Can it be that time already?
Somehow the holiday crush is fast upon us! Only weeks ago, it seems, we were squeezing in a few last outings on the water, scoping out the changing foliage and getting in a few final shots at our favorite fish for food and sport.
Well, all good things must come to an end and many boaters actually find it a bit refreshing to take a short break over the winter to recharge their sea spirit. Of course, the key word here is “short,” for it shouldn’t be long after New Year’s Day before die-hard skippers and crews start planning their first adventures of 2019.
With just this thought in mind, we’ve compiled a holiday wish list full of goodies you can put to use immediately as you kick off the spring boating season. From small ticket items that any boater will find useful, to mid-range gifts that are sure to bring a smile and a few guaranteed to make a great big splash, here’s a line-up that’s sure to please. Even better, the first four products listed below qualify for Sea Tow Savings Club discounts which you can find at our website: www.seatow.com
Weego Jump Starters
Few things in boating are more disappointing than hearing the sound – or lack thereof- of a dead battery. So, it should come as no surprise that the gift of instant power usually brings big-time smiles. Weego’s compact, multifunctional power packs will crank your boat, ATV, car, truck and more. They fast-charge phones and tablets, power 12V accessories and light the way with tactical-grade flashlights up to 600 lumens. They also provide up to 3-years of standby power on a single charge. Model 44.1 (2,100A/440A) is most popular for boaters.
Price: $69.99 to $199.99. Sea Tow Members receive a 15% discount on the entire cart when using promo code #STMEM15 at www.myweego.com
Flitz Polishing Paste
Flitz Polishing products have been around for over 40 years. Everything started with a father and son who had an idea to create polishing products that would be universal, effective, and easy to use. Their signature “Blue” polishing paste is just that. If your captain wants his hardware to shine this paste will get it done. Buff with Flitz Microfiber, Flitz Original Büff Ball or a dry towel while the paste is still moist. Available in sizes 1.76 oz. to 1 gallon.
Price: $39.95 for a 1-gallon jar. Sea Tow Saving Club members receive 25% off total purchase when entering coupon code “SEATOW” at checkout; https://www.flitz.com/flitz-polish-paste.
Cobra MRHH600 VHF Marine Radio
Cell phones are fine for informal transmissions but for reliable connections on the water nothing beats a VHF radio. If your favorite captain doesn’t have one, this is a holiday gift you need to provide. Cobra Marine’s® MRHH600 VHF marine radio shows your GPS coordinates and automatically transmits them with DSC calls to notify the Coast Guard or other vessels of your exact position in case of emergency. This life saving radio also features a floating orange core so it’s easy to see in water, plus it has a built-in flashlight and emergency strobe. Lastly, the MRHH600 keeps your cell phone safe and dry because it allows boaters to place/receive phone calls through the radio.
Price: $229.95. Sea Tow Saving Club members visit www.cobra.com and enter promo code SEATOW18 for 20% off all orders on Cobra’s Marine, Action Cams & Power products.
Ugo Wear Floating Waterproof Dry Pouch/Cell Case
Keeping small stuff - especially cell phones - dry on the water is always the goal. Ugo’s 100% waterproof dry pouch/phone case offers a small profile that floats and allows you to use your iPhone or Android device to text, talk, email or shoot selfies and video. The modern design features a German engineered TIZIP waterproof zipper and is the perfect size to carry all the little things you need when in, on or around the water. Grab your cell phone, keys, cash, credit cards, passport, EpiPen or medication and off you go! The tag line at Ugo is “Always Dry,” and it rings true. Since launching their product line three years ago, the manufacturer reports zero cell phones lost to water damage.
Price: $59.99 to $129.00. Sea Tow Saving Club members receive a 25% discount on their entire cart when using promo code SEATOW25 at www.ugowear.com.
Steiner Blue Horizon 10 x 26 Binoculars
The question with binoculars isn’t how far can you see, it’s really how much light do your lenses let in. Steiner’s Blue Horizon 10 x 26 binoculars feature exclusive Autobright™ Sunlight adaptive lens technology, which automatically adjusts brightness for the best view in any lighting situation. Whether the sun is just below the horizon, shining brightly overhead or bouncing off the water at all angles, Blue Horizons are engineered to gather the right amount of light while reducing glare for optimum viewing. The 10 x 26 size, which makes objects appear 10 times closer, is just right for most inshore boating situations.
Price: $199; https://store.steiner-optics.com/collections/outdoor-nature-binoculars
Showers Pass Waterproof Knit Socks
For those who enjoy the boating and fishing lifestyle few gifts bring more bang for the buck than dryness and warmth. That makes Showers Pass waterproof knit socks the perfect holiday gift. Made with 3 bonded layers, these socks combine waterproof breathable performance, dexterous fit, and a comfortable knit feel. Wear them under your hiking or boat boots to keep your tootsies warm and dry in rain, snow or even heavy deck wash. I use them and I love them.
Price: $36 to $45; www.showerspass.com
Fish Monkey Tundra Insulated Mitten-Glove
If your favorite crewmember is fond of winter excursions, Fish Monkey’s Tundra Insulated Mitten-Gloves are sure to be well received. Offering warmth, dexterity and versatility they feature water and wind proof exterior fabrics. Inside, 260g Thinsulate insulation and polarfleece lining wrap the hands in comfort. A custom PU Leather Monkey Grip palm provides a positive non-slip grip of the ship’s wheel or fishing rods while extended neoprene cuffs lock in warmth and block out the elements. Extra strong finger pulls make them easy to pull on and off. These convertible mittens also feature an integrated pocket for inserting hand-warmers.
Price: $69.95; https://www.fishmonkeygloves.com/product/tundra-insulated-mitten-glove/
Kast King Speed Demon Spinning Reel
KastKing claims its new Speed Demon Spinning Reel is the fastest spinning reel in the world. The latest addition to the company's Speed Demon line-up, this new entry features a blazing 7.2:1 gear ratio, powerful carbon drag, and a braid-ready spool that eliminates the need to use monofilament line as backing. From buzzing bigmouth bass to provoking stripers, false albacore or even mahi with a super-fast retrieve, the potential of these new Speed Demon reels seems endless. Durable and reasonably priced, what a great surprise this would be to find under the tree.
Price: $89.98; https://amzn.to/2Ekf1tl