Every year gCaptain compiles a list of holiday gifts and gear that the maritime community will love. This is a win-win because you get great gift ideas and gCaptain gets a small part of the revenue back from Amazon.
Last year gCaptain readers purchased over $75,000 in gifts from our guide so our editors wanted to make sure that this year we find even better holiday gift ideas. As we put the final touches on our 2016 Gift Guide we wanted to try something new…. Black Friday Deals for Sailors!
Scroll down to see all the deals and stop back often because we will be adding new deals to this page over the next few days!
Note: Many of these offers are for a limited time only and some (but not all) are only available in the US.
P.S. Also be sure to check out Amazon’s Official Black Friday Event for lots more deals!
$25 OFF Merchin Pro Sailor Knife
For those unfamiliar with Myerchin; the company has been around since 1984 and makes knives for work at sea. Myerchin is headquartered in California, however their knives are primarily made in Seki Japan. As the box reads, Myerchin’s are tested at sea. Myerchin knives are used by both the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. Today Amazon has the Fixed Merchin Pro Wood for $25 OFF (They typically sell for $95)
Other Merchin Knives On Sale:
27% OFF Best Selling Multitool
Amazon currently has 27% OFF their best selling Multitool the Leatherman Skeletool Stainless Steel which comes with a Lifetime Warranty! This is a great lightweight tool for working aboard ship.
39% Off Amazon Kindle
There is a ton of travel in this industry and why carry around a heavy book when you can pack a small lightweight device and have access to thousands of books? Amazon Kindle is widely considered the best eBook reader and today the basic model is 39% Off. Looking to download your daily news from anywhere in the world? Then upgrade to the Paperlight Model (Now $20 OFF) and select WiFI + Global 3G when you add the device to your cart!
Also on sale:
31% OFF GoPRo HD Camera
We all like taking photos and video with our phone but those who work at sea know that it’s pretty useless when the weather turns harsh or when you’re doing something active like inspecting a cofferdam. That’s when a GoPro makes it easy to capture and share your world. Featuring high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. Right now this camera is 31% off via Amazon.
Note: Ebay is currently offering the more advanced Hero 4 version with a built in touch screen for $179 (55% OFF) and Amazon is offering the latest version HERO 5 Black (with 4k video & voice activation) bundled with a free $60 Amazon Gift Card.
25% OFF All New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
As featured on last year’s Stocking Stuffer Guide… With instant access to Netflix, HBO NOW, Hulu, Amazon Prime and 1Gb of storage Amazon’s (All New for 2016) Fire Stick TV plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV but that’s not why I’m recommending it (I prefer the larger storage capacity of the New Apple TV) … I’m recommending it because of its low price and diminutive size which makes it perfect for traveling. Bring it to the hotel and avoid those overpriced movie selections or lend it to your watchmate aboard ship. $29 via Amazon
Update: The Google Version of this device is on sale for $25 via eBay.
47% OFF Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Club gCaptain members know just how seriously we take our coffee here at gCaptain HQ and there is only one mug that’s up to our standards. Seriously, forget buying a Yeti mug (those are great too but this one is better!)… if you want to keep your coffee piping hot till the end of a long 6-hour watch your only solution is Zojirushi and, right now, Amazon has the 16 ounce version on sale for 47% OFF. (P.S. The larger 20-ounce version is 40% off)
$145 Discount – Phantom 3 Standard Drone With HD Camera
Curious about how much rust is covering the side of your ship? Wondering what’s that thing hanging from the bottom of your anchor? Well a camera equipped drone is much safer than sending over a man in a bosun’s chair… but that’s not why we posted this deal here! We posted it because drones are fun and drone footage is really cool and the best consumer drones are made by DJI! Get one today for $100 off via ebay PLUS get a FREE $45 gift card with your purchase. (UPDATE: The more advanced 4K Version of this drone is also on sale via ebay)
25% OFF Nest Remote Indoor Security Camera
Regardless if you work at sea or in an office, if you work in the Maritime or Offshore industry chances are you travel A LOT! IF you do it’s often nice, just for piece of mind, to check on things back at home and for this purpose there is no remote camera system that get’s better reviews than NEST. Here’s a great drop down to $150, a price nobody’s seen since June. Last year during Black Friday, the best price was still $170.
40% OFF Bright Heavy Duty Water Resistant Flashlight
Amazon now has 25% OFF most Streamlight Flashlights but The Survivor LED is our favorite and it’s 40% off. This right angle flashlight is a lightweight, hand-held light with right angle head designed for use in hazardous locations. This light features the latest in C4 power LED technology and offers microprocessor controlled high and low intensity modes, emergency flash, and moonlight mode. Its super-bright, narrow beam penetrates smoke, fog, and mist for improved visibility. $55 via Amazon
$42 OFF Device To Get Text Messages At Sea
Club gCaptain members will be familiar with this gadget which we raved about in weekly newsletter a few weeks back. What does it do? IT allows you to send and receive text messages from ANYWHERE at sea! Anywhere? Yes, Anywhere. The device uses Iridium’s rock solid satellite network to send messages… the same network Navy SEAL operatives use to connect with the Pentagon! The discount on this is only $42… but… this awesome device never goes on sale! DeLorme inReach SE now $258 via Amazon! (P.S. Don’t get the more expensive orange version… it has a few extra feature but none that are particularly useful to sailors)
70% OFF 4.5 Star Rated Hammock
In the old days of sailing ships nearly everyone slept in a hammock. Today it’s not as practical for sleeping aboard ship but it’s perfect for stringing between a few stanchions and getting a snooze after watch when transiting those lower latitudes. Right now Amazon has 70% off this top rated, extra-wide, version.
34% OFF Captain Phillip’s The Book
You’ve probably seen the movie but have you read the book… because it’s even better! Today Amazon has Richard Phillips page-turner of a book for 34% off the paperback, 38% off the Kindle Version and the audiobook for just $3.99! (P.S. The movie is also 25% OFF)
*Note: Amazon also has a coupon for $10 any book over $25. The Coupon Code is “HOLIDAYBOOK”
Two Free Audiobooks
gCaptain’s editors do a lot of reading every day and when we get home sometimes we don’t want to read any more…. instead we listen… to audio books! Amazon is currently offering a deal for new listeners: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks… we think it’s the perfect deal for listening to books on anchor watch;)
40% OFF Eaton Bluetooth Shortwave Radio
This radio is a very cool gift for blue water sailors. Not only can it receive short wave radio broadcasts from around the world but it also works as a wireless speaker for the tunes you have downloaded on your phone. Right now Amazon has it on sale for 40% OFF!
40% Off Spyderco Fixed Blade Sailor Knife
Nearly every gCaptain gift guide has featured a Syperderco H1 (That’s their nail tough, better than Stainless metal) and our founder’s daily carry is last year’s Holiday Gift Guide Pick, the Spyderco Tusk. Right now another great Spyderco knife is 40% off! The Spyderco Aqua Salt Lightweight Plain Edge Knife is a fixed blade knife with an 9.33 inches overall length and a hollow-grind edge geometry that cuts through mooring line like butter. Get it today for 40% off at Amazon!
Also on sale are a few of our favorite folding knives:
25% Off Heavy Duty Pelican Cases
Working sailors know that if you want to keep your precious items in pristine condition when traveling through harsh environments there is only one protective case to consider… pelican. You can literally run over these cases with a truck, drop them down a ladderwell or thrown them overboard and they will not sink or crack. These cases are tough and – TODAY ONLY – Amazon is offering 24% OFF select pelican cases! These heavy duty cases are rarely discounted so this is one hell of a deal for working sailors.
UPDATE: Some of the Pelican Case discounts are expired but amazon does have a killer sale on Pelican CarryOn Luggage for just $119!
FREE – Mark Twain Life On The Mississippi eBook
This book is an autobiography of Mark Twain’s life as a young man piloting steamboats up and down the Mississippi River. Whether the man, Mark Twain, interests you or not, Life on the Mississippi, is an eye-opening look at sailors working on the Mississippi in the 1870s. Right now Amazon is offering the Kindle eBook versions for FREE and the Audible AudioBook Version for just $0.49!
STANDBY… MORE DEALS COMING TO THIS PAGE SOON!
*P.S. If none of these deals appeal to you but you’d still like to support gCaptain directly please consider bookmarking the following link and shopping via Amazon this holiday season: https://www.amazon.com/?tag=gcaptaincom-20
**P.S.2 Please share these deals – and our gift guides – with friends, family and crewmates! Thanks!! -gCaptain
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