2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the yachtsmen in your life this holiday season.

November 30, 2015

Papa’s Pilar

Papa’s Pilar Rum, named after the legendary writer and adventurer Ernest “Papa” Hemingway, is a rum crafted for life on the sea ($40). Courtesy Papa’s Pilar

Proteus Barometer

This barometer is housed in a solid brass case and has no external wires or sensors, making it easy to mount aboard any yacht. It’s also valuable to have on board, as it is accurate to within ±0.08 inches of mercury ($495). Courtesy Maximum Weather Instruments

Phantom 3 Drone

Drones offer modern yachtsmen the chance to create eye-popping at-sea footage. DJI’s Phantom 3(/$999 for the advanced model; $1,259 for the pro model) gets the nod from Yachting‘s drone aficionado, Managing Editor Jake Lamb. He found it strong enough to tackle stiff winds while still being nimble and easy to fly. The Phantom 3’s “quadcopter” design uses four independent rotors that automatically synchronize for maneuverability and stability. Should the drone fly out of range (up to 1.2 miles), the remote control’s “home” button provides a fail-safe option. The “auto-launch” function simplifies takeoffs. Three additional sensors (visual and ultrasonic) allow the Phantom 3 to hover, fly close to the deck and fly indoors. While both versions use a three-axis gimbaled camera mount, the advanced model sports a 1080p HD camera and the professional version is fitted with a high-definition 4K camera. Both versions can stream live video imagery onto your tablet, and the DJI’s intuitive app simplifies flying and editing. Courtesy DJI

Pelagic’s Eclipse Guide Shirt

Pelagic’s Eclipse Guide Shirt is made to fight the elements. The Eclipse shirt is made of ultra-­lightweight MicroTEK polyester, and UV-50-plus sun protection is built in ($79). The fabric is water repellent as well as antimicrobial, with mesh panels for venting in front, back and under arms. Courtesy Pelagic

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster II

Still the king of watches, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster II is designed specifically for yachts and to give the wearer legibility in any condition. ($17,900) Courtesy Rolex

Classic Sounders

American-made Classic Sounders come in tan leather with brass rivets, giving you style and comfort while securing your sunglasses securely where they’re supposed to be ($45 + optional $5 for monogramming). Courtesy Sounders

Bi-Fold Wallet

Shown in tan alligator $560 and chocolate alligator, these carry options from Moore & Giles are available with monograming in either style of leather. Matching options shown in descending order include a compact wallet, money-clip wallet and dual-magnet money-clip. Moore & Giles Courtesy Moore & Giles
The Garmin VIRB XE is the latest action camera from Garmin. Like most action cameras on the market today, it shoots in high definition. Where the VIRB XE truly stands out is with its G-Metrix technology. G-Metrix allows you to track and overlay how fast, how far and how high your adventure was. Bonus for yachtsmen: The VIRB XE can dive up to 164 feet without a case ($399). Courtesy Garmin

Costa Del Mar Double Haul

From sunglasses manufacturer Costa Del Mar, the Double Hauls come with patented vents to keep your glasses from fogging, and with hinges to keep them in place when the wind is howling ($249). Courtesy Costa Del Mar

Vineyard Vines Fish Hook Belt

The Vineyard Vines Fish Hook Belt(/$98) combines Italian Monteray leather with a solid-brass, hand-cut buckle. Courtesy Vineyard Vines

LED Downlight

The Sigma Large PowerLED from IMTRA is a stainless steel downlight that can be mounted with springs or screws in a variety of previously cut holes aboard your yacht ($179). Courtesy IMTRA

Shore Project Watches

Shore Project Watches has a line of timekeepers that are perfect for when you are on (or in) the water. The watches are waterproof up to 328 feet. They also can take on a different look in seconds, thanks to a swappable strap design. The straps come in leather, mesh, silicone and more. Watches start at $175, and straps start at $30. Courtesy Shore Project Watches

Suntory Hibiki 21 Year Old

The Hibiki 21 Year old was named the World’s Best Blended Whisky at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards. ($230) Courtesy Suntory

GoPro Hero 4 Session

With the Hero 4 Session, GoPro combines durability and professional-quality photo and video features into its smallest and lightest camera yet ($300). Courtesy GoPro

Sailboat Cuff Links

The Sailboat Cuff Links designed by Jan Leslie and for sale with Neiman Marcus are a great way to show your love of the sea on land or on the water ($395). Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Brass Telescope

Make everybody on the boat feel like history’s great explorers with this brass telescope from National Geographic(/$58). Courtesy National Geographic

The Journals of Captain James Cook

The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery(/$1,100) is a rare book that gives you a look inside the mind of one of the world’s most celebrated explorers. You can also get a modern printing of the book in paperback for $12. Courtesy Old Authors Bookshop

Leatherman’s wearable Tread ­multitool

A sexy, cool  tool: Leatherman’s wearable Tread ­multitool offers infinite possibilities. The corrosion-resistant, 17-4 stainless-steel tread is $165. Courtesy Leatherman

Fire Hose Wallet

These waterproof Fire Hose Wallets are made from decommissioned hoses once used to fight fires. Each wallet is lined with military-grade parachute silk. Sale proceeds are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity ($75). Courtesy Elvis & Kresse

Adnams East Coast Barley Vodka

The Adnams Barley Vodka recently won Best Varietal Vodka at the 2015 World Vodka Awards. The England-based Copperhouse Distillery uses locally grown barley and handmade copper pot stills to create this one-of-a-kind vodka that the people at the World Vodka Awards describe as “soft and creamy with plenty of vanilla and barley notes.” Courtesy Adnams

Schooner Boat Shoe

The Schooner Boat Shoe by John Varvatos is made of calfskin leather and has a laceless, slip-on design that shows off details in ways that other boat shoes don’t ($198). Courtesy John Varvatos

Boatyard Coat

The Boatyard Coat from Vineyard Vines has a cotton-canvas lining and a corduroy collar for comfort when the winds start to chill your bones ($130). Courtesy Vineyard Vines

Carbon Fiber Flag Clock

This Carbon Fiber Clock from Chelsea Clocks features 12 nautical flags positioned around the face and is available in wall and mantle format. The finish is offered in chrome or brass ($450). Courtesy Chelsea Clock

Sirocco Wind Speed Instrument

The Sirocco Wind Speed Instrument from Maximum Weather Instruments can track speeds up to 100 mph. Its mahogany finish and black face provide a subtle and elegant look that rivals any instrument on the market ($225). Courtesy Maximum Weather Instruments
This pendant from AGA Correa & Son was inspired by yacht designer L. Francis Herreshoff, using a model anchor borrowed from his private collection to design it. ($1,000 for the 14k version). AGA Correa & Son

Garmin quatix

In addition to being a marine GPS watch, the Garmin Quatix has a self-adjusting altimeter, a barometer and a three-axis electronic compass ($208). Courtesy Garmin

Sport Lace-Up Loafers

These Sport Lace-Up Loafers from Saks Fifth Avenue are made from rubber and have ventilation for added comfort ($159). Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue
The Ion Air Pro 3(/$350) may fit in your pocket, but that doesn’t mean it won’t take great pictures. At just 4 inches long, the high-definition camera has a metal screw barrel that lets you mount it pretty much anywhere.
Yachting Magazine logo

A subscription to Yachting

A Yachting subscription is the perfect gift for any yachtsman who might enjoy features and news from the premier voice in yachting since 1907. And how about a renewal for yourself, as a reward for all your holiday shopping for others? Yachting

More Gear