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The Knot Makers Coffee Mug

The Knot Mug is a great way to learn 8 of the most useful sailors knots. Comes with two color coordinated ropes to begin practicing right away. Handle is a traditional cleat so you can learn the Cleat Hitch (the handle makes a good spot to tie off while you practice your skills). The handle is surprisingly comfortable too. A great nautical gift useful for daily coffee or tea. 12 ounce size. Dishwasher safe. Find it at Amazon…


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Handsome Nautical Cabinets

Looking to add handsome nautical flavor to your kitchen, bath, workshop or bedroom? Consider the look of brass boat cleats. Shown on these boathouse cabinets are the Seadog 5” Brass Closed Cleats by Perkos mounted on redwood. Brass is not an inexpensive option, but the look when polished on wood is hard to beat. Cleats sold by the pair. Find it at Amazon…

Sea Eagle II

At 81 meters in length, with aluminum hull construction, plumb bow and clean lines make the Sea Eagle II a remarkable super yacht. In fact, this is the longest aluminum sailing yacht ever built. Check out the video at 8 minutes in length.

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The Handmade Lobster Rope Mat

A few years back the government banned float rope because of whale entanglement issues, forcing lobstermen to make a switch to a different kind of rope (sink rope). This resulted in an abundance of used float rope that was headed for a landfill. The New England Trading Company turns this flat rope into usable products, like these ruggedly handsome entry mats. Doing good by recycling old rope is a noble goal. Support a good cause and Maine lobsterman. Find it at…

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The Best Cooler Out There

The Yeti Tundra 35 is the perfect sized cooler for us. We use it on the boat, on the back deck and for overflow during holidays. On the water it fits 2 six packs, sandwiches, snacks and a good amount of ice. Since it’s a Yeti, everything stays cold (ice lasts over 3 days at 80 degrees). The size is perfect for one person to carry, it’s 21” wide and 15” tall and there are 2 rope handles on each end. Includes T-Rex latches, dry goods rack and built-in drain plug. Expensive but worth it! Find it at Amazon…

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The Best Binoculars for Sailing

Captains and mariners agree, Fuji Techno-Stabi High Power Image-Stabilized Binoculars are invaluable, rugged, and reliable. “You really can look at the moon in rough seas and see individual craters.” -Editor Dual piezo-vibration sensors and gyro position sensors, computer linked to direct drive motors, help lock on to subjects, even if you and the subject are in motion. Instant stabilization – no lost time waiting for a gyro to “spool up.” Phase-coated roof prisms for sharper, more highly defined images with greater contrast. 100% waterproof, fog-proof, dry nitrogen purged. Editor’s Choice. Find it at amazon…

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The Hammerhead Wine Opener

The Umbra Hammerhead Bottle & Wine Opener is both art and functional utility in one. The handsome chrome opener looks like a sculpture on the counter but also serves two purposes – the removable head is a classic corkscrew wine opener and the mouth opens pop-top bottles! This makes a great gift for the boater, sailor or ocean lover in your life. Find it at Amazon…

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Classic Nautical Silk Tie

John Williams makes a good tie at a price that won’t make you feel guilty.  If the boat rocks and she accidentally spills her wine (while you rescue her from falling overboard) or the sea spray inadvertently comes over the bow (and drenches you both) you don’t need to fret about a prissy $200 tie. There’s the old saying – the ocean is unpredictable. This classic sailing man’s tie comes in a handsome sheen of blue and white, features a desirable but understated nautical flair, and is 100% pure silk (extremely soft) and is sewn by hand. Find it at Amazon…

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The Wallet Made of Sailcloth

Looking for a great gift for a sailor or boat lover? The Sailor Bags Wallet is lightweight, folds thin, takes a beating, and can be thrown in the wash when it gets dirty – how many wallets can you do that with? It is so tough it is guaranteed for life. White, dark blue with a stylish light blue interior. We just ordered one and two things to note, the interior of ours was gray and it is made in China, not USA. It is made of real sailcloth but not recycled sails. Find it at Amazon…

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The Wine Glass for Sailors

Summit Insulated Wine Glasses keep your wine cold out on the boat – or anywhere.Unbreakable stemless 18/8 stainless steel, stylish, colorful with awesome leakproof lids included. Surprise, these are actually light weight, not bulky, and the BPA-free lids are comfortable for sipping andthey keep bugs and bees out too. Hint: we prefer the larger 12 ounce size. Sold in packs of two. A great gift for the boater in your life (but you’ll want to keep them for yourself.) Find it at Amazon…

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American Flag Needlepoint Hat

The Smathers & Branson America Hat may be the most well made cap you will ever own (plus it’s a great way to proudly show your support). 100% hand-stitched needlepoint American flag is on the front panel, ventilation holes in each panel to keep you cool and comfortable, rich blue color. Experience the quality of skilled artisans and unmatched style with a hand-stitched hat by Smathers & Branson. Find it at Amazon…

Our Favorite Waterproof Speaker

Our Favorite Waterproof Speaker

For the money, The JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker is as good as it gets for the boater. The sound quality is great, bass is good, charge lasts a long time, bluetooth pairing is easy (unlike some others), plus it’s Ipx7 waterproof and rugged. We liked it so much we just picked up a spare and the stereo function works really well. It also features a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for crystal clear phone calls. Around the boat, these little speakers can take a beating – we store ours in the boat’s cup holder and have dropped it many times with no issues. Available in multiple colors, but we chose white to reduce heat from the sun and to match our boat. If you’re on the fence, try one, you won’t regret it. It’s a great value with many uses… yard, camp, workshop, kayak, pool. Find it at Amazon…

Surface to Air

If you love America’s Cup then you’ll enjoy this short video about the 35th race where the home base was Bermuda. The team, tools and technology are incredible and quite impressive. You’ll also gain some insight into the complex systems and strategies that must to be in place for a successful race.


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2019 Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife

There is something about a classic pocket knife. My dad always carried one. Now I carry one and I like to give them as gifts too. This Limited Edition 2019 Victorinox is close to perfect. It’s slimmer than usual with the 3 most useful tools, has a handsome grippy pattern on the sides and the gold anodized finish looks timeless (and much more expensive than the cost).  Length closed is about the same as a business card. Comes in special collectors box. Find it at Amazon…

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The Perfect Gift for a Sailor

The 17” Mystic Knotwork Sailor Knot Wreath is a handsome and versatile gift for the sailor or boater. It can be hung year round, dressed up for the holidays or laid flat as a table centerpiece with vase of flowers. Perfect gift for the lake house, beach house or ocean condo. If you’re not familiar with Mystic Knotwork, they are an award-wining U.S. company located in Mystic, Connecticut (the same famous nautical town from the movie Mystic Pizza). Each wreath is handmade from 44 feet of manilla rope. Limited quantities available. Find it at Amazon…

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