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Handy gifts for a new boat owner


New boat owners need lots of handy gifts and gadgets (and Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching!)

John, my very significant other, just bought another boat so I've been made aware (by him....) of handy gifts for a new boat owner and, since there always seems to be a holiday or birthday approaching, I've been shopping!

Yes, that's right, my boat owner boyfriend has dropped hints about fish finders, tackle boxes, compact dish sets, etc. Perhaps they're not the most romantic gifts ever, but any of the items on this article will make him happy and that makes me happy....

And, it doesn't really matter what the size of the boat is or the season, there's always a bunch of gadgets or gifts that are needed by new boat owners. So, even though Christmas is right around the corner and boating season may be waning for those of us here on the Chesapeake Bay, there are still some great gifts to get that boat owner. Whether it's Christmas, Chanukah, birthday, Mother's Day, or Father's Day, I've found some great gifts!

I've discovered that finding and buying just the right gifts for a new boat owner are much cheaper on the internet that at the local boating store. I'm sure you'll find that too, just by seeing some of the great items and prices of things I've found.

Note: All pictures on this article, except for the google images, were taken by me.

Click the link there in the left to see this great travel bar

Click the link there in the left to see this great travel bar

Make it easy for your sailor friend to have his or her favorite cocktail on board

A portable bar is the perfect gift for a new boat owner as boats are really just floating parties (please boat responsibly....).

John and I never leave port without our Picnic Time Manhattan Insulated Two-Bottle Cocktail Case/Bar Tool Kit. This bar holds two bottles of liquor so there's Scotch for him and Vodka for me. I usually tote along cheese and crackers too so, once we're anchored out, party if ON!

A portable travel bar is not only great for boating, but also for using while camping, tailgating, or picnicing - you get the idea.

Captain's hats

I love a fella in uniform, even if it's my fella wearing this nifty Captain's hat.

With an adjustable band in the back (adjusts between 56-60 cm), this Captain's hat will fit even the most swelled boater's head!

This yachters hat is made of 100% cotton so is not going to be real hot in the sun. The gold trim this hat look particularly official. This is a fun gift for a new boat owner!

Dry Pak Cases Protect Your Non-Waterproof Belongings

The first thing I do before boarding the boat is to put my cell phone in this dry pak case. I've lost enough cell phones now to have learned my lesson.

These cases are also excellent protection against any element Mother Earth can throw at you, including sand and surf. I use a Dry Pak eReader protector for my Kindle while I'm sitting on the boat or on a beach.

I like the Dry Pak brand as the little levers at the top lock very securely. I've had my cell phone waterproof sack for 8 years now and it still works perfectly on the boat and the jetski.

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Every boat owner needs a few basic books on boat repair

If it can happen, it will....

We had a boat, The Bartender, that appeared to be possessed; every single time we took it out on the Bay, something happened. If it wasn't the left outrigger going bad, it was the right. So, our 'new' boat (circa 1990) was in dry dock a whole lot. It also was very expensive to repair that boat - if only we'd had the ability to do some of it ourselves.

The boat maintenance book to the right there sells very well on my own website. Customer reviews prove that it is a clear standout in the class of boat maintenance.

Log Books For Boaters
Check out another of my articles to see more detailed information about log books for boaters (there's some pretty inexpensive options on that article too).

Sailboat owners will particularly find these handheld wind meters handy

These handheld wind meters are very accurate and can make the difference between a pleasant sailing day or a day when one is caught in small craft warning seas.

Just point the wind meter into the wind, press a button and the readout will give your favorite boat owner a reading of wind speeds from 0.5mph to 99mph. These wind meters also float which is helpful when one blows overboard...yes, it does happen...sigh.

Keep your boater safe with weather information

John and I never take the boat out without making sure that our marine radio works.

It is imperative that every boater be alerted to inclement weather conditions and small craft advisories. The Cobra Marine Waterproof VHF Radio will receive 10 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) channels along with all US, Canadian and international channels.

Just clip this to a belt or hand from the enclosed lanyard so it's always close at hand. It comes with a 12V charger (goes into a cigarette lighter) or can also be run off batteries.

Don't leave port without it!

Boat storage items

I don't care if the boat you're supplying is a 15 foot with a Cutty cabin or a mini-yacht, for some reason, there's never enough storage space on a boat. It's not, after all, like you can go to the basement to get an extra roll of paper towels.

This below the seat organizer takes advantage of wasted space on a boat. It will fit on any affixed chair and can be used to hold just about anything your boat captain needs.


Hand crank radios give a sailor a way out of (what could be) a tough spot

These hand crank radios are a good investment for every boat - if, for nothing else, assurance that there is always a radio station handy and a cell phone can be charged. Most hand crank radios come with a flashlight, cell phone charging port. Some can be charged using its own solar panel or plugged into DC or AC power. The hand crank radio in the first link below can even be charged off a computer USB port. And, they're not expensive at all; they go anywhere from around $20 to $50 - that's a good investment for any boat owner.

To see this hand cranked radio, you can click the link below:

Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & CablesCheck Price

There are bad days boating - this person obviously didn't know anything about boating safety

There are bad days boating - this person obviously didn't know anything about boating safety

There are bad days boating - this person obviously didn't know anything about boating safety

A boat boarding handle - One of the essential gifts for boat owners

During our first trip on The Bar Tender, we had to move it from the marina in Baltimore where John bought it, down to Harrington Harbor where his slip was. It was January and cold out, but that was ok as the cockpit is all enclosed by canvas so we were comfortable. And, I had on 3 ayers of clothes and even came equipped by wearing my brand new Uggs boots that John gave me for Christmas. All was fine. Until...

We stopped to get gas and, as John was coming into the dock, when he put the engine into reverse, it died. Dead in the water as the saying goes (ha ha). So, I did what any good first mate would do and tried to save the bow from hitting the dock. Unfortunately, during my unthought out maneuver, I hit the drink - that's right - I took one for the team in 38 degree bay water. My wet Uggs and those handy layers of clothing sent me right down to the bottom of the Bay which, thankfully, was only around 6.5" right where I went. Even with my watersoaked Uggs thoug, I came up walking on water! John fished me out - thank you Lord for a wonderful boyfriend, and dried me off. Next thing I knew, I was in a new change of warm clothes, a tervis tumbler full of bourbon in my hand and I was hanging on this time!

The reason I took one for the team? There was no HANDLE on which to hold onto the boat when I stepped out to the ledge on the side! So, I fixed that problem the next time I dialed up Amazon. We have this exact boat handle. I love the thing!

See our boat boarding handle in the left down there? My favorite boat accessory EVER!

See our boat boarding handle in the left down there? My favorite boat accessory EVER!

See our boat boarding handle in the left down there? My favorite boat accessory EVER!

Some of my other boating articles you might like

I've written quite a few articles about boating some of which are below. You'll find a whole slew of different gift items within these articles, so grab a cup of coffee and start surfing.


Must-have pontoon boat accessories
Pontoon boats spell p-a-r-t-y and that's what's on this article - items you must have on a pontoon boat to ensure a good time will be had by all.


Jet ski necessities - everything you need for a day of riding a wave runner
Once we bought a jet ski, I was off and running! Here's the things I found that I most needed while on the water.


Using The Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole - Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy
I love my Instant Fisherman; it didn't matter to me that I got laughed at on the pier a few times. I always caught fish!


Pool Floats For Adults
I'm a champion floater and here's some of my favorite pool floats - work perfectly well in the bay also.


Christmas boat decorations - deck your boat with boughs of holly
Just a fun article with some great pictures of boats decked out for Xmas


Boat teak maintenance and restoration
It's a fact of life - teak must be maintained....

Running right ahead of a cold front - we did beat it but barely!

Running right ahead of a cold front - we did beat it but barely!

Running right ahead of a cold front - we did beat it but barely!

Another view of a few chairs on the bow of John's beautiful boat

My favorite seating on Namaste, John's sailboat.

My favorite seating on Namaste, John's sailboat.

Got a boat? - Got comments?

Jim Houston from Wilmer, Alabama on June 12, 2014:

Great stuff and lots I would like to have. We have a 32' sailboat and I understand how important many of these items are.

Pinar Unlu from Mugla Turkey on December 03, 2013:

Great list, my husband is a captain, I am in chartering business, I'll keep them in mind and come back time to time.. The chair is great !

Guy E Wood from USA on October 08, 2013:

Hey, this is great stuff. Planning to move aboard and cruise full time, so your information is right on the mark!


rubiduong on August 05, 2013:

cool lenses

Tom McHugh from Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA on July 18, 2013:

Wow. What a list!

mariacarbonara on June 08, 2013:

What a great selection of boat gifts. Outstanding

Ben Reed from Redcar on April 20, 2013:

A great collection of gifts for the boat owner.

mrdata on April 20, 2013:

cool ideas thanks for your sharing!

Rob Hemphill from Ireland on April 02, 2013:

All I can say is WOW! This is a wonderful display of everything a boat owner would love. ~blessed~

LisaDH on December 28, 2012:

Great ideas! My dad is a boat owner, and I've bought some of the gifts on this page for him on previous holidays, but now I have even more ideas for next Christmas.

anonymous on December 17, 2012:

What great suggestions! Mom and Dad (new boat owners) are now getting Go-Anywhere Chairs for Christmas. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!

NibsyNell on December 04, 2012:

Great ideas! I love the bottle openers. :)

anonymous on November 22, 2012:

We are anxious to buy our first boat for Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Thanks for all the ideas about other stuff we should think about as well!

WriterJanis2 on November 19, 2012:

Wow! There are so many wonderful ideas here. How to choose one????

Angela F from Seattle, WA on November 14, 2012:

I'm sure your very significant other is very pleased with all your research efforts! :) *blessed

anonymous on November 09, 2012:

Excellent Lens and products, might have to forward to my better half!

Michey LM on November 07, 2012:

Hi! I don't know how many bout owner are nowadays in USA, but your lens is great. Blessings!

treehousebrando1 on November 07, 2012:

I used to have a boat when I lived in Florida. It sounds cheesy, but I think one of the best boat gifts is a traditional compass. Something unique to your boat too. Maybe it's theme can be based off the name of the boat. You can go in many different directions with it, pun intended!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 06, 2012:

I think you have chosen just the right things for boat owners.

anonymous on November 06, 2012:

Returning to congratulate you on home page honors on this endless shopping list for new boat owners....and with many items for those who have owned a boat for some time!

StrongMay on November 05, 2012:

Used to, but now sadly she is gone (burnt! Ouch!) and my family is looking at new boats. All our equipment was on board during the fire, so when we get a new boat it will be time for some serious shopping.

RinchenChodron on November 05, 2012:

Great selection of wonderful useful gifts. I have another one - I'll contact you elsewhere.

Lora Riley on November 04, 2012:

nice lens

Tom Maybrier on November 04, 2012:

Well, I don't have a boat but if I did I'm sure I'd send this lens to my friends!

gottaloveit2 (author) on October 30, 2012:

@CoffeeWriter LM: Thankfully, my skipper is well schooled and very very careful. That boat on the rocks was not ours (whew!). They were coming into the harbor at night and were drinking - duh!

CoffeeWriter LM on October 22, 2012:

A lens that's close to my heart. Just wondering, was that your boat there on the rocks, or is it the one in the intro picture? :)

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on August 27, 2012:

I don't have a boat yet, but I know couple of guys who do. Really great selection of gifts. Practical and cute!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 27, 2012:

My brother owns a large boat and generally spends a large part of his summer out boating. He recently managed to reel in the $10,000 prize in a fishing derby so he was thrilled.

anonymous on July 23, 2012:

Endless ideas for new boat owners and many items for those who have been boat owners for some time!

NeoDoc on July 19, 2012:

I simply can't imagine a more complete list of boat "toys". As a boat owner I'll bookmark your lens and reference it often. Well done!

BestRatedStuff on July 09, 2012:

I wouldn't mind some of these as gifts for myself and I don't have a boat. Nice selection.

Barbara Walton from France on July 03, 2012:

I'm not at all nautical but loved your photos. If anyone ever gives me a boat I'll know where to come.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 21, 2012:

Wow, I don't have a boat but that rolling ice cream maker sounds like a perfect gift for some kids I know! They could simulate a rocking boat, right?! Fun stuff here!

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on June 13, 2012:

Those key floats sure look handy and useful

BarbaraCasey on June 09, 2012:

Here in Florida we have a LOT of boat owners. I had so much fun reading your lens. Blessings.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 09, 2012:

No, we don't have a boat right now but have had one in the past and these are all great gifts for the boat owner.

samsipet on June 07, 2012:

You have some really cool stuff here, like that portal shower system, I could really use one of those.

carolinarobin on June 07, 2012:

I love boating! Will be checking my friends boat this weekend for these items.

marsha32 on June 05, 2012:

aahhh very good. When thinking of a gift for my son, it had never crossed my mind to get him something to use on his boat!

AlleyCatLane on May 24, 2012:

Very comprehensive list. I would never have thought of floating keys. LOL

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on May 12, 2012:

Nice list of boat-owner-worthy gifts. :)

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 22, 2012:

These are all great boat gifts! Love the pack for the back of a boat seat. Makes so much sense to use all the space available.

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anonymous on February 06, 2012:

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Alohagems on January 11, 2012:

This lens me of our boat that has been sold weeks ago.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 11, 2012:

Yep, we have the boat and the darn thing has more accessories than I do. It seems like there is always one more gadget that it needs. Some terrific gift ideas here for the boat owner.

anonymous on January 11, 2012:

Don't own a boat and probably never will but you sure give plenty of information on this lens for those who do own a boat. Blessed!

Namaste12 on January 11, 2012:

Wonderful articles. You even gave me a few ideas .. You are right. Safety cannot be stressed enough when you're away from land and out in the water. I love the quotes you picked.. One of my favorite quotes is from Mark Twain: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover."

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