Forget the fruitcake. Sack the socks. If you want to make the favorite boater in your life happy this holiday season, then wrap up one of these great boating gifts to put under the Christmas tree.

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What's on your wish list this year? Any boater would be happy to find these 10 gifts under their tree.

Interlux Micron Extra

It’s been about three years since this antifouling paint was available to recreational boaters, following a raw-materials shortage. Interlux Micron Extra controls slime and algae, the nemesis of every boat hull.

For more information, visit Interlux.

Imtra Two-Wire LED Lights

Switching over a boat’s old lights to new LEDs saves on energy use and running costs. This two-wire model from Imtra is designed for easy installation (as the name suggests, hookup takes just two wires) and it comes in 10 models to satisfy various tastes.

For more information, visit Imtra.

GOST Mini-Ball 1080p

This high-definition security camera is just 2.4 inches wide, making it a discreet option for installation on even the smallest of boats. GOST says the camera captures images with 2-megapixel resolution, and it comes in white housing that should blend in with most boats’ exterior or interior.

For more information, visit GOST Global.

Furuno DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar

This sonar just won a technology award from the National Marine Electronics Association. Furuno says the DFF3D’s “game-changing” feature is its ability to deliver a side-scan detection range of more than 650 feet, while being able to see down more than 1,000 feet. Fish targets are shown in 3-D, so users can pinpoint fishing hot spots.

For more information, visit Furuno USA.

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Sorel Boots for women range anywhere from $115.00 to $145.00 at West Marine.

Sorel Boots for Women

West Marine just added this line of women’s boots to its offerings. They come in five styles with varying degrees of water resistance, including Leather Duck Boots that are seam-sealed to prevent over-the-rail seawater from sneaking in through the weak points found on some other boots.

Bose Soundlink Micro

The Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker from Bose is waterproof and tiny enough to bring big sound to the smallest of boats. It also can attach to bicycle handlebars, for boaters who keep bikes in the lazarette and want to take their tunes ashore during a chandlery run.

For more information, visit Bose.


The PowerRay is an underwater drone that sends images back to 3-D goggles, so boaters can stay dry while seeing everything from anchors to reefs to schools of fish. The PowerRay shoots video and still photos, and has a live-streaming mode. A bait-drop feature lures fish to the lens (and hook) for their close-up.

For more information, visit Power Vision.

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The Yeti Hopper Two 40 is listed for $399.99 online.

Yeti Hopper Two 40

This waterproof, soft-sided cooler from Yeti comes with a strap for easy loading and offloading at the boat. It’s big enough to hold 34 cans of beer, enough for a full day of cruising or fishing with a few buddies.

For more information, visit Yeti.

Penn Air Solar Sun-Cleat

If your favorite boater regularly comes back to the dock after sunset, then the Penn Air Solar Sun-Cleat can help guide the way. It automatically lights up when night falls, then recharges itself in the sunshine the next day. Multiple colors are available.

For more information, visit Penn Air Solar.

Body Glove 3T Warrior Water Shoe

Body Glove builds this shoe with a three-toe design, so the wearer’s three littlest piggies are all in one slot, making it easier to get the shoes on and off. The shoes are marketed for paddleboarding, walking along the shore and fishing, thanks to their ultra-grip outsole.\

For more information, visit Body Glove.

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Written by: Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine