Stocking Stuffers for Boaters

Let’s face it, one of the only things that gets many of us through the cold winter months is dreaming about all the fun we can have fishing, cruising and sailing on our boats when the spring thaw finally kicks in. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an area with year-round boating and fishing, there’s nothing more exciting than having Santa bring you some new “toys” to play with.

2181548With this in mind, the experts at The GPS Store have selected a collection of marine electronics and boating products sure to put a smile on every boater’s face this Christmas morning. These products are all small enough and affordable enough to fit perfectly in your favorite boater’s stocking (or boot!). Some are high-tech; others are perfectly practical. Yet they all can make the boater on your list happy all season long.

Garmin VIRB Elite
Ruggedized outdoor cameras are hot right now, and Garmin’s newest entry is perfect for boaters and fishermen. Mount the IPX7 waterproof VIRB Elite in your cockpit to capture fishing action in HD 1080P video, or put it on a net, gaff or extension pole to record exciting high-def underwater video or photos. Super easy to use, the VIRB Elite includes a built-in GPS and accelerometer and can use a range of available accessory mounts for all kinds of outdoor action. ($249.95 through

Bad Elf GPS
As if the name alone didn’t make this a great Christmas gift, the Bad Elf GPS with Lightning Connector turns compatible iPhone and iPad devices into workhorse navigation machines. This tiny 66-channel GPS/GLONASS receiver plugs into devices and provides fast, accurate positioning data for marine navigation apps, vehicle navigation, running, cycling, geocaching and more. With its two-second acquisition and 2.5 meter accuracy, Bad Elf provides superior position data compared to onboard assisted GPS in Apple devices. 
($99.95 through

Garmin GPSMAP 78SC Marine Handheld GPS
What boater wouldn’t love to see this poking out of his stocking? This waterproof, floating handheld GPS is made for boaters, with pre-loaded Americas BlueChart cartography, 20-hour battery life, molded rubber side grips and powerful navigation features. Great as a back-up for onboard navigation systems or to keep in a ditch bag for emergencies. With the ability to accept MapSource software and City Navigator for turn-by-turn routing on roads and topo maps, the GPSMAP 78SC is also a versatile all-around performer.
($289.95 through

ACR ResQLink+ Floating Personal Locator Beacon

The gift of safety is a gift of love – and the ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon might just help bring your loved ones home safe in an emergency. With the push of a button, this waterproof, floating PLB sends out a distress alert and accurate position data to a worldwide network of Search and Rescue satellites, and then guides rescuers to within 100 meters or less. A great item for every boater’s ditch bag, it can also be a life saver for hikers, climbers and other land-based adventurers. 
($249.95 through

Pelican 1910 LED Flashlight
A good flashlight is something every boater – and every person – needs. Don’t let the Pelican 1910’s small size fool you (3.6″ long and 1.4 ounces with AAA battery), its long-lasting bright-white LED provides plenty of illumination for tying knots, poking around engine rooms, digging through dry storage lockers, and a host of other onboard duties. With its rugged Type II anodized aluminum body, On/Off/Momentary push-button tail switch and durable high-carbon steel pocket clip, this is the perfect “personal light” for boaters. 
($19.95 through

Steiner 7X50 Marine Binoculars
OK, you might need a really big stocking to fit these, but any boater who’s been extra nice this year will certainly appreciate these waterproof, shockproof binoculars from world optics leader Steiner. The 7X50 magnification is ideal for marine use, whether it’s scanning the horizon for birds, spotting tailing marlin or getting a “sneak peak” at an unfamiliar inlet. German-made, these quality glasses provide more than 90% peak light transmission, long 20mm eye relief for full field of view with eyeglasses or sunglasses, and feature rugged black rubber armor for protection against butterfingered boaters.
($249.95 through

Icom M92D Handheld Marine VHF
With its waterproof, floating, flashing design and built-in GPS, this rugged handheld is a great addition to any boater’s emergency ditch bag. With its exclusive noise-cancelling technology and built in Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capabilities, the Icom M92D is also up to the task as a boat’s primary VHF communication system. In the event the radio gets splashed or dunked, Icom’s unique AquaQuak feature sheds water that could muffle incoming or outgoing communications. 
($239.95 through

Wrapping it Up
If there’s a boater on your Holiday gift list this season, you can bring joy to his or her world with any of these cool, affordable stocking stuffers. You can get much more information on these products – and a wide range of other great marine electronics and boating gifts – by speaking with the experts at The GPS Store at (800) 477-2611 or visiting They know what makes boaters happy! 

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