It's no Rolex, but the Humminbird SmartCast RF35 Fish Finder Watch is still pretty cool. This $79, waterproof wrist unit uses the company's "Advanced Remote Sonar Sensor wireless technology" (with a wireless range of 75 feet) to transmit real-time readings to its 11⁄4'' LCD display. The watch's sensor covers depths of up to 120 feet and includes a pulse-lit, advanced option for night fishing. Add the optional $24.99 remote sensor (RF45) to give that lucky angler on your list even better results.
Truth is, the market is saturated with all kinds of high-tech digital cameras. Well here's one more. The 5.0 Mega Pixel Waterproof Camera from VuPoint Solutions is a great option for all of the snorkelers, divers, and sea spray-phobes on your holiday list. According to the company, the camera, which comes with a removable waterproof case, is capable of capturing both photos and videos in up to 50 feet of H20. And at approximately $100, this is one picture snapper that won't break the bank.
There are several core items that every boater should own—a compass is certainly one of them. Good thing this monogrammable version from Red Envelope ($89.95) isn't just practical, it's handsome too, making it a gift-worthy keepsake. Though the compass is fashioned after an antique pocket watch, it features some decidedly high-tech engineering. Namely, a tungsten-steel needle and a military-standard capsule, which help ensure fast and reliable readings no matter where you are.
One present, ten tools. The Leatherman Micra, which is only 2.5 inches when closed, is a do-all offering for the handy folks you know. This tiny wundertool (approximately $20) packs a real punch: a 420HC Clip-point Knife, three screwdrivers, spring-action scissors, a ruler, and more. It's a great option for quick, onboard repairs and is easy to keep track of, given that it clips directly onto your key chain. (Just remember to stow it with your checked luggage before you try and clear airport security.)
This article originally appeared in the December 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.