This may sound corny but the best gift that I got when we left in '84 (and I still have it) was a picture of my friend and I standing on the dock
, on the day that we left (he's dead now). It hangs in my livingroom today some 25 years later. What a treasure.
I can tell you what NOT to get him......
Don't get him one of those GPS
for the car things. My wife got me one for Christmas
. It's sitting in my glove box. It's almost an insult to someone that can navigate on the high seas with a sextant
, a chart and no road signs.
Don't get me wrong....GPS is a great tool and I used them. Just spare me from the car ones. A small handheld (marine) GPS
spare would be nice, with a note saying, "I hope you never need this". They're under a $100
and it would show that you've done your homework and care for them. No sailor should have less than 2 spare GPSs.
Keep it simple and keep it small. I would also not recommend trying to decorate the skipper's boat for him. It might make him feel bad for not hanging it. If he wanted it on his bulkhead, it would be there already.