Boating Electronics Gift Ideas for Boaters

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boating electronicsFrom navigation systems to marine stereos or fish finders, here are some marine electronic gifts that your favorite captain or first mate would love to have on their boat

Boaters love to have the latest technology gadgets on their boat… so buying boating electronics as a gift is sure to please your favorite boater.
Today’s marine electronics range from full color handheld GPS navigation devices to high-tech fish finders that locate the catch of the day, or high performance marine-grade stereo systems that easily play the best boating music from your iPod. There are always new electronic gadgets to upgrade to on a boat.

Check out this selection of boating electronic gift ideas for boaters.

Garmin Gpsmap 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer

For boaters and watersports enthusiasts who want to run with the best, the rugged GPSMAP 78sc includes preloaded U.S. coastal charts and features a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, crisp color mapping, a high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD™ card slot for loading additional maps. And it floats!

Learn More and Buy at West Marine

Dual AM75BT Stereo Receiver & Speaker Package

The AM75BT is a marine-grade stereo receiver that offers Bluetooth streaming and Pandora control when connected to your iPhone/iPod through the front panel USB jack. It has audio and playback control via Bluetooth streaming from your iPod/iPhone/Android device. The USB outlet is suitable for charging devices as well.

This stereo also offers the new technology of motion control, allowing you to change volume and tracks with the wave of a hand. Five preset equalizer curves will style out your sound for Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat or Rock. The stereo head is PET wrapped, with conformal coated circuit boards, an EDP-coated rust resistant chassis, and detachable UV-resistant faceplate for security.

Learn More and Buy at West Marine



The VHF480 marine radio features new quick-disconnect cables for easy transfer in/out of vessels, splashproof IPX4 waterproof rating, and a full set of Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features. Included microphone features non-slip grip and convenient channel up and down as well as instant Channel 16/9 keys.

RAYMARINE a65 Multi-Function Display with Wi-Fi, US LightHouse Vector 

Swipe, touch and navigate—the a-Series brings full touchscreen simplicity to boaters looking for a powerful chartplotter/Multi-Function Display with extensive add-on options. This 5.7″ diagonal, 640 x 480 pixel multi-function display features Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse II user interface, powered by a fast dual core processor with an additional graphics coprocessor. The super bright display is LED-backlit and optically-bonded so you will never have visibility issues, even in the brightest sunlight. Includes Wi-Fi connectivity.

Learn More and Buy at West Marine

GARMIN echo™ 301dv Fishfinder

The powerfully simple 3.5-inch color echo 301dv includes an all-in-one transducer that delivers both advanced HD-ID 77/200 kHz and Garmin DownVu scanned images simultaneously on a horizontally or vertically split screen. The images provide the clearest possible sonar picture of fish returns and nearly photographic structure detail under the boat. Smooth Scaling graphics provide uninterrupted imagery when switching between depth-range scales. The 300W (RMS) power scans as deep as 1,750 feet maximum – and narrow-to-wide viewing cone angles give you a big picture well beyond the sides of your boat. Includes a quick-release tilt/swivel mount plus transom and low-profile trolling motor transducer mounts to make installation a snap.

Learn More and Buy at West Marine


Waterproof and Floating iPhone and iPad Cases

For boaters that like to have their iPhone or iPad devices on board (for pictures, texting, or even using apps for navigation) these cases are a great idea to protect your devices in case you drop them in the water!

Includes cost comparison between West Marine and Amazon for different models.


More Marine Electronic Gift Ideas on Amazon

Cobra MR F300BT Waterproof Marine Handset with Bluetooth Wireless Technology for Use with Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones
The Cobra MR F300BT is a waterproof handset with Bluetooth Wireless Technology, MicroBlue Technology (patent pending), Easy Grip, Noise Canceling Mic. This unit is waterproof to JIS7, has a large illuminated display and requires no recharging. Other features include: Easy Pair, Caller ID, easy redial operation, call log, phone book, adjustable volume, 10 selectable ring tones, backlit blue buttons and display, external audio output, waterproof deck connector, and simple installation. The MR F300BT is USB upgradeable. It is NOT a VHF radio, but is built for use with the Bluetooth enabled cell phone on your boat. Learn More and Buy on Amazon


Boss MR1560DI Marine MP3-Compatible Digital Media Receiver with iPod Dock
This digital media marine receiver from Boss Audio lets you play back your favorite MP3s from USB devices or SD Cards, and connect external devices using the front-panel auxiliary input. It also features a unique iPod dock–insert your iPod, attach the control panel, and enjoy full control while it’s safe inside. The MR1560DI features illuminated, touch-sensitive controls and an oversized black mask display, for a nice clean look. Learn More and Buy on Amazon

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