With endless options for gear and gadgets, picking a perfect gift for the boater in your life can send you overboard! Thankfully, our Go Boating Florida team knows a thing or two about making a day on the water even better—consider us your holiday lifesavers. These handselected gifts range from sentimental to practical and with a budget in mind for everyone, there’s bound to be something on our list for your favorite boater.


Under $50


Fuse Lenses $12.00 and up
Why we love it: Our favorite sunglasses can finally come out of the junk drawer thanks to these affordable replacement lenses. Fuse makes replacements for everything from fishing sunglasses to designer fames.

Rambler 30oz Tumbler by Yeti
Why we love it: Keeps our morning coffee piping hot while we head off shore and our 5:00 beer ice cold after a long day on the boat. We recommend throwing in a lid to keep it from spilling on the deck.
ECOXGEAR Lite Portable Audio System $39.99
Why we love it: Good quality sound doesn’t mean it has to take up a lot of space. This waterproof speaker fits in our beach bag or comfortably in the center console.


Under $100


Dog Life Vest $79.95
Why we love it: A gift that keeps our boat buddy safe is better than any gift you could get for us! The extra strong handle is great for scooping the dog out of the water and the reflective trim helps keep them in site.
Frabill Magnum Bait Station $89.99
Why we love it: Some of us don’t have boats outfitted with livewells, so this keeps our bait fresh. This setup is pretty portable so it makes fishing from land a complete game changer.
Customized Brass Compass $89.00
Why we love it: Reminds us of Grandpa’s favorite compass. Getting your loved one’s name engraved on it makes it even more special.


Under $150


Leatherman Signal Multitool $109.95
Why we love it: In addition to the usual tools, it also has a safety whistle and a fire-starting ferro rod which are must-haves for boat camping.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag $129.00
Why we love it: This high end, weather resistant classic duffel is sure to last many weekend trips. The design also reminds us of something Dad sported back in the day.
OluKai Na’i WP Waterproof Boots $140.00
Why we love it: Keeps us laid-back Floridians comfortable, but gives us the protection of an actual boot. They’re fully waterproof so they’ll take us from sight casting in skinny water to washing off the boat in the driveway without weighing us down.


Under $250


Shimano Ultegra 4000XG FB Spinning Reel $159.99
Why we love it: This rod holds 200 yards of mono but doesn’t break the bank, perfect for the inshore angler who loves fishing just as much as you love them.

Gill Regatta Master Watch
Why we love it: We don’t have to worry about taking it off when we go diving since it’s water resistant up to 150 feet down. It has stainless steel buttons, so it can handle plenty of dives down to the USS Mohawk reef.

Garmin eTrex Touch 25 Handheld GPS $249.99
Why we love it: The full color touchscreen and extra memory for more maps helps us navigate new areas. Plus, the 16-hour battery life means if we forget to charge it in-between trips, we’ll still have enough juice to get us back to the dock.


Any Budget


Make a donation of any size in their name to an environmental organization to help keep their boating waters clean. Our local favorite is Captain’s for Clean Water.


Happy Gifting


If you’re in need of some more gift ideas, check out our boater’s directory for our favorite local charter captains, dock and lift companies, boat dealers and more. Happy holidays from our crew to yours!

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