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Gifts for Sailors

2023 November 1

SAILING’s editors pick their favorite gifts ideas sailors of all stripes

Solar-powered smartwatch


GPS smartwatches are great for sailors, and this one uses solar charging to make it easier to use battery-draining functions onboard without having to reach for a charger. The Quatix 7x Solar Edition smart watch works with Garmin chartplotters and other devices to offer autopilot control, tide data, SailAssist for timing starts and Tack Assist along with many other sailing-friendly functions. $1,099, www.garmin.com

Just-right foul weather jackets


Gill’s OS3 Coastal Jackets hit that sweet spot between heavy-duty offshore gear and super lightweight gear that might not cut it in some conditions. The jackets are waterproof, breathable, stain and odor resistant and have a hidden high-visibility hood, high thermal collar and adjustable cuffs with inner seals in styles for men and women. $260, www.gillmarine.com

Distinctive steering


Snazz up a small boat sailor’s kit with a colorful carbon fiber tiller extension with a molded-in grip. Barton Marine’s new tiller extensions come in blue, ruby red, black with gold weave and hot pink and lengths of 975, 1,250 and 2,500 millimeter. They are Laser and ILCA class legal and appropriate for most dinghy classes including RS Aero, 49ers and more. Starting at $150, www.bartonmarine.com

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