As the temperature drops and we move closer to the end of the year, it’s that time to start looking for festive gifts for the adventurous sailors in our lives. Not sure what to get? Have no fear,
Ocean Sailor is here to provide some ideas.
1. JBL Waterproof Speakers
JBL have a reputation for great speakers and these waterproof options are a great addition to any sailing yacht cockpit. We have two options for you based on budget.
Flip 5 – $130 | £89 | €99
Clip 4 – $50 | £50 | €55
2. Garmin Quatix 6 Sailing Watch
The Quatix 6 is an excellent rugged watch for sailors and adventurers, especially for those that spec Garmin navigation equipment (as standard on all Kraken yachts). Provides live location on coastal charts, inland maps and even ski charts using inbuilt GPS, health monitoring for outdoor pursuits and connects directly to your Garmin Chartplotter, giving live boat data and even providing autopilot control.
$500 | £570 | €629
3. Sawyer PointOne Squeeze Water Filter
This award-winning water filter is a must, providing clean water wherever you travel around the world. Just fill up the pouch from any lake or stream, screw on the filter and squeeze into a bottle or cup. Rated to 0.1 micron absolute filtration, it removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, leptospirosis, cholera and E.coli, removes 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium), and it also removes 100% of microplastics.
$44 | £54 | €59
4. QuenchSea Manual Watermaker
The ultimate lightweight emergency manual desalinator is compact and the perfect addition to any survival bag. It combines a hydraulic system, triple pre-filtration and a small reverse osmosis membrane to desalinate seawater into freshwater using manual human power. The company also promises to donate one watermaker for each one sold, in the hope of providing clean drinking water to those in need.
$130 | £100 | €118
5. KPM Marine - Fire Rescue Pump Kit (FRP5)
Designed and manufactured in the UK and DNV-GL approved, the Predator pump is the most robust and efficient self-priming 24V pump on the market. Combined with a lithium battery pack (LiPO4 / 24V / 50Ah) the pump can be used in many flood rescue scenarios including confined spaces (no emissions). Highly portable, FRP5 can also be carried by one person.
6. Alkin W31 Mariner Vertical Dive Compressor
We include this dive tank compressor on the list this year as Alkin makes a vertical version of its highly reviewed W31 model. This is perfect for yachts as it takes up less floor space. It can be easily mounted in the lazarette (as seen on Kraken yachts).
7. DJI Osmo Action 2
For the budding cruising filmmaker DJI have just released the new Osmo Action 2 which is a modular action camera designed to rival the GoPro. Its small size, in-built stabilisation and modular design give it great flexibility and durability while sailing. A great option to go snorkelling with (10m) or diving with the waterproof case (60m).
$399 | £349 | €399
8. Scanstrut ROKK Active Wireless Charging Mount
This excellent wireless charging mount by Scanstrut can be mounted directly onto your helm console, providing a safe, waterproof place to charge your phone. The mount is IPX6 rated waterproof and works directly with 12/24V systems to supply wireless charging, meaning you won’t need to use any phone charging cables.
$185 | £138 | €165
9. Antal Hook Tweaker HK12
The Antal Snap Hook is an “open low friction ring” with a spliced Dyneema loop. It can be easily “hooked” to a spinnaker, genoa or gennaker sheet as a barber hauler to give the lightest and strongest solution for line control. The hook itself is made of hard black anodised aluminium with a safety spring to prevent the line from accidentally dropping out.
$100 | £75 | €110
10. North Face Base Camp Duffel Waterproof Bag
Iconic for good reason, the Base Camp Duffel is trusted by travellers and adventurers from the Himalayas to urban metropolises. It’s now made from water-resistant recycled materials but packs the same durability and ruggedness. We have gone for the medium version which has 71L of space (and two of our team use these). A great option when packing to go sailing.
$149 | £115 | €130
11. Ledlenser SEO 7R LED Rechargeable Head Torch
Ledlenser is renowned for great quality torches and we have used their SEO 7R head torch on many miles of ocean sailing. Rugged, bright, light and long battery life, we can’t fault it. It also has various options of brightness, an emergency flashing mode and a red light for when you need to keep your night vision.
$40 | £65 | €50
12. Kraken 50 Build Slot Reservation
Want to surprise your loved one with a Kraken 50 but worried it won’t fit under the tree? We’ve got you covered with a Kraken 50 build slot reservation to hold your space in the queue. The K50 is the ultimate bluewater cruiser to sail off around the world in safety and comfort. Build slots are filling fast, so book now!