Yachting’s 25 Best Gifts 2013

From Aruba's turquoise waters, we bring you great holiday gift options for the yachtsman.

December 5, 2013

Alue Three Gatsby Olive sunglasses

Newcomer to the sunglass market, Alue recently released the Alue Three Gatsby Olive sunglasses ($245), which combine retro 1950s styling with modern polarized glass lenses.

David Yurman Classic 46 mm Chronograph

With a dark-walnut matte alligator strap and a sapphire crystal exhibition with a double-side anti-reflective glass coating, David Yurman’s Classic 46 mm Chronograph ($4,800) exudes sophistication.

Eco Terra waterproof boom box

The Eco Terra waterproof Boom Box ($149) is a fully submersible iPhone/MP3 player with a waterproof stowage component that protects your keys and wallet while providing the soundtrack to your day at sea.


The FLIR First Mate II ($2,000) gives captains the gift of sight in dark and light-fog conditions.

Dubarry Bermuda Boat Shoe

Dubarry’s navy Bermuda boat shoes ($149) provide the yachtswoman with a padded deck shoe for all at-sea occasions.

Clement Rhum Agricole

Plucked from the cellar of Habitation Clement after aging 10 years is Clement Rhum Agricole ($70). Shown on nautical tray.

Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

Habitation Clement’s Casa Noble Reposado Tequila ($50) earns a spot on our holiday tray for its full-bodied flavor wrapped in a hand-blown decanter.

Four Roses bourbon

The stylish and functional Uniquely Nautical serving tray ($170) serves as an excellent backdrop to a bottle of Four Roses bourbon ($50), a new blend that celebrates its company’s 125-year anniversary.

Great Nautical Gifts

A Lotuff leather iPad case ($215) and Saddleback Classic dry bag ($310) rest on the table, begging to be taken on an adventure. A customizable Latitude and Longitude sign ($225) from Latitude Longitude Plaques and a Hatteras Weather Station ($920) from Maximum Instruments will add saltiness to any salon.

Oracle Edition Aquaracer Sailing Watch

In the America’s Cup, timing is everything, so it is fitting that Tag Heuer teamed up with Oracle Team USA, the defending Cup champion, to produce the Oracle Edition Aquaracer ($3,875), which commemorates perhaps the most exciting Cup in recent history.

Hydroview Sport underwater robot

The HydroView Sport ($5,500) underwater robot from Aquabotics has the ability to explore the depths and send high-definition video straight to your iPad and still images to social media sites.

Garmin’s Quatix

Garmin’s Quatix ($449) has the ability to control your vessel’s autopilot and send waypoints to an iPad. It’s also glare-proof and water-resistant to 164 feet.

Maui Jim’s Keanu

Maui Jim’s Keanu ($279) is an upscale pair of sunglasses that combines a classic look with a corrosion-resistant Monel metal frame, perfect for the salt-air environment.

Spot Global Phone

When simple messages aren’t enough, the SPOT Global Phone ($499) lets you connect with a data plan starting at $25 a month or $0.25 per minute.

Sperry Son-R Sounder Shandal

The Men’s Son-R Sounder Shandal ($90) from Sperry uses varying tread patterns on the rubber outsole to maximize traction on different surfaces, a feature that comes in handy when trying your hand at windsurfing or stand-up paddling, two sports that have seen an explosion in popularity in Aruba. Mesh uppers around the shoe provide enhanced breathability and decreased drying times, especially under the tropical sun.

Kaenon Burnet Sunglasses

The Kaenon Burnet ($239), with scratch-resistant polarized lenses, is an ode to cruisers of yesteryear with a 1980s-style unisex frame.

Clerc Hydroscaph

A Clerc Hydroscaph ($7,775) is an elegant Swiss watch with smart features like a second embedded clock that helps you stay tuned into other time zones.

Lemon & Line Windward Belt

Lemon & Line‘s Windward Belt ($68) is made in the USA of authentic nautical webbing, solid brass hardware and stamped leather.

Rolf Glass

American glass cutter Rolf Glass engraves these tumblers in the Coastal Collection with a playful school of fish, complete with one little guy swimming the wrong way.

Nautical Apparel

For sun protection, fisherman Arthur “Tuy” Giel wears a breathable Devon & Jones Dri-Fast Shirt ($35) under a Henri Lloyd Phoenix foul-weather jacket ($399), which comes in handy during regular afternoon rain showers. Having a Spinlock Deckvest Lite ($189) in hand provides an extra measure of safety and peace of mind to the solo angler.

Bad Elf Pro

If you’ve been looking for a small, lightweight and easy-to-use wireless GPS unit for your on-shore explorations or as a secondary unit for your boat’s tender, the Bad Elf Pro external GPS accessory may be the solution. This small, Apple iOS-friendly unit works with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches to provide accurate, real-time GPS information to the iOS device’s third-party apps. The Bad Elf Pro ($180) is water-resistant to IPX-4 standards, which translates into splashing water or rain but not submersion, and can communicate wirelessly, via Bluetooth, with up to five different iOS devices. This unit’s battery lasts for up to 16 hours when tethered via Bluetooth, or, in stand-alone data-logger mode, the unit will run for 32 hours . Also, users can record points of interest by simply pressing a button; POIs and other trip data can later be offloaded to a user’s iOS device and shared.

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