HeartLand Boating’s Holiday Gift Guide – Quimby's Cruising Guide

HeartLand Boating’s Holiday Gift Guide

From water sports to luxury marine watches, there’s something for every boater and budget on our holiday gift guide!

Airhead Shockwave 2


Experience a wave of excitement for one or two riders on the Airhead Shockwave 2. Defy centrifugal force with the bonus topside stabilizer fins, which help riders stay on the raft and provide a safer riding experience by keeping them separated. The deluxe nylon-wrapped handles with neoprene knuckle guards provide a sure and comfortable grip. Made with a tough heavy-gauge vinyl bladder, fully covered with a durable double-stitched nylon cover. It is equipped with a heavy-duty Kwik-Connect for easy and secure hook-ups. The patented Speed Safety Valves provide ultimate inflation and deflation convenience. $280; www.airhead.com

Breitling Emergency II Watch

Breitling has introduced a follow-up to its famed Breitling Emergency watch, a timepiece that was quickly adopted by adventurers around the world thanks to its built-in emergency personal locator beacon. The Breitling Emergency II is not only a useful device but a proven life-saving one. Developed in conjunction with major scientific institutes, the Emergency II is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and micro-technical innovations, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system — three features specifically developed for this model. $15,000; www.breitling.co

Connelly Voyage Combo Water Skis

Easy-to-use and tons of fun, the Connelly Voyage Combo Water Skis are a great option when it comes to having a versatile water ski on your boat. The traditional shape has a slightly wider frame, especially under the bindings and back to the tail. The extra surface area makes it easy to get out of the water and adds stability. Connelly also incorporated step technology through the tunnels to reduce drag, giving the skis a free maneuvering feeling. Oblique tips take some height out of the sidewall, making it easier to initiate turns. These components come together in a perfect blend of balance and performance. $170; www.connellyskis.com

Crewsaver Life Vest

The new line of Crewsaver USCG-approved lifejackets is the first series of its kind to provide a complete, safe, stylish, comfortable and affordable inflatable solution to the everyday boater. The Crewfit 35 Sport incorporates the latest Fusion 3D technology to ensure maximum comfort levels. The jacket includes essential features that guarantee the recreational user remains safe when out on the water. Fundamental to all Crewfit models is the unique chin support that helps keep your airway clear of the water in all conditions. Price TBD; www.crewsaver.com

Cyntur JumperPack Mini

Never get stranded with a dead battery again! Besides having the capacity to jump-start boats, cars and other vehicles, it is also a 200-lumen LED torch, emergency strobe and smartphone/tablet charger all in one. The Mini charges with an included AC adapter in about four hours and should hold its charge for up to a year of storage. A four-LED charge indicator shows battery level while charging or on demand when the Cyntur function button is pressed. The Mini has an IPX3 weatherproof rating, making it able to withstand the most demanding weather conditions. $100; www.cyntur.com

Helping Hand Dock Rail

Built to help people with limited mobility get to and from their boat safely, the aluminum rail is lightweight for easy installation and transport at 4 pounds, while remaining durable and reliable. Setup and removal, whether for the day or for a week, is a breeze with quick release clamps that allow it to be removed in a matter of seconds. Adjustable rods make the Helping Hand Dock Rail able to be attached to almost any dock, anywhere at any time. $160; www.helpinghanddockrail.com

Hobie Mirage i11S Kayak

Like the other three kayaks in its inflatable line, Hobie’s new i11S kayak combines Vantage Seating System comfort and patented MirageDrive with Glide Technology propulsion. The lightweight vessel has two air chambers on each side and a drop-stitched center chamber to provide the stability needed for recreational use. For increased tracking and stability, a fin is included that can be inserted into the built-in slot on the bottom of the hull. Bungee tie-downs in the rear hold an optional H-Crate for fishing gear or a cooler. The skid pad in front of the seat lets more adventurous anglers stand up and cast. $1,999; www.hobiecat.com

Jiggy Twitch It HD Spoon Lure

This new lure from Bass Pro Shops allows fishermen to get jiggy with their techniques. Featuring a slim profile, a holographic finish with life-like scales and eyes, and a darting, erratic action, the jigging spoon is designed to get the bait into the strike zone faster than other lures and imitate wounded baitfish once it gets there. Premium swivels minimize line twist, and sharp, inward canted treble hooks ensure hookups from short strikers and reduce fouling. It comes in three sizes and a variety of colors. $4.79; www.basspro.com

Liquid Force Harley Classic Wakeboard

Whether you’re a pro or just a weekend warrior, you’ll appreciate the Harley Classic. The simplest way to describe the ride of this board is that it’s smooth and fast. The more complex answer is that when riding the Harley Classic wakeboard, anyone can ride with confidence knowing that the Quad V Channels and low volume rails will lock your edge in cleaner than you could imagine. It never feels out of control, no matter what your ability level. $380; www.liquidforce.com

The Matador Blanket

Making the perfect stocking stuffer for any outdoor enthusiast is Matador’s innovative pocket blanket. This blanket is thin, lightweight, durable, water-resistant and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket or glove compartment. The blanket unfolds to 55 by 44 inches with a waterproof sitting surface and is puncture resistant with weighted ends to keep it in place on windy days. Choose from the Matador, which fits two people comfortably, or the Matador Mini with room for one. $24.99 or $19.99; www.matadorup.com

Quimby’s Cruising Guide

The ultimate resource for boaters who enjoy exploring America’s rivers and inland waterways. Quimby’s covers more than 9,400 miles of water on 21 rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, providing essential knowledge such as where to get fuel, overnight dockage, supplies and repairs. Additional information on locks, towns, restaurants, events, landmarks, history and interesting miscellany is also presented. Updated annually since 1962, Quimby’s is spiral-bound to lay flat and offers more than 260 pages of trusted information. $42, www.heartlandboating.com

Shurhold Dual Action Polisher

Shurhold’s Dual Action Polisher was designed to allow users to achieve the same high gloss, professional finish that the pros do with a rotary buffer, but in a unit that less-experienced users can operate. The six-inch, oscillating head allows anyone to get the same great finish, without burns or swirls. General detail maintenance like waxing and buffing can now be done in half the time, with half the effort and half the amount of product. It has a 900-watt motor and weighs only 6 pounds. The polisher comes with a detailed user guide, canvas storage bag and a tough Velcro backing plate. $150, www.shurhold.com

South Bend Insulated Bait Holder and Bucket

Both of these new products from South Bend are designed to include simple but essential features to maximize anglers’ overall fishing experience. The insulated bait holder not only stores bait, but also preserves its quality. With its foam insulation, it keeps worms cool and lively in the hottest of conditions, and its lid opens away from the body, allowing for easier bait retrieval. The Collapsible Bait Bucket’s design allows for easy stowing in the smallest of spaces on trips to and from the water. Price TBD; www.south-bend.com

SP-5005 Waterproof Bluetooth Flashlight & Powerbank

Don’t leave for your next boat trip without the SP-5005 Waterproof Bluetooth Flashlight & Powerbank from Secur Products. You never know when you might need a reliable LED light source that also functions as a phone charger and Bluetooth speaker — all in one device. The SP-5005 is waterproof and comes with 28 hours of music playing time and a USB charging port and cable. The 7.5-ounce device uses a lithium ion battery and has a hands-free phone function. $100; www.securproducts.com

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