What do you get the boating angler who has everything? Well, we’d like to challenge the notion that they have “everything,” because they don’t have everything on this list.
Here are 10 valuable marine electronics and accessory items that can make great holiday gifts for your boating and fishing friend.
FLIR M100 and M200 Thermal Cameras
The FLIR M100 and M200 compact pan-and-tilt marine thermal cameras are great gifts for boating anglers who venture out at night. Both cameras feature the advanced FLIR Boson high-performance thermal core for superior video image quality. These thermal cameras offer the ClearCruise alert system when combined with a Raymarine Axiom multifunction display. ClearCruise thermal analytics visually and audibly warn you when a possible hazard is detected, so you don’t constantly stare at the video while underway.
Fusion Signature Series 8.8-Inch Speakers
Boating anglers will love listening to holiday music with Fusion Signature Series 8.8-inch speakers. These combine Curv Cone composite technology with a silk dome tweeter and fully sealed crossover components create a smooth upper frequency response and higher output. The 8.8-inch-diameter speakers feature a dual-color diffused LED lighting option that illuminates in either striking blue or sparkling white based on the polarity of the wiring. They carry a three-year warranty and are available in Sports White or Sports Chrome.
Garmin Virb 360 video camera
Give the angler in your life the Garmin Virb 360, a waterproof 360-degree camera that captures video up to 5.7K/30fps. It features 4K Spherical Stabilization and four built-in microphones, and provides owners with customizable data overlays. Garmin’s free downloadable Virb app and desktop software lets you edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays tovideo content. Voice control allows for start and stop video. Still photo modes include single capture, burst and time lapse. With the Virb 360 live-stream capabilities, you can also post to YouTube or Facebook Live.
Icom M605 VHF Fixed-Mount Transceiver
The Icom M605 VHF fixed-mount transceiver is the ultimate gift for a boater. It features a color display for optimal viewing under any lighting condition. A large 4.3-inch color TFT LCD display provides nearly a 180-degree viewing along with high-resolution characters. The night mode screen provides comfortable operation in the dark. The M605 lets you set up the radio with as many as three stations using the main unit and two remote CommandMics. The NMEA-2000-compatible M605 includes a GPS receiver and is also available with an integrated AIS receiver.
iNavX marine navigation app
The iNavX marine navigation app now works in conjunction with Navionics charts. Navionics charts are available in the iNavX In-App Chart Store, which represents an industry first. This is the only independent navigation app to offer Navionics charts. Currently available through the AppStore for iOS devices only, iNavX allows boaters to use a full-featured navigation system on iPhones and iPads, even when no cell service is available. The app uses the mobile device’s built-in GPS. It can serve as backup in case a main navigation system fails.
Raymarine Axiom Pro
The angler in your family will love getting Raymarine Axiom Pro. Available with 9-, 12- and 16-inch screens, the new line boasts additional features such as Raymarine’s HybridTouch that combines touch-screen controls with a keypad. RealVision 3D sonar is built in to all models. Axiom Pro is available with a 1,000-watt chirp sonar. In-plane switching display technology maximizes viewing angles and reduces blackouts when wearing polarized glasses. A quad-core processor delivers super-fast response times.
Any boater will appreciate the Rokk Charge+ from ScanStrut provides two USB Type-A ports with unique locking spray shield that keeps water out even while charging. The socket fits in the same size hole as a conventional 12-volt DC charging port, so it’s easy to install. With an anti-corrosion coating on the circuit board, it charges phones, tablets and other mobile devices three times faster than standard USB port, says ScanStrut. The low-profile click-and-lock cover features stainless steel hardware and aligns two charging cables when closed.
Seapilot navigation app
The Seapilot navigation app and premium subscription service for iOS and Android mobile devices features detailed charts, auto-routing, wireless connectivity with onboard AIS receivers, automatic updates of preferred chart data, a Social Boating function and real-time marine weather forecasts. Depth data is also available for Android users. The Seapilot app displays the current position course and speed vectors for AIS targets The customizable display has settings for day, dawn/dusk and night, and the orientation can be changed between North-Up and Heads-Up views, all in high definition.
Siren Marine’s MTC boat monitoring system
Siren Marine’s MTC boat monitoring system offers around-the-clock vessel security via iOS and Android apps, a gift that will be greatly appreciated by all boat owners. It provides easy-to-install wireless and wired sensors to monitor elements ranging from battery banks, high bilge water and shore power-outages to anchor watch, fridge temperature, burglary and boat theft. It also lets you remotely control lights, air conditioning and battery switches from a smartphone or computer.
Standard Horizon HX210 handheld VHF
The compact and affordable Standard Horizon HX210 handheld VHF radio serves as a great holiday gift. This is a great backup radio in case your main VHF become inoperable or you need to go ashore in a remote port. For emergency use, the HX210 floats, offers an IPX7 submersible waterproof rating (one meter for 30 minutes), and features a water-activated strobe light. This handheld also boasts a high-resolution dot-matrix LCD display, selectable output power (6-, 2.5- and 1-watt), and a high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery. With a programmable function keys, the HX210 receives and transmits on all US, International, and Canadian channels, and also has NOAA weather radio service. It comes with 3-year waterproof warranty.