12 Best Gifts for Charter Sailors
Tis the season for gift giving, but what to get for the charter sailor? There are all kinds of goodies out there, but what will they need, want to use, and really get excited about? It has to have some function or connection to sailing, but it has to be cool too! The Charter Advisors and the Mayday Crew put their collective brains together to bring you THE charter sailing gifts of the season.
Everyone needs a good pair of sailing gloves! Sometimes charter sailors omit these from their gear bag thinking they aren't "hardcore" enough or only sail once or twice a year, so they just don't buy a pair. If you handle a line aboard even once, you'll know why these are at the top of our list. These are two of our favorite places to buy ours:
Gill - www.gillsailinggear.com
Harken - www.harkensailinggear.com
This one is a no brainer. If you've ever been on the water you know the value of a good par of shades. We've been testing sunglasses all year. We've tried everything, from high-dollar to low cost. From dark polarized to light gold and we've really been impressed with the polarized sunglasses from Kaenon and Costa. We've even had readers rave about them too. Guess we're late to the bandwagon. Pick up a pair for your crew and they will thank you for it!
Kaenon - www.kaenon.com
Costa - www.costadelmar.com
Sail bags and accessories made from (what else?) - America's Cup Sails!
If you want a jaw-dropping, guaranteed not to be returned present for the sailor in your life, this is it. MARO Couture sail bags are no ordinary totes. They aren't even your typical bags made from sails. They are hand crafted by artisans in Italy of the finest leather from sails actually used in the America's Cup! They look cool, and the bags themselves are famous! We also hear there are iPad and iPhone cases in the works!
MARO Sailing Couture - www.marosailingcouture.com
Sperry shoes are a staple in the sailing world. If anyone on your crew does not have a pair, get them some. We use ours every time out whether we're in the Caribbean or Annapolis. No slip, no stub, and a lot less cursing on deck. They have everything from fashionable to sporty / technical sailing shoes. We highly recommend you pick up a pair. They will be very much appreciated the moment they are put into use on-deck.
Sperry - www.sperryshoes.com
Bracelets, functional and fashionable
Men and women alike want to make a fashion statement. Bracelets are one of the ways sailors have shown their fashion sense though the years. Heck, even Captain Jack Sparrow had a few on his wrist. The age-old Turks Head knot has evolved. Now there are new bracelets that can get you out of a jam, and high fashion options made from the same lines we run though our fingers while out sailing. Check out Survival Straps and our friends over at Lemon and Line for options that are adventurous and adorable.
Para cord - www.survivalstraps.com
Lemon and line - www.lemonandline.com
Sailors wear t-shirts like models wear little black dresses. We just can't get enough of them (t-shirts, not models. They can't sail worth a damn). The average charter sailor goes though a pile of T's over a week of sailing. So, what to wear and not look like a tourist? Peace Love and Sailing and Anchored Style are tops on our list for our crew. The only thing we like as much is our own (elusive) Charter Advisors "Sailing Badassador" T. But these can't be bought, at least, not yet! Tweet, Facebook, or connect over Instagram to find out how to get yours!
Peace Love and Sailing - www.peacelovesailing.com
Achored Style - www.anchoredstyle.com
Gifts for the Salty Dog
A word of warning, if you're not at least 18 or have sensitive sensibilities, skip to the next gift. If you've got a salty dog in your crew, this is the place to get the gift he'll showcase all year. Vagina Sailors, established back in 1975 has been putting together tastefully tacky sailing products for some time now. Coozies, t-shirst, shot glasses, mugs and more. They work nicely as nautically naughty themed stocking stuffers and for those white elephant gift exchanges we all love to hate.
Vagina Sailors - www.vaginasailors.com
Sailing Knife / Tool
Every charter sailor should have a sailing knife in their gear bag. They are handy in more ways than we can say here, and they add an extra layer of safety on deck. Put it this way, if you suddenly need a knife, you wont have time to go buy one. Boye sailing knives make some the best out there. We also keep a Gill sailing multi tool on hand. This one combines a folding sailing knife with a shackle tool and a marlinspike (especially handy for getting those over-tightened knots loosened up). Choose either for your crewmate and they will be smiling ear to ear!
Sailing Knife - www.boyeknives.com
Gill - www.gillsailinggear.com
Sunken treasure AKA Booty!
Sailors throughout history have always held a special place in their hearts for a shiny piece of booty. These days we can skip the plundering and all the mess that comes with it. But nautical treasure comes in a few different flavors. One of our favorite is real, actual treasure! Namely the kind recovered from the treasure ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha that went down off the Flordia keys in 1622. Mel Fisher discovered her wreck and now offers the actual coins pulled from the ocean floor. A 390 year old gift never sounded so good! If it's something more mainstream and modern you're after, James Avery has a great selection of sailing pendants at very reasonable prices. If you want an even bigger selection, check out A.G.A Correa & Son. They produce complete lines of all types of nautical jewelry. If you can't find what you're after here, you're probably not going find it.
Atocha treasure - www.store.melfisher.com/magento
James Avery - www.jamesavery.com
A.G.A. Correa & Son - www.agacorrea.com
All weather gear
We're in the process of a long term testing the Columbia PFG line of shells, liners, and fleece jackets. And we have to say, wow! These are ideal for fall, winter, and spring sailing in those "non-Caribbean" charter locations. They also double nicely when the weather turns cold away from the water. Silver lined fleece jackets that reflect body heat, and multi-layer shell systems with zip in liners. The Columbia PFG system has been an ideal addition to our sea bag! Those cooler weather sailors on your list will really love you for this one!
PFG from Columbia - www.columbia.com
A Caribbean Sailing Charter
So let's cut to the chase. This is the gift us charter sailors covet the most. A charter sailing trip. So long as the water is warm, the wind is blowing, and there's a yacht booked for the week, the sailor on your list will be through the moon! After all, this is what it's all about, getting back out on the water, doing what we love, with the ones we love. For a list of Caribbean charter companies visit Charter Advisors. Or if you want some assistance planning your trip, try our new charter planning services. This is available to our readers for FREE!
A Yacht of their own!
For the ultimate charter sailing gift, why not take a look at a yacht they can call their own! If you put it in a charter fleet, she's payment free for 5 years! True, this is a bit of a reach, and probably not something that will fit under the tree, but if nothing else, sailors are dreamers! If yours dreams big like us, take a look at the brand new Fountiane Pajot Helia 44 and the newly designed VOYAGE 470. These look to be very promising new charter yachts splashing in 2013.
New Helia from Fountian Pajot - www.fountainepajot.com.au/helia-44-catamaran.htm
New Voyage 470 - www.voyageyachts.com
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