Not sure what to get for your boat loving family this holiday season? Check out our list for some ideas.
Dry Case– For all your tech waterproofing needs. If you’ve ever worried about your digital devices getting wet but can’t bear to part with them then Dry Case may be your solution. They offer a multitude of case types for all of your tech devices. They also have waterproof speakers so you can take your jams wherever you want.
Grundens– As for the humans, Grundens offers some of the best waterproof clothes so that you can be in the middle of the ocean during a storm and still stay dry.
Lemon and Line– Lemon and Line offers a cute collection of bracelets and accessories with a nautical theme. The jewelry is simple and sophisticated making them perfect for daily wear.
Sperry– The quintessential boat shoe. Everyone knows and loves Sperry, so give the gift of comfort and non-slip soles. They have an ever-changing inventory to fit all sorts of styles.
Reef– Reefs are great for a day on the beach or a warm summer night. Your friend might not be able to break them out on Christmas day, but they will love them come the warmer months. Added bonus is the built-in bottle opener on the soles of many of their shoes.
Sebago– For a versatile and classic East Coast vibe give them Sebagos. They offer multiple style options great for whatever kind of adventurer your loved one is.
Mustang Survival– Has your significant other’s life jacket seen better days? Check out Mustang Survival’s options and replace the one that’s been around since 1998. They even have lightweight inflatable options.
GoPro– The perfect camera for all sportsmen. Get great pictures and video from a small camera that can go anywhere with you. It’s rugged design and shell options make it a great accessory for any type of adventure.
Georgetown Pottery– These tide clocks have a lot of different designs so that they will fit whatever space you want to put them in. They subtly tell the tide so you can always be ready for the best boating.
Magma Products– What summer day on the water is complete without a barbeque? These barbeques are specially designed to fit your boat without taking up to much space. A barbeque on the boat opens up so many more boat food options!
Kurgo– Don’t forget your furry friends! From life jackets to dog toys Kurgo offers a little bit of everything your dog could want or need.
Adventures to sea just aren’t the same when you have to leave your favorite companion on land. People are able to take their dogs when they travel by car so why not when you travel by boat? Boating with your dog isn’t as challenging as you would think. With a few tips, lots of patience, and the right attitude you can learn to bring your furry first mate aboard.
Although your dog may be an excellent swimmer it is always a good idea to have them wear a life jacket. As you well know, conditions on the water can change quickly. Your dog may also panic making it even more difficult to keep them above water or get them back to the boat. A bright colored life jacket with a handle will help immensely when trying to locate your dog and hoist them back into the boat.
You may be surrounded by it, but chances are you shouldn’t let your dog drink it. Make sure you have plenty of clean, cool water on board for your dog to drink. Dogs also need water to keep themselves cool, so it is especially important on hot summer days.
You will need to get your boat as “dog-proof” as possible. Get things put away and try to keep fishing bait out of reach. The last thing you want is to be busy steering the boat and come back to find your dog has gotten into something.
Short-haired dogs can actually get sunburned. It is always a good idea to protect them from the sun just like you would any other shipmate. Make sure they have access to shade and use a low SPF (15) sunscreen on them. Sprays are easiest to apply, but find something that is unscented to avoid irritating your dog.
This may be the most complicated of all the tips. It will require planning and training before hand. Unless you want to travel to shore every time your dog needs to do their business you will need to designate a spot on the boat or a litter box for your dog to use. Potty training is always a chore and trying to re-train them to go where you want them on a boat will require some patience. There are many ideas on how to handle the dog+potty+boat problem online. I would suggest some research and find a method that suits both you and your dog.
Remember that you know your dog best. Not all dogs are happy being on a boat and you should use your best judgement when bringing them aboard. You should also ensure your dog has proper identification on them both on and off land. Many mishaps can be prevented with a little planning. With a few steps and a little research boating with your four-legged friends can be a great experience.
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