Boaters are outdoor-loving, water enthusiasts, so for this holiday season, if you’re still searching for that perfect gift that will excite and delight, we’ve put together a list of ideas for you! Here are our top finds:
Portable Equipment & Accessories:
Spending a day on the lake requires planning so here are some wonderfully portable options for your boater that they are sure to enjoy this next boating season:
Solar Powered Chargers:
Battery Maintainers are good thought for those that want that extra juice between lake trips, keeping their batteries charged all the time. Coleman’s Solar Battery Maintainer uses suction cups to mount to a surface and can charge even when cloudy. This battery charger, for instance, helps maintain jet skis’ batteries from discharging – https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/coleman-35w-solar-battery-maintainer. They also offer a larger volt version for boats: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/coleman-10w-solar-battery-trickle-charger-and-maintainer.
- Forget about storing your drinks on the boat! Why use up the walking/lounging space when you can keep your drinks close to your swimming friends in a cool bobbing cooler? Bass Pro Shops has it’s own that looks like a giant bopper! https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-the-big-bobber-floating-cooler
- CreekKooler has a line of floating coolers that you can tether to a boat or kayak, making it very versatile. On the surface, there are also a few beverage holders for easy reach and the foam insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 48 hours. Here is the 30 quart version available at REI that can hold up to 30 cans!
Boat Maintenance Accessories:
These gifts are always needed and are a perfect go-to for new boaters.
Boat Scuff Erasers:
They’re like Magic Erasers for your boat! They’re easy to throw in storage and have handy when boaters spot scuff marks. They remove dirt, scum, and other marks easily from the deck, console, and seats. You can pick these up from several manufacturers. Here are Better Boat Boat Erasers, available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Boat-Erasers-Accessories-Cleaning/dp/B0897YF4GH
Dock Line Ropes:
We love Predator’s high-performance line of nylon rope. Pick up a set of four with a storage bag on Amazon for $59.90. https://www.amazon.com/Predator-NZ-Zealand-Performance-Braided/dp/B07D7SXXYX/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=Boater+Gifts&qid=1638813870&sr=8-11
Boat hooks help retrieve ropes and are a great addition to a new boater’s accessories. West Marine has multiple types in stock ranging from $38-$200+. https://www.westmarine.com/boat-hooks. You can also pick up a good deal on a few models on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/sporting-goods/3398551
Avid fishermen love gear upgrades. Here are our favorite fishing related gifts:
Mounted filet boards are always a big hit and make processing a breeze. West Marine has a variety of boards at all price points. https://www.westmarine.com/fillet-bait-tables. Our favorite is the Magma 31” Bail/Filet Mate Table with LeveLock Mount. This board has a measurement panel on the back wall of the table for easily determining if your catch fits within requirements before filleting. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/magma–31-bait-filet-mate-table-with-levelock-mount–15132293?recordNum=3
Bass Pro Shops Gunwale Mount Rod Rack securely keeps your rods handy and mounts to the boat’s gunwale or any vertical surface. If your friend or family member already has a rod holder on their boat, this can also fit on the wall of their garage. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-gunwale-mount-rod-rack
Here are a few terrific quality stainless steel rod holders that mount flush:
- Single rod holder – https://www.westmarine.com/buy/c-e-smith–30-flush-mount-stainless-steel-rod-holder–7920010?recordNum=2
- At Bass Pro Shops, they offer a 3-in-1 flush mount rod holder. Inserted into one rod holder space and providers fishermen with 3 spots for their rods. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/tigress-offset-triple-rod-holder-with-cup-holders
For a boater who loves to entertain on the lake, here are some terrific options!
Easily mounted to most rod holders, the Docktail Butler is an instant table with holders for drinks and flatware, making entertaining easier! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016V14FES?tag=best-boat-report-20
- Another option is the larger Docktail Boat Table, which has enough room to cut up food, layout several party platters, or eat at, like a bistro table. It also has a back shelf that holds small containers like salt & pepper shakers, flatware, and two cup holders. https://docktailbar.com/products/docktail-utility-table
- Bote Inflatable Dock Hangout. This is for the ultimate boating family. A large 10-foot wide inflatable deck can hold up to 1200 pounds and has spots for drinks, a cooler, and backrests. https://www.boteboard.com/products/inflatable-dock-hangout-classic
Nightime Pontoon Accent Lights:
Try some fun mood lighting on your friend’s boat with the Bass Pro Shop LED Pontoon Deck Accent Kit. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-led-pontoon-deck-accent-kit
We hope these gift ideas are a great fit for your boating enthusiast! Happy Holidays from Master Docks!