Gift Ideas for a Boater Dad

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Gift Ideas for a Boater Dad
If your boating dad enjoys fishing, why not give him a beautiful new fishing lure. (fishing lure image by jimcox40 from

There are many occasions where you may need to select a gift for your father, from Christmas and Father's Day to his birthday, wedding anniversary or retirement party. Many gifts for fathers tend to be rather generic, with items like ties and key chains being the norm. If your father is a boating enthusiast, why not give him a gift that is tailored to his specific interests. Your father will appreciate that you have taken the time to select a gift that he will really use. Boating involves the use of a plethora of tools, gear and equipment, and one of these items may make a fine gift. If your father is a fisherman, there are a number of fishing-related tools and accessories that he may enjoy. Additionally, there are lots of nautically-themed books, movies and television shows which your father may like. With a little thought, you will be able to easily choose a gift for your father that reflects his interest in boating.

Waterproof Watches

If your father spends much time on the water, his watch will be exposed to the wear and tear of the elements, which may shorten its lifetime. Why not give your dad a top of the line waterproof watch. Many waterproof watches come with useful, interesting features, such as tide information and dual timekeeping.

Flotation Devices

Flotation devices are mandatory for boating safety, but your father's flotation devices may be worn out, bulky or uncomfortable. A new, sleek life jacket can make it more convenient for your father to spend all day on the water. This gift has the added advantage of enhancing his safety.

Wool Sweaters & Gloves

Summer boating seldom necessitates wearing heavy clothing, but if your father enjoys boating in all seasons and weather, wool can be his best friend. Wool is water-resistant, which means that a wool garment will help its wearer to stay warm even when drenched. A wool sweater or a pair of fisherman's gloves will ensure that your father can keep sailing without getting chilled, even during a winter rainstorm.

Fishing & Boating Equipment

If your father likes to take his boat out fishing, it's a sure bet that he will appreciate the gift of fishing-related items, such as lures, rods and reels. In order to keep his boat in tip-top shape, give him a boat care kit. This will ensure that his craft is kept in peak condition.

Deck Shoes

Boat or deck shoes are comfortable as well as functional. A new pair of deck shoes will help your father to navigate slippery decks, and they may also be stylish yet comfy wear for puttering around the house on a day off.

Antique Marine Maps

Over time, many maps have been drawn of the ocean--some accurate, others amusingly outdated. Antique maps are notable for their visual beauty, as well as their encapsulation of the limited geographic knowledge of their eras. A framed print of antique map could be a beautiful and decorative gift for your father's home.

Marine VHF-FM Radio

"Boating World" magazine recommends that marine sailors buy marine VHF-FM radios for their boats, as these will allow boaters to call the Coast Guard in the event that their safety is compromised. This gift may not be fancy, but it will ensure that your father and his passengers can make ocean excursions more safely.

Nautically-Themed Apparel & Accessories

While ties, key chains and other apparel items may be somewhat stereotypical gifts for fathers, you dad may enjoy a nautically-themed accessory. Many apparel items sport nautical motifs, such as anchors and fish.

Navigation Devices

Navigation devices are integral to boating safety. An expensive but very useful gift for your father would be a GPS navigation system for his boat. He may also enjoy the gift of antique navigation devices for display in his office or study, such as sextants, antique compasses or star globes.

DVDs & Books

When he's not on the water, your father may enjoy kicking back with some nautically-themed entertainment. He may enjoy the gift of some Jacques Cousteau documentary DVDs, or some fictional films or television about boating, such as "Master and Commander," "Lost," "Jaws," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "A Blade in the Water" or "The Mutiny on the Bounty." He may also appreciate some non-fictional books about boating, or marine-themed fiction such as the "Master and Commander" series, "Moby Dick" or "Robinson Crusoe."

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