2018 Gift Guide
BUZZ IN THE AIR
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.
MANTUS ANCHOR SWIVEL
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.
RUM FROM THE SOURCE
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.