frozen condition of your favorite lake.
So for the mean time we’ve come up with some gift ideas, perfect for the holiday season and gifts that will be perfect for any boater in your life. Hopefully these gift ideas will only make them more anxious to get out on the water.
- GoPro Hero 3+ Camera Black Edition – Have you ever seen these videos? As you can see, they are all filmed using a GoPro. Used today by the extremely active, such as skydivers, base jumpers and the occasional toddler, this slim and sleek camera is perfect for anyone wanting to capture their adventures onto video, without other cumbersome digital cameras. Perfect for boating, the Hero3+ comes equipped within a waterproof casing, keeping it safe and dry when out on the water. The price – $399 – may be a bit steep for some but for the avid watersports man or outdoorsman, the GoPro is perfect gift this holiday season.
- Joby GorillaPod – A fun take on the traditional tripod, and frankly more versatile, the GorillaPod comes equipped with flexible legs giving photographers alternative angles for either photographs or film footage. The “feet” of the tripod are also magnetic, giving you unlimited options when looking to use it while boating. By all accounts, the magnets are very strong and sturdy s most reviews state it takes a bit of pull to remove it from any magnetic surface. If you use your mobile phone for photographs instead of digital camera, Joby also sells adapters that allow the use of any mobile phone desired. The price tag is also very agreeable – $24.99 – that is sure to be appealing to anyone looking to save money this holiday season.
- JIMMY STYKS 10’0″ SurfSUP Stand-up Paddleboard – Chances are you’ve seen someone, maybe this past summer, float by your vessel while on a stand-up paddleboard. The Jimmy Styks’ original wave-inspired stand-up paddleboard features a large nose and tail for effortless entry and to prevent the board from submerging while paddling across the water. Smaller than a typical cruiser, this Surf’Sup model requires a higher level of riding skill due to its less stable nature, so be sure your recipient has beenstand-up paddle boarding once or twice. This wave surfer features a triple-glassed epoxy deck, double-glassed epoxy bottom for added durability, gloss coat and polished protective skin for long-lasting beauty, sure to catch the attention of anyone else on the water. Heck, you could even attach your GoPro camera to your paddleboard to capture every memory of the water this summer.
Obviously there are countless other products out there, perfect for any boater this holiday season. However impractical these suggestions may be for any one boater, they are fun – and isn’t that what being on the water is all about?
What do you think? Do you already have any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?
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