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Stuck wondering what to buy for the sailor or sailing enthusiast in your life? Picking the right gift for a sailor can be tricky, so we’ve picked out the best gifts for sailors as chosen by the Yachting Monthly team!
We have searched through our best-on test boating gear of 2021 and 2022 to pick the perfect gift for the sailor in your life. Everything incliuded in this list is something the editorial team – passionate sailors all – would like to receive as a gift, so you can be sure that this is a list of truly useful and interesting gifts for sailors and cruisers.
Not everyone is on the same budget, so we have sectioned our gift guide by price, you can skip to each section below.
Best gifts for sailors under £100
This is the book for people who plan to cruise under sail – perhaps manage whole passages without motoring!
With so many books offering to help people pass exams or travel confidently from marina to marina, it is so refreshing to open a book that puts sail-handling first.
Not that Tom Cunliffe is anti-engine or anti-modern navigational systems.
He is enthusiastic for them all, but nothing exceeds ‘the mystical pleasure that flows from the way a sailing craft converts the passing air into forward motion.’ Quite.
This isn’t a comprehensive book but it’s an invaluable one.
As well as teaching new skills and revising old ones, it will also encourage skippers to reflect on their own practice, priorities and sailing pleasure.
Sail the British Isles: A cruising guide to the UK and Ireland
From the makers of Yachting Monthly, this cruising guide contains 30 of the best harbours and anchorages around the UK and Ireland, written by local experts, all of whom regularly contribute to YM, including our literary reviewer Julia Jones and pilot guide author Norman Kean.
Given that the coastlines of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England are together amongst the longest in Europe, they offer a dazzling variety of bays and headlands, islands, beaches and rivers.
You don’t have to venture far to find a picturesque harbour from which to base your cruise.
These harbours are worth exploring in their own right, with centuries of history, stunning landscapes and vibrant waterside communities to discover, or you can spread your wings to find quieter spots away from it all.
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Tribord Floating Sunglasses Polarised UV Protection
Decathlon’s designers have developed these Tribord glasses for sailing and nautical activities.
Floating glasses with polarised category-3 lenses for 100% UV protection filter out glare from the surface of the water.
Practical if dropped, they float.
The wraparound style protects your eyes from all directions.
Available in black with electric blue lenses or with petrol blue frames and matt black lenses.
Revolve Rolatube Rollable Extendable Boat Hook
This innovation rolls down to the size of a coffee cup – in the manner of a snap bracelet – with the hook slotting inside.
It can be stowed in a drawer or fender locker, then quickly extended and the top attached; locking into a robust pole.
Made from a plastic composite that is recyclable at end of life, the manufacturer uses longer versions of the design to create communication masts with built-in radio antenna; or motorised models with cameras attached for inspecting nuclear reactor cores.
Orca Bay Sandusky Leather Deck Shoes
Featuring a machine washable Nubuck upper and off-white rubber siped sole, that is non-slip and non-marking, this is a comfortable but stylish deck shoe from Orca Bay.
Other features include a cushioned EVA heel cup; hand stitching; rawhide leather lace and rustproof eyelets.
When washing, the technique is to put the shoes into a washing bag or pillow case, use a mild detergent – Maximum 30 degrees.
After washing, stuff with paper to retain shape and allow to dry naturally.
Available in a range of colour options, and both men’s and women’s versions.
Best gifts for sailors from £100-£500
Baltic Safety Athena Women’s Fitted Lifejacket
An inflatable lifejacket developed to achieve the best possible fit for women.
Placing the 33G CO auto inflation valve horizontally under the bust gives the slimline lifejacket a better fit.
This neat and flexible 165N jacket is fully adjustable. It comes with padding for extra comfort and an airy mesh lining.
Athena is also lightweight, easy to put on – you don’t have to thread it over your head – and easily closed with Velcro and a quick-release buckle.
Available in one size for 40-120kg, and a chest width of 70-140cm.
Colour options: white/pink, navy/white, and black/grey.
Lewmar Epsilon Winged Anchor
Lewmar’s Epsilon anchor, awarded Super High Holding Power certification by Lloyd’s Register, boasts a unique winged design with a concaved fluke and ballast-tipped keel.
It has the same self-righting geometry as its predecessor the Delta, with self-launching characteristics and a sleek bow profile.
For 20-90ft yachts. In galvanised or stainless steel.
ACR Resqlink 400 406MHZ GPS Buoyant PLB
Small but resilient, the ResQLink 400 is a buoyant Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) that does not require any subscription for use and fits into the palm of your hands.
With three levels of integrated signal technology – GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability – the ResQLink 400 quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites.
Additionally, a built-in strobe and infrared strobe facilitate night-time, or other low visibility, rescues.
The ResQLink 400 is easily activated in an emergency situation: deploy the antenna, press the on button, and the beacon will guide rescuers to within 100 metres or less of your position.
The unit is supplied with multifunction clips.
Features include a multi-constellation GPS receiver (GPS & Galileo GNSS); Strobe and Infrared Strobe; 5 year battery life; 24+ hours Operational Life; Self Test & GPS Test function.
Best gifts for sailors over £500
Musto MPX Gortex Offshore Oilskins
The Musto MPX Collection was improved with an updated fit for 2021, with the jacket getting a darted sleeve construction for enhanced articulation, whilst the trousers were redesigned with a 200g reduction in weight.
Articulated knee and seat reinforcements combine a full spectrum of motion with enhanced durability.
Constructed from cutting-edge 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro fabric for remarkable waterproof, windproof and durable protection, that’s also incredibly breathable to keep you comfortable in all weather.
The jacket features a heat retentive grid fleece lined funnel and hood pod with a highly protective, adjustable spume.
These offshore waterproofs are available in black, blue, red and ‘platinum’ grey.
Garmin Quatix 6 Solar Sailing Smartwatch
Garmin’s Quatix 6X marine GPS smartwatch is essentially a Multifunction Display for your wrist.
Solar charging capability extends battery life on its 1.4-inch display to 24 days.
Extensive features include heart rate monitoring, GPS navigation and tracking plus altimeter, barometer and compass-sensor capabilities.
The Quatix 6X also supports optional BlueChart g3 charts with Navionics data. In titanium.
B&G Nemesis Intelligent Sailing Data
Navico’s B&G Nemesis is an intelligent sailing data display offering unparalleled visibility, with complete customisation or easy to use pre-set multi-function templates and automatic dashboards based on the point of sail.
It can be controlled via the touch screen or from an Apple Watch; has an easy to use drag & drop editor for full customisation; plus a wide choice of digital data displays including graphical gauges, SailSteer, tank levels, IP camera views, histograms and images.
Automatic context modes include: Upwind, Reaching, Downwind, Pre-start.
The bright IPS SolarMax HD touch screen has ‘super-wide’ viewing angles that can be seen from anywhere on-board, even whilst wearing polarised sunglasses, plus adjustable data sizes, palettes and backlighting; it is portrait or landscape mountable; and works with Ethernet and/or NMEA 2000 connectivity for complete data customisation.
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