Here are half a dozen gift ideas for the nautical father or father figure in your life.
Need a good card for Dad? check out this great Kraken card from Love Pop Cards. Perfect for waxing poetic or a good Kraken related dad joke.

Need a good card for Dad? check out this great Kraken card from Love Pop Cards. Perfect for waxing poetic or a good Kraken related dad joke.

Father's Day is right around the corner (June 16th if this created a mild panic). And we came up with some gift ideas for the Dad-boater in your life. Here are six gifts we think will make your father smile and think of you when he is at sea. To really make Dad's day, spend the day on the boat with him, mix him is favorite drink, and present him with one of these gifts.

Weems & Plath Brass Yacht Lamp with Stainless Steel Bonnet

Styled after a traditional miner’s lamp, Weems & Plath’s newest brass yacht lamp is perfect for use on boats or on the porches of coastal retreats.

Weems & Plath Brass Yacht Lamp, $208.

Weems & Plath Brass Yacht Lamp, $208.

The Brass Yacht Lamp with Stainless Steel Bonnet is solid brass with a stainless steel upper body. It is styled after a traditional miner’s lamp. The design includes venting holes at the top of the bonnet and a mesh screen inside that disperses gas from the flame, avoiding the risk of gas build up, a feature crucial to early miners who were at risk of experiencing explosions in airless underground tunnels. This feature makes it perfect for use on boats or on the porches of coastal retreats. The glass enclosed flame cannot be extinguished by even hurricane-force winds as long as the fuel source remains. This safe and reliable lamp is individually-numbered and can stand independently on a table or mounted to a wall or boat bulkhead with one of two mounting options: a brass wall hook, or a brass or chrome gimbal mount which ensures the lamp sways securely while underway (sold separately).

$208, weems-plath.com

Astra III Professional Sextant

With its low cost, high accuracy and excellent handling qualities, the Astra III Professional Sextant is the gold standard for the experienced yachtsman with a penchant for the traditional.

Astra III Professional Sextant, $875

Astra III Professional Sextant, $875

Just as the Astra IIIB Deluxe sextant has become world famous as the premier low-cost metal sextant, the Astra III Professional sextant with its low cost, high accuracy, and excellent handling qualities is destined to be the standard for professional seamen. Its construction is similar to the Tamaya sextants in that it has a bronze arc fused to an aluminum frame. The bronze arc can be manufactured to a higher tolerance than aluminum, which gives the sextant higher accuracy. At the same time the aluminum frame keeps the over-all weight low enough that fatigue is not a problem as with a solid bronze or brass sextant. Nevertheless, the additional weight of the bronze arc adds about 8 oz. and gives the instrument an excellent balance and “heft.”

$875, celestaire.com

Yeti Tocayo 26 Backpack

This bomb-proof backpack is sure to become your go-to boat and travel bag, just ask Passagemaker Art Director, Jonathan Cooper, he no longer leaves home without it.

The Yeti Tocayo 26 Backpack in Tan (also available in Black).

The Yeti Tocayo 26 Backpack in Tan (also available in Black).

It seems like overnight Yeti has built an impermeable reputation for quality. From the zippers, stitching, and lining reinforcement on fabric goods, to the bomb-proof strength of roto-molded, heavy-duty coolers, Yeti’s reputation precedes itself. The new Tocayo 26 backpack is a manageable size, with a volume totaling 26 liters (nearly 7 gallons), and sporting a waterproof outer shell, the backpack is comfortable and versatile. The back and straps are padded for comfort, and the inside includes pockets that are equally adept at carrying your camera lenses as they are holding your collection of Yeti Rambler mugs or a laptop computer and accessories. In my testing for the past month, the tan bag does pick up dirt fairly easily, so I would opt for black or a fresh can of Scotchgard for an extra layer of filth protection.

$249, Yeti.com

GoPro Hero 7 Black

If your Dad likes to document  life aboard, this is a must have camera for photos and video.

The new GoPro Hero 7 Black

The new GoPro Hero 7 Black

The GoPro Hero 7 Black is a must have for the action photographer. It offers great camera  performance shooting in 4k at 60fps as well as offering in-camera video stabilization that many reviews refer to as, gimbal-killing smooth. With a wide variety of both photo and video options it is the perfect action camera for the camera enthusiast and the point and shoot user. The camera offers a viewfinder and touch screen on the back for easy navigation and has a simple user interface. Waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) its won't mind getting wet on the dock, and if you drop it overboard at the dock, you might be able to retrieve it in operational order. The camera offers HDR photography, wide angle as well as a cut down linear framing to cut down on the fish eye look. This is the camera  to have for onboard action whether it is fishing marlin, trekking up or down the coast, or just having a day out on the boat with the family.

$399, Gopro.com

Opinel No. 8 Carbon Pocket Knife

This knife belongs on every boat, in every tackle box, and in every pocket.

The flagship Opinel Knife, the No. 8.

The flagship Opinel Knife, the No. 8.

Looking for a gift that won't break the bank. You can never go wrong with an Opinel No. 8. It is a classic French knife that is a perfect work horse. Made of just 4 pieces (blade, handle, rivet, and collar) it has a unique collar that can be twisted to fix the knife blade. The carbon steel blades come with a great edge and hold it. This is the perfect boat knife for both cutting up an apple and perfectly filleting a fish. It is a steal for under $15 dollars and you won’t curse to harshly if you ever accidentally drop it overboard. 

$17.99, Opinel-USA.com

Nautical Cufflinks

These nautical cufflinks can be a statement piece for any boating father or a good way to remind dad of the relaxation that awaits once the weekend arrives.

Ships wheel cufflinks from Adamantine Suits.

Ships wheel cufflinks from Adamantine Suits.

Most of us can't spend all our time aboard our boats, but for those moments one must be away from the water to attend to more serious business these cufflinks offer an opportunity to bring the nautical  lifestyle along.  Adamantine Suit offers various nautically themed cufflinks to fit your father's personality and the occasion. The more whimsical Jolly Roger cufflinks are perfect for the Yacht Club or pick out a more classic ships wheel for your father to command the board room.

$15.99, adamantinesuits.com

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