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Old 19-10-2015, 10:18   #1
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help me!

Hello sailing experts,

I need your help!
I'm looking for a great birthday present for a boyfriend crazy about sailing (boat owner), who recently got also into dinghy sailing.
Budget is between 200-400. Is there anything on the market - electronic gadget perhaps? - that could appeal to a sailing nerd?

Many thanks for your help!

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Old 19-10-2015, 10:21   #2
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Portable gps maybe, wetsuit, good sunglasses
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Old 19-10-2015, 10:37   #3
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inflatable life jacket and harness
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Old 19-10-2015, 12:43   #4
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Might be slightly out of budget, but he'll love you for it

Marine Watch + GPS Navigator | Garmin quatix.

And if that's too expensive, get him this instead so he can track his speed because every sailor wants to go faster:

SpeedPuck - Velocitek

Then, simplest, if he races a Ronstan Clear Watch will give him count downs for the starting line:

CLEARSTART Sailing Watches and Race Timer | Ronstan Sailboat Hardware World
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Marilu.
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Old 20-10-2015, 07:15   #6
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Portable gps maybe, wetsuit, good sunglasses
Thanks, he got already wetsuit and sunglasses, I guess a gps could be a good idea to explore
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inflatable life jacket and harness
Thanks for the suggestion, but he got both already
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Might be slightly out of budget, but he'll love you for it

Marine Watch + GPS Navigator | Garmin quatix.

And if that's too expensive, get him this instead so he can track his speed because every sailor wants to go faster:

SpeedPuck - Velocitek

Then, simplest, if he races a Ronstan Clear Watch will give him count downs for the starting line:

CLEARSTART Sailing Watches and Race Timer | Ronstan Sailboat Hardware World

The watch with gps navigator is a great idea! Thanks for the link, I would not have known where to start from!!
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Re: help me!

A nice rigging knife. Get advice from friends or vendors.
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Old 20-10-2015, 09:07   #10
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Standard Horizon HX870 Floating 6W Handheld VHF with Internal GPS,

So he can call for help AND know where he is! I have one, it has come in handy. Not that I need to call for help... very often....
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Re: help me!

Perhaps try to gently probe what HE thinks he needs most. Nearly always a sailor will have that one more thing that would make them happy/-ier.

You can make up a date in the chandlery, then pretend you are a bit late to watch carefully which stand had him entertained while he was pondering if your being late implied he needed a new gf ...

My birthday is in December and I would love a pair of goretex overalls, warm sailing gloves (if I am in the UK), quality polarized shades (if I am in Florida) ... a ticket to a boat show perhaps, etc. Level: EASY.

Your bf is a lucky guy! I hope he knows it!

Have fun shopping and giving, and all the best to your bf on his birthday!

Cheers,
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drysuit. (if he is dingy sailing in cold water)
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A nice rigging knife. Get advice from friends or vendors.
Nice idea, thanks!
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Standard Horizon HX870 Floating 6W Handheld VHF with Internal GPS,

So he can call for help AND know where he is! I have one, it has come in handy. Not that I need to call for help... very often....
Thanks, very wise )
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Perhaps try to gently probe what HE thinks he needs most. Nearly always a sailor will have that one more thing that would make them happy/-ier.

You can make up a date in the chandlery, then pretend you are a bit late to watch carefully which stand had him entertained while he was pondering if your being late implied he needed a new gf ...

My birthday is in December and I would love a pair of goretex overalls, warm sailing gloves (if I am in the UK), quality polarized shades (if I am in Florida) ... a ticket to a boat show perhaps, etc. Level: EASY.

Your bf is a lucky guy! I hope he knows it!

Have fun shopping and giving, and all the best to your bf on his birthday!

Cheers,
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Ahah, thanks very much, that sounds like a very well thought plan )
PS. Sailing gloves are a nice idea, we're not based in Florida :'(
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