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Why spend money on teddy bears and chocolate when you can buy your (first) mate valentine’s day gifts they’ll use year-round. Lovers take note, here’s the gear that our editors (men and women) are excited about.
Chaos Ready Dry Bag Backpack ($36.99)
Because nobody wants a soggy box of chocolates. This bag is 100% waterproof and a lot more stylish than your average dry bag. You also can’t argue with the friendly price tag.
Mustang Survival’s Meris Sailing Jacket ($574.99)
Engineered for offshore racing, this jacket will keep your sweetie warm and dry. The fitted hood has peripheral view windows, enabling you to view your surroundings (and steal furtive glances at your sailing partner).
Native Eyewear Sunglasses ($104.95)
If you’re looking for high performance polarized sunglasses that won’t make you look like a nerd, look no further than Native Eyewear. Not only do their designs stand up to the hard-wearing boat life but Native Eyewear backs up their glasses with a lifetime warranty.
Zhik Hydrophobic Fleece ($81.67)
Skip the lingerie and keep your love warm with Zhik’s water-repelling fleece. Perfect for layering under foulies.
Spyderco Pacific Salt knife ($86.97)
Feeling a bit rusty in the romance department? Give your valentine the ultimate rustproof marine knife; perfect for life afloat or any environment where corrosion is a concern.
Offshore Sailing Lessons ($ Various)
Ready to commit? Take a step towards your offshore cruising dreams and buy your partner offshore sailing lessons. Amp up your offshore sailing skills (and learn more about each other than you would in premarital classes). See our article on getting offshore sailing experience for a list of sailing schools and instructors.
Water resistant to 100M, this ultra-light titanium swiss-movement watch is sure to be a pleaser. Assembled in Vancouver, Canada, Momentum watches offer excellent performance for killer value. Get a free engraving when you use the coupon code: Valentine (on orders placed before February 8th).
Good Old Boat Magazine Subscription ($39.95)
The sailing magazine about older boats and the people that love them. Salty stories, boat reviews, and DIY galore! Get a FREE gift when you subscribe with this Y&S exclusive coupon code.
Clip this speaker to your bimini, load up your most sensuous iPhone playlist (no Barry Manilow, please) and let the evening unfold. The perfect way to get tunes in the cockpit with no wiring and 8 hours of battery life.
Mustang Survival Corp Inflatable PFD ($254.99)
Still sporting that awkward orange foam life jacket from 1980? It’s time to move on and up to a sexy inflatable PFD. Keep your sweetheart safe and streamlined with this auto-hydrostatic PFD, complete with harness.