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Gift Ideas For Boaters - Buyer's Guide 2020

Published: Friday, November 29, 2019

Enhance the life of a boater that you love!
Here are some perfect ideas for making sure the next gift-giving occasion is smooth sailing.

Many have special pricing with Great Lakes Scuttlebutt-specific coupon codes.
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The City-to-Sea Dry Tote by Bitter End Provisions

In an exciting collaboration with designer Vicious Venom, meet the perfect combo of dry bag and classic canvas tote. Waterproof, heat-welded construction with a roll-top, the dry tote has the fit and finish to please the style-conscious, and the utility to meet the needs of the performance gear fanatic.

Get 15% OFF your first purchase. Use Promo Code: GREATLAKES

Sea Bags Navy Anchor Tote

Sea Bags begin as sails and are transformed into nautically inspired, hand-sewn totes and accessories made in the USA. Our signature Navy Anchor Tote is a go-to gift for anyone with its durability, generous compartment, and bold graphic. Find more bags, plus home decor and jewelry at

Save 10% with code SCUTTLE19 in-store or

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The Chafe-Mat™ by Chafe-Pro®

Protect your gel coat and teak railings from the unwanted rubbing of dock or fender lines. Place over the cleat and tie off your line; the Chafe-Mat™ will stay secure. Lightweight and flexible makes for easy stowage. Embroidery options available. “Protect Your Investment®
Starts at $84.99

Receive 20% off with code: GLS20

Bundle Pack by Edson

Receive all the latest must-have products offered by Edson in one gift pack! Includes one 5gl SureCan (Gasoline, Diesel, or Kerosene), two 3-packs of 8-inch ComfortGrip, and one 6-piece set of Garden Hose Fittings. Stay comfortable and make your boating life cleaner and easier! Plus, the bundle pack comes with free shipping!

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Flitz Detailing Tools Gift Box

The perfect gift to restore & protect boats for an entire year. One box comes with 2 large tubes of Flitz Paste Polish, an 8oz bottle of Flitz Ceramic Coating Sealant, a 3” Buff Ball that fits on any drill, 2 microfiber, 2 Boat Soap, 2 travel packets of polish, and catalog! Also order at (262) 534-5898.
$98.95 $69.95 (Special Price for GLS readers! No code necessary.)

Special price for GLS readers! Plus, FREE shipping!

Ultimate One Bucket System

The complete storage and detailing solution! Turn an ordinary 5-gallon bucket into an extraordinary multi-purpose utility item that will simultaneously transform your washing experience and gear storage. This version is packed with Shurhold detailing chemicals to keep your boat Clean-N-Simple!
Normally $138.88 - Click here to get $10 off!

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303® Boat Care Bundle

303® Marine Protectants and Cleaners have been THE premium choice for boaters for over 30 years. We take pride in formulating the best, most effective solutions possible, and this bundle of products is the perfect answer to keep boats looking new and lasting longer for years to come!

SquidCup – Our Tumblers Don’t Tumble!

No cup holder, no problem. Eliminate spills with our patent pending dual-magnet + micro suction cup technology. Easy to use, totally maintenance-free with no adhesives or sticky residue to worry about! The SquidCup Base and Tumbler work together creating a movable, magnetic, and secure system that any boater would love!

Save 15% with Code: GLSB15

Under $50!

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The World's Best Dual Action Polisher

This easy-to-use machine is perfect for correcting light oxidation & waxing your boat without the risk of burning or swirling your finish. Achieve the same high gloss, professional finish that the pros do, but in a unit that less-experienced, everyday users can operate with the same effectiveness. Kit contains everything you need to get started.
Normally $174.98 - Click here to get $10 off!

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A temporary docking device that replaces the need to use a cleat hitch. Large size (for boats up to 50’) accepts dock line from 3/8"-3/4”. Mini (boats 30’ & below) accepts 3/8”-1/2” line. Perfect for those who aren’t proficient at tying knots, for those with disabilities, or people who love a good short cut.
Large: $80/pair; Mini: $65/pair

Save 20% OFF your order with code: Scuttlebutt

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Sailing Shorts by Bitter End Provisions

The performance shorts loved by Bitter End's own-from pros to ams. Our watersports team were early adopters of these signature RailRider shorts back when they launched in the 1990s. In the decades since, they've become legendary on the water and around Virgin Gorda for their hardcore durability, function, and sporty style.

Get 15% OFF your first purchase. Use Promo Code: GREATLAKES

Boaters Locker: Custom Clothing & Gifts for All Boaters

Boaters Locker is a Michigan based company specializing in personalized clothing for individual boaters, clubs, and marinas. We offer quality custom branded clothing & gifts for any boat lover! From drinkware, tumblers, clothing, and coolers, we have a range of products for everyone, including youth apparel.
Women’s Apparel: $15-$200, Sitewide: $12-$525

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Easy Eddy Modular Paddle Board

The Easy Eddy Modular Paddle Board features an innovative three-piece patent pending design. This eliminates SUP storage and transportation issues, while the rigid joints and durable construction provide hard board performance. Additional features include front, rear and center handles, retractable fin and dry storage.

10’ 2in L x 32in W, 240L volume

Waterway Guide Great Lakes

The indispensable cruising companion for boaters features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings, anchorages, and information on ports along the way. With Great Lakes specific versions, you can explore the waters with confidence and ease!
Great Lakes Volumes: $39.95/ea

Under $50!

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The Critter Kromer

Now your four-legged friends can have a Stormy Kromer cap of their very own. We switched out the wool blend for soft polyester fleece, and replaced the pull-down earband with cute little ear holes. The adjustable paracord strap will keep it secure on all your adventures. In 2 colors.

The Original Stormy Kromer Cap

There’s a reason this cap is legendary. The wool blend resists the elements and the flannel lining helps keep you warm all winter. The ingenious pull-down earband and the six-panel construction keeps the cap where it belongs. No wonder it’s lasted more than a century. In 13 colors.


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“River Entertaining: Food and Drink Ideas for Boaters in the Thousand Islands”

A collection of simple food and drink ideas for boaters - with a Thousand Islands twist. Minimal ingredients, minimal preparation, MAXIMUM flavor! A must-have for any boater that enjoys entertaining on their boat.

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Good Luck Fishermen

This board book introduces young children to fishing while promoting spending time outdoors. Your little angler will read along as fishermen try their luck at catching a variety of game fish. Buyers beware: your children will be ready to go fishing after the turn of the last page!

For kids!

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Gill’s Knit Fleece Gloves

Gill Marine has long been considered the leading glove brand in sailing. Their latest knit fleece glove offers the usual quality in terms of comfort and performance, and includes a conductive fingertip for touch-screen devices, a protective palm overlay and stretch binding at the cuff for improved fit and comfort.

Under $50!

The Petal Pusher Cap

When Petal Pusher Cap was introduced, it became an instant classic. We think it’s because women value the warmth, fit, comfort and durability of the wool blend, flannel-lined Original, but they’re also not afraid to rock a little flair. In 5 colors.

Under $50!

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BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership

Instead of giving socks to your favorite boater, give the gift of 24/7 on-water assistance. Your loved one will never have to pay out of pocket for a covered tow back to the dock or for a soft ungrounding. A subscription to BoatUS Magazine & exclusive member savings are also included.
Freshwater $85/year (Saltwater $159/year)

“Perils of the Freshwater Seas”

The late Capt. Fred Davis responded to over 500 calls for assistance on Lake Huron, taught boating safety classes, and received a life-saving commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard. Now, you can read 18 exciting tales of rescue, and fulfill his wish to help all boaters learn how to safely navigate their vessels.

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Gill’s 25-liter Transit Backpack

Gill’s stylish new 25-liter backpack, which comes in black or blue, is perfect for any adventure on or off the water. The all-purpose bag includes a tough, waterproof tarpaulin fabric for added protection. Features include padded back system, grab handle, two external bottle pockets, and internal zippered security pockets.

Waterproof Marine Stereo MP6, by Aquatic AV

The MP6 is a waterproof shallow mount marine stereo, ideal for installations with limited depth in your dash or panel space. Supports bluetooth audio, USB, MP3, and more. 288W amplifier powers up to eight speakers or a combination of speakers and subwoofers. Comes with two year warranty.

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SeaSucker Cold Wheels

Add mobility to any smooth-sided cooler with wheels that mount in seconds. No drilling holes, quickly removable, and can securely support up to 200lbs. Rutted, uneven terrain is no match for these 7” wheels with sealed ball bearings; get years of maintenance-free use. Made in the USA.

DockEZ Utility Dock Hanger

Help prevent the risk of electric shock drowning by securing your shore power cords, eliminate trip hazards & organize your dock slip. Cords remain accessible at a moment’s notice, yet secure enough for you to leave worries behind. Easily install, drop in your cords, done! Made of sturdy aluminum, lasts a lifetime!


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The Woolover for Him

The quarter-zip is fashionable and the wool blend fabric is a perfect weight — and it washes beautifully. Think about stocking up with one of each color…this best-seller is bound to be your new favorite. In 3 colors.


Anchor Valet

An all in one anchor and fender tender providing convenient and safe storage with quick access, to anchoring & docking supplies. Hang ropes, secure fishing nets or paddles, and more. Available in a 6” x 20” x 24” and 6” x 20” x 30” size. Made in the USA. (Accessories not included.)
24”: $280
30”: $295


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"The Death and Life of the Great Lakes"

The Lakes are under threat as never before. Explore prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.
Paperback: $13.44; Hardcover: $20.36


Great Lakes Proud

The Great Lakes contain nearly 20% of the world’s freshwater and their size is only dwarfed by their collective beauty. If you love our Great Lakes, you can display that pride through a variety of decals. Ranging in color, style and size, these are an easy, quick way to make a statement.
Decals: $2.99-$14.99; Sitewide: $2.99-$49.99

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Marinalife Cruising Club Membership

Travel further while saving more! Receive an annual subscription to Marinalife Magazine (4 issues), plus member discounts at hundreds of marinas and retailers. Membership includes a free boat show ticket and exclusive discounts when booking hotels, rental cars, and flights through Priceline Partner Network. Join the club and GET CRUISIN’!

Save $7 with code: SBHoliday19

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Subscription

All the newest and most relevant information on products, services, resources, and topics that any Great Lakes boater could ask for. Send a subscription to family or friends to keep boating front of mind all year long. Six issues produced annually.
$15 USD or $20 CAD per year

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tags: Clothing & Shoes, Electronics, Gift Ideas, Paddleboards, Water Toys, Accessories, Boat Club, Books & Charts, Cleaners

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