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Any sailers out there? What is a suitable "boat-warming" present? I know nothing about sailing?

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roisin Sat 15-Sep-07 10:11:33

My db has done loads of sailing in the past, but has just bought a boat for the first time. It's quite a big one (don't ask me for details - I have no idea), and they intend sometimes to stay overnight on it at the weekends. It has sails - I guess you would call it a yacht?
I have no idea blush

Anyway, there was a delay in the sale because they vendor had to come and get "all his stuff" off the boat, so I guess db will need "stuff" to put on the boat. I suppose some of the "stuff" will be similar to what you might need in a caravan?!

OK, I'm sure it is obvious that I am completely clueless in this regard. But I would welcome your suggestions as to what might be appropriate?

(PS we always buy practical presents for o-a in my family, not pointless symbolic nicknacks.)

ChippyMinton Sat 15-Sep-07 10:22:03

In my experience, a bottle of gin with all the fixings would be very acceptable.
Depends what the boat already has, but how about a whistling kettle and some insulated mugs?

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 15-Sep-07 10:27:25

Pimms and all the fixings !
or you could go to a chandlers and ask for advice ! Maybe he'd like a captain's hat ?? grin

saltire Sat 15-Sep-07 10:28:10

An ornamental iceberggrin

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 15-Sep-07 10:30:08

those nice stripy matelot tops

MaureenMLove Sat 15-Sep-07 10:32:14

I have no ideas, but I'm watching with interest, as dh has gone to collect a boat today! Not quite on the scale of your db, but a boat with a cabin nevertheless! grin

Surfermum Sat 15-Sep-07 10:41:27

Some decent waterproofs
Deck shoes
VHF radio
Tide timetable
Charts for local waters
Warm top
Pint mug, mugs, kettle, glasses, cutlery, sharp knife, plates, bowls, small chopping board (to cut lemon for G&T)
Tupperware for keeping t-bags, coffee, etc in

roisin Sat 15-Sep-07 11:00:39


Surfermum Sat 15-Sep-07 11:13:46

Oh God, what's the grin? grin. Was it the sort of thing you were thinking of?

roisin Sat 15-Sep-07 11:15:43

No! I'm just amused and bemused by the long list of things.
It is just like caravanning, isn't it?! grin

I'm waiting for a phone call and we may go up to see them and the boat this afternoon, and I'll get an idea of what might be useful.

Thanks all.

Surfermum Sat 15-Sep-07 11:26:01

Well whenever I go and stay out overnight I always think it's just like camping, but afloat, and better.

MrsFogi Sat 15-Sep-07 11:26:39

A nice bound log-book

elastamum Sat 15-Sep-07 11:31:05

Some insulated mugs with lids. You can get some with grippy bases so they dont slide. I bought a load for my brothers boat. They are great.

TheHerdNerd Sat 15-Sep-07 11:37:50

Cable knit jumper, matching hat and a muscular torso to go under it.

roisin Sat 15-Sep-07 19:09:17

These insulated mugs sound great. Where can I get some from? (Preferably online)

Many thanks

ChippyMinton Sat 15-Sep-07 20:57:41

these look the biz

MadLabOwner Sat 15-Sep-07 20:59:11

What about those torches that strap to your head - very useful for camping, should also be good for boats?

roisin Sat 15-Sep-07 21:01:20

Ooh they look fab. Thanks Chippy.

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