Tis the season to be shopping for all kinds of great boating and fishing gear—and, if you’re lucky, for a whole new boat. Here’s a look at seven holiday gifts that just about any boater would be thrilled to find under the Christmas tree.
The latest offering from GoPro is the Hero7, which comes in black, silver or white. Like all GoPro cameras, this one is designed to withstand the marine environment: It’s waterproof to 33 feet deep. GoPro says the video feature on the Hero7 takes things up a notch, with stabilization that acts like it’s gimbaled, only without needing a gimbal. The Hero7 shoots 4K as well as time-lapse video, can stream live to social media sites such as Facebook, and responds to 16 voice commands including “take a photo” (Take that, Alexa!)
Price: Starts at $199 for the Hero7 in white.
For more information, visit GoPro.
Shimano Curado DC
Shimano has long been one of the top names in fishing gear, with tough reels that recreational and professional anglers alike use to land monster catch. Shimano’s latest is the Curado DC. DC stands for digital control braking. It’s a system that uses a microcomputer to monitor spool speed a thousand times a second, preventing backlash and maximizing distance. Four adjustments on the side plate let fishermen adjust the brakes to their preferred settings. Other features include Shimano’s micromodule gear system and X-Ship, which are designed to make reeling and cranking smooth.
For more information, visit Shimano.
Yeti Tundra Haul
Yeti is a top name in coolers that are built for bringing on the boat, lugging to the beach and doing pretty much anything else that you can think to do on the water. The Tundra Haul is Yeti’s first cooler on wheels. The design—available in white, desert tan, ice blue and charcoal—builds on Yeti’s existing Tundra model, adding what Yeti calls “puncture-resistant” wheels and a handle made of welded aluminum.
Additional features are well known to Yeti fans, including walls with 2-inch-thick insulation and heavy-duty rubber latches. Yeti’s Tundra Haul is sized to hold 45 cans of soda or beer, or 55 pounds of ice. Its empty weight is 37 pounds.
For more information, visit Yeti.
The Spot X is a two-way satellite-messaging device that combines SOS emergency technology with text messaging capability. It works with or without a cellular signal, which means that even out in the backwaters, boaters or kayakers will have a way to send a message or call for help.
Spot X has an illuminated keyboard, a backlit display and a lithium battery that averages about 10 days before needing a recharge. It’s waterproof rated to IP67 standards, which means it can survive in a few feet of water for a half hour. GPS tracking plots waypoints using Google Maps at intervals ranging from two and a half to 60 minutes, so a boater’s trail can be known. There’s also a one-button push that lets contacts know the boater is OK.
For more information, visit Find Me Spot.
Sperry Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine
The newest line of boat shoes from Sperry is called Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine. Each shoe is slightly different, because it’s hand-sewn. Materials include Horween and Tasman leathers, both made in the United States, as well as a stitch done in red, white and blue to promote the “Made in USA” construction. Vibram is used in the outsoles for traction, and deerskin linings are incorporated for durability. Available colors are natural, brown and navy, with men’s sizes from 7 to 13.
For more information, visit Sperry.
Anglr Bullseye Fishing Tracker
The tech company Anglr makes Bullseye, a system for tracking fishing trips. Boaters clip on a Bluetooth-enabled button that, when pressed, records fishing data—with no need to go through navigation displays or other devices, and no need for cellular data.
Bullseye, once it’s connected to a free Anglr app, captures key fishing data such as locations, wind and water conditions, and more. Two clicks mark a current waypoint. The recorded trips, statistics and coordinates are the available later through the app, so anglers can find their way back to favorite fishing haunts during optimal conditions. The data remain private by default, or can be shared with the online community. The Anglr app is downloadable in the Apple App store or via Google Play.
For more information, visit Anglr.
Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport
Wrap it in a big, red bow and have it trailered in the driveway on Christmas morning: the new-for-2019 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport.
Built with a keel-up redesign, this newest Super Sport comes with a variety of seating configurations and other options. A 40-horsepower Mercury FourStroke engine is standard, and draft is 9 inches, making this boat ideal for exploring or fishing in the shallows. There are dual aft swim platforms, as well as a stainless-steel swim ladder, for getting in and out of the water. A lockable stowage compartment keeps valuables safe while everyone is off the boat playing.
Price: Available through the “Build Your Whaler” feature on the builder’s website, where options can be chosen and priced into a customized package.
For more information, visit Boston Whaler and see our Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport listings on boats.com.
Searching for more gift ideas? These might be helpful:
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- 10 Cool Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Boaters
- Boat Shoes and Accessories for the Captain in Your Family
- Best Towable Tubes
- Best Sailing Watches
- 10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Sailors
Editor's Note: Prices listed are current as of date of publish.