Christmas Gift Ideas for the Would-be Boat Owner

Hi everyone, as Christmas quickly approaches, I thought I would help all of you out by providing some  “boaty” Christmas gift ideas.  Oh, you know just in case you were looking for a gift for a beloved boater in your family.

Actually, I’m not seriously suggesting that you should get these for us, so go ahead and put your wallet away 🙂

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  • A survival suit.  With one of these puppies, we could fall overboard, and bob around happily until help arrives. 
  • Drogue see my earlier post in which I discuss this wonderful device: https://boatlady.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/transatlantic-crossings-part-i/
  • Lounge wear – you know, so your boat friend can lounge around on the boat.  I know that’s what I’ll be doing.
  • Fancy glasses – that is drink glasses, not eyeglasses.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen – for those among you that like to give practical gifts. 
  • Earplugs – “Why?”, you ask.  To drown out the moaning of the skipper’s seasick companion.
  • T-shirts (Mine sould read skipper, and hubby’s should read Crew).  Oh ho, wouldn’t that be fun on Christmas morning.
  • Gravol &/or motion sickness relief band.  For obvious reasons.
  • Marine GPS – so we don’t get lost on the way to visit you.
  • Weather walkie-talkie – oh yeah – I’ve seen one of these.  It gives off an alarm whenever there’s a nearby weather warning.
  • Not a cat.  Just in case you thought cats and boats go together.  And besides, we already have one.
  • A yacht.  Go ahead and get your wallet out again.  We’ll take this one. 

    image from http://www.bostonyacht.com

Have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone!

Top 10 Boating Songs

… and Row, Row, Row Your Boat isn’t one of them.

I thought, for fun, I’d share with you my all time favorite top 10 boating songs…  So, without further ado, here they are in reverse order:

10.  Six Months in a Leaky Boat by Split Enz

9.  Sail Away by Enya

8. Captain of Her Heart by Double

7. Brandy by Looking Glass

6. Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

5. Sailing by Christopher Cross

4. Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

3. The Last Farewell by Roger Whittaker (yes, that’s right)

2. Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash

and the winner is!!! …

1. La Mer by Charles Trenet.  And I’ve included a link to the winning song, in case you’re not familiar with it…La Mer

I would like to qualify this list by saying that not all songs were chosen based on their artistic merit.  Some I included for nostalgic reasons.  For example, I had to include Six Months in a Leaky Boat after seeing Split Enz perform the song live in concert – they were so energetic (and dressed like sailors!).  How could I not?

Anyway, that’s me … what are your top 10?