2018 Gift Guide


Passage Maker - - 2018 Gift Guide -

DJI just re­leased an im­proved ver­sion of their pop­u­lar Mavic drone and your boat needs one this hol­i­day sea­son. The Mavic is easy to fly and gives you a great eye in the sky for cap­tur­ing pho­tos and video of your va­ca­tions from amaz­ing an­gles. With in­te­gra­tion into Ray­ma­rine’s Ax­iom MFDs it can pro­vide you a pre­view of the un­known slip you need to se­cure, show you how crowded an an­chor­age is, or scout ahead in a bay or in­let. With it’s new full sized sen­sor (DJI worked with Has­sel­blad, af­ter all) and its ad­vanced 360-de­gree, 4-way ob­sta­cle avoid­ance, the Mavic Pro 2 is sure to im­prove your boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.



Though we haven’t been able to get our butts into one just yet, we have no doubt that Oru Kayaks are the most im­pres­sive and in­sanely engi­neered prod­uct we’ve seen in the recre­ational mar­ket. And by in­sane, we mean, in­sanely sim­ple and in­cred­i­ble. Th­ese kayaks are con­structed from 5mm-thick, ex­truded polypropy­lene that can han­dle drag­ging over rocks and bar­na­cles. Porta­bil­ity is where Oru shines. Even the largest of the mod­els, the brand-new Haven, only weighs 40 pounds, and folds up—origami style—into a pack the size of a suit­case. The Haven is the first model in the line that seats two adults, or a max­i­mum load of 450 pounds. Should you buy one and your pad­dling com­pan­ion opts out, the kayak con­verts, with the switch of a few buckles, into a sin­gle-pas­sen­ger ves­sel.



The de­bate over an­chor swivels is over with the new Mantus An­chor Swivel. This sleek yet beefy an­chor roller has been specif­i­cally de­signed to pre­vent side load­ing. The swivel is rated as stronger than the Grade 40 chain for which it is de­signed, and al­lows your an­chor to ro­tate to pre­vent chain twist and ori­ent cor­rectly in your roller. The an­chor pin has been slimmed and is drilled for safety wire, al­low­ing for a low pro­file de­sign from the shank to the chain, Get the ben­e­fits of an an­chor swivel with the peace of mind that its the strong­est link in your rode.



Your fa­vorite beach bar is about to re­lease their own rum. Kick your Painkiller skills up a notch: this win­ter the Soggy Dol­lar bar will re­lease their rum for com­mer­cial con­sump­tion with both a Soggy Dol­lar Dark Rum and a Soggy Dol­lar Is­land Spice Rum. Soon to be re­leased, this rum will truly bring you back to your time in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands. Mix your­self a Painkiller, a drink in­vented at the Soggy Dol­lar, with their very own rum, close your eyes, take a sip, and you’ll be able to feel the sand be­tween your toes as if you are stand­ing on the shores of White Bay. So while the snow swirls this win­ter and chills you to the bone, turn on some Trop-Rock, mix your fa­vorite is­land cock­tail, and be warmed by Caribbean mem­o­ries.


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