Brass Yacht Lamp
Does someone on your gift list spend the whole winter missing the warm days on the water? Let them bring a little bit of nautical atmosphere home with this new lamp from Weems & Plath. The glass enclosure means the flame cannot be blown out even by hurricane-force winds, while a mesh screen and venting holes keep it safe from gas buildup. This lamp can stand independently or be wall mounted or mounted on a boat bulkhead.
$208.Weems & Plath, weems-plath.com
Any eco-minded sailor will appreciate these stylish sunglasses from Costa’s “Untangled Collection” made entirely from materials collected by Chile’s Net Positiva fishnet recycling program. The collection includes four styles (two unisex and two women’s) all four of which incorporate Costa’s patented 580 Lightwave Glass lenses, which provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization at the same time it filters out harsh yellow and blue light to cut haze. The lenses also come in several color options. Still, the best part remains knowing your new favorite specs are also good for the planet.
$199. Costa, costadelmar.com
Keep your crew warm on and off the water with this versatile new vest from North Sails. The 3L Vest from North’s “Crew Collection” is made with a three-layer nylon/elastane stretch fabric that provides protection from spray without limiting mobility. Drawstring neck and hem closures also help keep the wearer warm and dry. The vest is available in both men’s and women’s sizes in black and marine blue.
$227. North Sails, webstore.northsails.com
These new fully-waterproof 7x50 Offshore Marine Binoculars from Steiner are a great addition to any serious sailor’s kit with their durability and premium-quality lenses. Steiner’s Sports-Auto-Focus feature allows you to quickly find a target from any distance from 20 yards onwards, and the binoculars themselves are heavy-duty, with a proprietary floating porro-prism system for shock resistance and rubber armoring. Skeptical? Well, they’re also covered by an unconditional lifetime warranty, just in case. Available exclusively at West Marine.
Highland Park Whisky
What sailor’s wish list would be complete without some fine spirits? With that in mind, Highland Park’s 12-Year Old Viking Honor Whisky is sure to please with its distinctive fruity and smoky notes. The whisky’s unique flavor comes from burning locally sourced peat to dry out the malted barley. The company, based in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, takes great pride in its seafaring Viking heritage, and the crew of the Draken, the world’s largest Viking ship in existence, always toasts with a bottle when it pulls into port.
$55. Highland Park, highlandparkwhisky.com
Navy Strength Gin
Plymouth Gin’s Navy Strength gin has been the gin of choice for the British Royal Navy for almost 200 years, making it a great gift for history buffs and liquor snobs alike. It’s flavored with juniper, coriander and cardamom, and has a full-bodied, smooth and slightly sweet palate, which Plymouth Gin recommends trying in a Pink Gin or a Gimlet.
$50. Plymouth Gin, plymouthgin.com
Ronstan is one of the top names in racing watches, and the new 50mm ClearStart Watch is an innovative addition to the line. With a large digit display, a synchronization button to catch up if you miss a horn, backlighting and multiple pre-programed start sequences to choose from, it’s easy to see why these watches are so popular. The watch has been designed with new materials to be more durable than ever and includes features like a scratch-resistant mineral crystal face, a stainless steel tension ring around the face and Nylon reinforcements on the stress points of the band. Available in red, blue and black.
$95. Ronstan, ronstan.com
These hand-drawn notecards make a great gift for any boat owner. Just send in a photo of your boat, and artist Scott Baldwin will draw a classic portrait of it to be printed on stationery, perfect for sending out season greetings to your crew. Each pack of 50 fold-over note cards also comes with the original drawing, suitable for framing.
$200. Baldwin Studios, baldwinstudio.us
Lifa Athletic Shirt
The Lifa Active Light top from Helly Hansen is a great addition to any foulweather-gear arsenal. It’s designed to serve as a warm base layer under a jacket or vest, but can also be worn as a standalone shirt with its sun protective, breathable and quick-drying fabric. It comes in men’s and women’s sizes and several bright color options.
$55. Helly Hansen, hellyhansen.com
ORU Kayak has the perfect solution for cruisers with limited storage and dreams of exploring shallower waters while on the hook. The 12ft Beach LT kayak folds down into a small briefcase that’s easy to stow and weighs just 26lb, making it the company’s lightest model yet. New buckle straps also make assembly easier than ever (it now takes just three minutes) and the vessel’s large cockpit provides plenty of space for transporting gear, kids or pets. A first-ever tandem kayak is also in the works.
$1,299. ORU Kayak, orukayak.com
These new socks from Gill are a perfect gift for the frostbiter in your life. They’re thin, breathable and as comfortable as any athletic sock. However—and most importantly—they’re also 100 percent waterproof and windproof. A thermal layer adds some much-needed warmth, while wicking materials draw moisture away from the skin and a durable Nylon outer shell offers complete protection.
$40. Gill, gillmarine.com
These decadent treats from Harbor Sweets are the perfect gift for a sailor with a yen for chocolate. Assorted boxes ensure something for everyone and include confections like espresso, chai and peppermint truffles; dark chocolate sand dollars; and the company’s signature buttercrunch toffee sloops, just to name a few. Harbor Sweets—which is based in Salem, Massachusetts, and makes its chocolates only with fresh, local ingredients—still uses the original techniques it was founded on four decades ago (think wooden paddles and copper kettles).
$8-150. Harbor Sweets, harborsweets.com
Line and Shackle Dog Collars
Whether your dog loves to spend the day on the boat or just wants to look the part, The Rigger’s Wife has some delightfully nautical collars and leashes. Sandy McLaughlin, the eponymous rigger’s wife, designs hand-spliced and whipped collars and leashes using the same line her husband uses in his work. Each custom-made collar is secured with a stainless-steel bow shackle and finished with a stainless-steel O-ring for the tags. Although the Rigger’s Wife pays homage to the techniques and traditions that have been passed down to McLaughlin from her husband and his mentors, McLaughlin adds a whimsy and flair to the craft that is all her own, making these the perfect accessory for any sailor’s pet.
$35-110. The Rigger’s Wife, riggerswife.com
At the Creation
Back in 1965, Dick Carter, who’d grown up sailing off Cape Cod, entered the first boat he’d ever designed, the 34ft Rabbit, in the Fastnet Race and against all odds won the thing, thereby kicking off one of the most celebrated design careers ever. Now we have his autobiographical Dick Carter: Yacht Designer, an eminently readable account of what it was like at the sharp end of the spear in terms of innovation at the start of yachting’s modern era. Because he was a sailor who competed aboard those same boats he designed, we also get a firsthand glimpse at what grand prix sailing was like back when fiberglass was still cutting-edge and GPS not yet even a glimmer in the design world’s eye. A crucial addition to any nautical library.
$29.95. Dick Carter Yacht Designer, dickcarteryachtdesigner.com
Nothing ruins a day quicker than watching a beloved piece of technology tumble overboard. However, you’ll never have to worry about drowning your speakers with H2O Audio’s FLOAT—a durable, waterproof, wireless speaker expressly designed to withstand the rigors of the sea. A pivoting extra-strong suction cup mount provides dependable mounting on a boat deck and an integrated microphone allows you to take calls with a smartphone safely stowed in a dry bag or belowdecks. To top it off, these floating speakers sound great with high-definition sound and rich bass.
$100. H2O Audio, h2oaudio.com