15 Best Boating Gifts For Dad (For On Deck And At Home)

Every dad has his passions and hobbies outside of work, and for some dads, that passion is boating!

If your dad loves his boat or even works on a boat, then a related gift may be the perfect thing to buy for him.

Whether it’s for Father’s Day, Christmas, or his birthday, shopping for dads can be tricky.

Thankfully, I’ve found 15 fantastic boating gifts for dads who love to be out on the water.

15 Great Boating Gifts For Dad

1. Waterproof Boat Bag

RUNCL Waterproof Dry Bag, Durable Roll-Top Closure 10/20/30/40L Floating Dry Backpack with...
  • Waterproof Backpack: Waterproof heat-welded seam and a roll-top with a secure quick release buckle for waterproof. Suggest you to fill things in small cubes before putting in drying bag, which will...

Even if your father has spent most of his life on the ocean, he is still not immune from getting his belongings soaked in water. Help him protect his valuables with this handy waterproof roll-top backpack and matching waterproof phone case.

They come in a variety of colors to match his personal style and are made from polyester and PVC, and have an extra mesh stash pocket to separate wet items and allow them space to dry.

2. Boat Captain’s Hat

BESTOYARD Adult Yacht Boat Ship Sailor Captain Costume Hat Cap Navy Marine Admiral (White), As...
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: Characteristic and exquisite workmanship with captain design, the quintessential yacht captain's cap.

Sure, it’s a bit of a gag gift, but what dad doesn’t love a joke or two? This costume boat captain’s hat is a great way to entertain family and guests while they are all out on the boat, and honestly, it looks pretty good on!

Plus it lets him show everyone who’s boss. This boat captain’s hat is 100% cotton with a snapback hat and adjustable fit.

3. Nautical Cheese Board Set

PICNIC TIME TOSCANA - Mariner Cheese Board And Tool Set - Charcuterie Board Set - Wood Cutting Board...
  • NAUTICAL THEME - The Mariner Cheese Board and Tool Set by Toscana, a Picnic Time brand, is shaped like a ship's wheel. It's the wood cheese tray that will guide you to even better cocktail parties

Toscana has outdone themselves with this beautifully crafted and designed cheese board set, that any boat-bound father is sure to appreciate. After all, even a busy boatman needs snacks while he’s out on the water!

This nautical-themed cheeseboard is shaped like a ship’s wheel, with four fixed handles and four detachable stainless steel cheese knives and tools. This lovely serving set will be a lunch fixture on his boat in no time.

4. Brass Boat Compass

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  • The compass is a great gift for all travel friends, even for wedding parties, company foundations or other occasions where people enter a new life. They will always be on the right track in the future...

When he’s back on dry land, there’s no doubt your father needs something to remind him of his oceanic adventures. That’s where this sophisticated vintage-style boat compass comes in!

This high-quality brass and copper decorative compass will quickly become the centerpiece of dad’s study or man cave, and will no doubt draw attention and admirers (particularly from fellow boat owners) when he has guests or parties.

5. “I’m The Captain” Novelty Shirt

I'm The Captain, Assume I'm Right | Funny Boating Nautical Joke Boat Humor T-Shirt for Men...
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In case anyone needs reminding both on and off the boat, this shirt is a great way for dad to show everyone who’s boss… or should I say, who’s captain!

This funny novelty shirt reads “I’m the captain – to save time, let’s assume I’m always right” with a small anchor symbol underneath. These shirts are a cotton and polyester blend that are machine washable and come in three sizes.

6. The Ultimate Boat Tool

Boat Gadget - This 10-in-1 Boat Tool Includes Beer and Wine Bottle Opener, Safety Whistle, Fishing...
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Boat Gadget - This 10-in-1 Boat Tool Includes Beer and Wine Bottle Opener, Safety Whistle, Fishing...
  • The Only Boat Tool You'll Ever Need – Make your boating days even better with this ultimate 10-in-1 boat tool every boater needs. "It's the tools you've always needed, rolled in one handy gadget" to...

With this nifty gift, your boating dad is about to get the best tool he’s ever had! This 10-in-1 multi-tool boat gadget is the ultimate boat accessory, made by boaters, and for boaters to reduce clutter by joining many of the most important boat tools into one convenient package.

This tool includes a square drain plug wrench, survival whistle, deck boat gas cap key, flip top gas cap, flat top drain plug tool, canvas snap opener, fishing line cutter, and more.

7. Matching Captain & First Mate Caps

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  • 🚤 EMBROIDERED HATS | 100% Cotton Matching Captain & First Mate caps are directly embroidered across the front for a stunning companion look

What better way to tell dad you love him than with a matching gift you can both enjoy together?

When you’re out on the sea, these “captain” and “first mate” caps are the perfect thing to wear and will let everyone know that dad’s in charge. Both caps are 100% cotton with metal closure buckles and adjustable fit

8. Boat Cleaner Set

Boat Cleaner and Car Wash Sponges Non Scratch Microfiber Sponge Bucket & Microfiber Wash Cloths...
  • UNIVERSAL CLEANING BOAT & CAR WASH KIT: 6 pcs, including 1 huge Two Sided Chenille Mesh Sponge with Netting, 2 ultra soft Microfiber Sponges , 1 lint-free Microfiber Cleaning Cloth , 1 Three Gallon...

Even dad has to clean up sometimes, and this applies to his boat as much as the house. But this ultimate boat cleaning set will help make that process a little easier, as it has everything he needs to keep his pride and joy sparkling clean.

This boat cleaning kit comes with six different pieces that are made for applying boat soap and sealant. And when he’s back on land, he can use it for his car too!

9. Brass Sextant Tool

This next one is for the dad who takes boating very seriously. A sextant is used as a boating navigation tool but it can also be a lovely decorative piece for the home or home office.

This device is an antique-style boating instrument made of polished brass with an antique finish. Each sextant is 100% handmade in India.

10. High-Quality Sand Anchor

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  • ¡¾No more Drift away¡¿Can you accept a sand anchor won't hold your boat, let it drift away? Designed with 316 stainless steel screw auger and 34 inches length, Itayak boat sand anchor will reach...

Sometimes the most practical gifts are the best ones to give. If your boat-loving father prefers practical tools over decorative ones, the Itayak sand anchor might be the way to go.

This high-quality stainless steel anchor is perfect for shallow water, beaches, and sandbars, so your dad can stop at his favorite spots while keeping his beloved boat tethered.

The drill-style of the anchor makes it extra secure – it is also corrosion-resistant and can be used in even the most demanding conditions.

11. Portable Fish Finder

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  • ◆ Ice Fishing Design: It is an upgraded model of the most popular portable fish finder. We design an extra housing for the sonar transducer that could make the fish finder have better performance in...

Not everyone who has a boat wants to go fishing, but for those who do, you can’t go wrong with this portable fish finder. If dad likes to take his boat out for impromptu fishing trips, the Lucky Fish Finder is about to make the job much easier.

With 30% increased sonar scanning speeds, this device will help him identify both fish location and water depth in no time. It works well for shore fishing, kayak fishing, and ice fishing.

12. Boat Bar And Bottle Holder

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  • Mounts in most standard sized rod holders and allows you to level flat at most any angle. If you don’t have a rod holder on your boat other mounting types are available. Please ask for...

What boat is complete without its very own mini bar? This attachable boat bar is a must-have for when dad wants to anchor somewhere, or has guests on board who want a little drink while they’re out on the ocean.

He only needs to connect the stainless steel mount to the boat bar and voila! He has the perfect place to store his drinks, snacks, and glasses.

13. Boating & Sailing Knot Cards

ReferenceReady Boating and Sailing Knot Cards - Waterproof Guide to 20 Nautical Knots
  • Waterproof knot tying cards with step-by-step boating and sailing rope knot tying diagrams designed to be easy to follow, including descriptions and usage tips

Even dads can forget things, but when they’re out on the boat it’s important that they remember all of their essential knots, as there’s always something that needs to be tied when you’re out on the water.

This set of boating & sailing knot cards is a convenient and waterproof resource for your dad, as it features detailed cards with step-by-step knot tying instructions. Cards are durable, portable, and waterproof, and provide diagrams for 20 nautical knots.

14. Floating Buoy Keychain

It may seem small, but sometimes a personalized keychain can truly make someone’s day. If your dad loves boating, this floating buoy keychain will be an excellent decoration for his set of boat keys.

Not only is this tiny buoy durable and water-resistant, but it can even float in the water, so his keychain and keys will be easy to retrieve if they ever fall overboard. Not to mention the orange tip gives it excellent visibility.

15. Monocular Boat Telescope

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  • 【WIDE-ANGLE AND HD VIEW】High quality precision design featuring all glass high end optics, (FMC Superior BAK-4 Green Film Prism), The High Power monocular telescope provides 8X magnification with...

When dad is out and about exploring the ocean, a telescope can be handy for many reasons, whether he’s actively searching for land or just sightseeing from a distance.

That’s where the monocular telescope comes in! This telescope ensures crystal clear and long-distance sight with its 8×42 magnification and 99.9% light transmission. They are solid, fully waterproof, and shockproof and can be used in virtually all weather conditions.

Useful Boating Gifts He Can Use Onboard Or At Home

Trust me, choosing the perfect gift for any father can be difficult. But it doesn’t always have to be! This list is curated to make your gift shopping for dad so much easier.

Don’t let dad back out on the water without one of these wonderful boating gifts. Whether he needs a new piece of equipment or just wants a valuable keepsake of his beloved hobby, one of these products is sure to do the trick, regardless of your budget.