10 Brilliant Christmas gift ideas for boaters

There’s something for everyone, from affordable to big budget and super stylish, in our Christmas gifts guide, all guaranteed to put a big smile on your festive faces

Lumishore underwater lights

Lumishore Underwater lights

Why do you need underwater lights? Because they’re cool and they turn your bathing platform into an aquarium at night. Lumishore offer a huge range of super bright LED lights suitable for RIBs through to superyachts, either through hull or surface mount and either single colour or colour changing. Price From £139. Buy it here.


Ultra Marine Anchor/Swivel

Ultra Swivel

Santa may not thank you for having to lug this beast around but the hand-polished stainless steel anchor’s performance is as good as its looks. In combination with the swivel there should never be a scenario where the anchor is retrieved upside down. It’s an expensive combo but the good news is the swivel will work with any anchor. Price £694.54. Buy it here.


Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator

moon tides watch


Limited to just 1,000 units this handsome looking watch combines premium quality and style with genuine usability for mariners. It has an illuminated moon phase display and hour and minute hands powered by micro gas tubes so no light source is needed to read the face in the dark. It also displays high and low tide over a two-week period and is water resistant to 330ft (100m). Available with a black or blue face. Price £2,120. Buy it here.

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Helly Hansen HP half-Zip Pullover

Helly Hansen grey pullover with zip

This mid-layer top is made from double-knit polyester for light protection from the cold. The lightweight material makes it quick to dry if you do get a soaking and it’s easy to pack into a small bag for short trips away. The high zip collar will help to keep your neck warm and it’s available in a good variety of colours. Price £50. Buy it here.

GoXtreme Rebel action camera

GoXtreme Rebel Underwater Camera

It may not have the big name appeal of better known brands but the Goxtreme Rebel looks cracking value for money. It shoots in 720p HD with a 140 degree wide-angle view and can take up to 16mp still images, too. Built-in Wi-Fi syncs to a free app allowing a smartphone to be used as a viewfinder and is waterproof to 30 metres. Price £49. Buy it here.


Slipper Launch Model

Classic Boats Model slipper wooden boat model

This limited edition model of a classic Thames slipper launch is the next best thing to the real deal. Based on a scaled down version of an original Woottens of Cookham design and handcrafted from cedar with cast metal fittings and six layers of paint and lacquer, it is as detailed as it is authentic. Price £495. Buy it here.

RNLI port & starboard socks

RNLI Port and Starboard Socks green and red

No Christmas would be complete without a pair of socks under the tree but at least these stylish black socks with red or green highlights look the part and help swell the coffers of the RNLI. In fact there’s a whole host of different novelty gifts, clothing and festive food on the RNLI’s website if you want to rip through your Christmas list and support the cause at the same time. Price £4. Buy it here.

MBY subscription

Motor Boat and Yachting January 2018 issue


It’s the gift that keeps on giving, providing a monthly fix of new and used boats, inspirational cruising ideas and the best boating stories around, even through the dark days of winter. You can buy it for friends, relatives, partners, godchildren or simply as a treat to yourself, and look forward to the hours of pleasure it brings every time a new issue drops through the letterbox.
Price from £22.49 for six months. Buy it here.

Power Ray underwater drone


The idea of exploring the subaqua world beneath your boat can be very enticing, the reality of cold water and fogged up diving masks less so. Now you can explore it from the comfort of your cockpit via this underwater drone. It streams high res video as it dives at up to 4 knots to a depth of almost 100ft. Price From £1,699. Buy it here.

Standard Horizon HX40E

Standard Horizon HX40E VHF Radio

This waterproof VHF, which is about the size of a pack of playing cards, is compact but packs a punch. It boasts 6W of transmitting power, an FM radio and a bright dot matrix screen that remains clear even in direct sunlight. Chunky buttons on the simple fascia make it easy to use with gloves. Price £159.95. Buy it here.



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