gifts for a boat owner

10 Best Gifts for a Boat Owner

Written by Kim Kavin
November 19, 2022

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Boatsetter Team

There’s always something new and cool that can be a great gift for a boat owner. This is true no matter the type of boat—you can find gifts for cruising boat owners, gifts for pontoon boat owners, gifts for fishing boat owners and more.

Here’s a look at some of the best gift ideas for a boat owner, broken down by the type of boat the person has.

  1. Coolers
  2. Marine grills and accessories
  3. Boat shoes and apparel
  4. Dry bags
  5. Waterski gloves
  6. Fishing boots and waterproof footwear
  7. Lures, rods, and reels
  8. Novelty fishing items
  9. Sailing gloves
  10. Waterproof, durable jackets and apparel

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Gifts for pontoon boat owners

Pontoon boat owners generally do their boating on a lake or reservoir, with a healthy dash of socializing among friends and family. These tend to be the kinds of boats where folks are barbecuing, snacking or just hanging out and sharing cold beverages.

  • That’s why gifts like coolers tend to be popular with the pontoon-boat crowd. Yeti is a well-known brand with a variety of options, and Engel makes an array of coolers in various styles and sizes. RTIC’s coolers also tend to get high marks among people who actually use them out in the elements.
  • If you’re shopping for the right gift for a pontoon boat owner with an onboard barbecue grill, then you can’t go wrong with grill accessories. BBQ Guys has all kinds of options, including racks, roasters, brushes, thermometers and more. Crate and Barrel is another good place to look, especially for more specialized items such as a fry pan that can be used outdoors, higher-end utensils, and gadgets like a rechargeable USB grill lighter.

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Gifts for cruising powerboat owners

Boaters who own cruising powerboats tend to spend at least a couple hours of day underway, and sometimes more. The best gifts for boat owners with cruising boats are often related to comfort—especially if they can help minimize the fatigue that comes with a boat’s vibration and noise while the engines are running.

  • The Sperry Sport line of shoes is made with extra cushioning and protection in all the right places for boaters who are out cruising and trying not to do things like stub a toe on a cleat while prepping to pull into port.
  • Another great gift idea for boaters who do a lot of cruising is gear from the Bitter End Yacht Club. It is a longtime favorite haunt of boaters in the Virgin Islands, and it has been rebuilding ever since Hurricane Irma tore through the islands. The Bitter End Provisions shop, as it’s called, is a way to find fun gifts for boaters and to help rebuild a world-class boating destination.

Gifts for wakesports boat owners

  • Dry bags are always a great gift for boaters who are into wakesports, because by definition, doing wakesports means you’ll have people getting in and out of the water and then dripping all over the boat. Dry bags help to keep everything from cash to important paperwork dry, and are a terrific place to store things like sunglasses while the rider is in the water. Mustang Survival makes good dry bags, as does Gill.
  • Another great gift idea for boaters who love wakesports is waterski gloves. They can be used for wakeboarding and other tow sports too, and they come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Check out the offerings at O’Brien and HO Sports.
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Gifts for fishing boat owners

  • Pelagic makes a line of footwear specifically for folks who like to go fishing. Its products include boots in various heights as well as sandals in all kinds of styles, for men, women and children alike. Grundens is also a good place to look for fishing boots in multiple options.
  • Depending on the type of fishing your friend likes to do, he or she may appreciate some new lures. Rapala offers a wide selection, and Game On has a variety too.
  • And, if you’re looking for more of a novelty-type gift for a boat owner who likes to fish, head over to the Guy Harvey website. His illustrations of fish are legendary, and you can buy all kinds of gifts that feature them, including yoga mats, dog collars and phone cases.

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Gifts for sailboat owners

  • One of the top things that sailors care about is keeping their hands free from line burns and cuts. That’s why a great gift idea for boat owners who sail is a pair of gloves made specifically for the marine environment. Harken makes a variety of gloves specifically styled for sailors. Henri Lloyd makes Pro Grip gloves for boaters, and Mustang Survival has a selection too.
  • For serious sailors, companies like Gill and Helly Hansen make, well, serious jackets that will keep boaters warm and dry even if they get caught in a nasty storm. Look for terms like “offshore” and “ocean” if you’re looking for serious sailing gear, as well as features like “quick drying” and “sealable pockets” that sailors tend to love.

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