Boating with Dogs

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide for Boat Dads


With Father’s Day around the corner, we’ve curated a list of gifts that boat dads are sure to love. Whether you’re buying for your partner, dad, or a father figure, we’re sure that our concise list of hand-selected items will have something for him.


The best part? Our list consists only of products that members of the Freedom Boat Club team would and do use ourselves. None of the items have been included due to sponsorship or paid placement. And we’ve made it easy for you to navigate our list by dividing it into four sections: accessories, apparel, fishing gear and shared boat access.


Accessories He'll Love


Mercury Ogio Motion Backpack

This versatile backpack will be Dad’s ultimate companion for various occasions, especially when hitting the water. But he may also find it useful when heading to work, embarking on a weekend getaway, or exploring the great outdoors. Its thoughtfully organized compartments make it the ideal accessory for Dads that require both form and function.

$135.00 on the Mercury Dockstore.


RTIC Everyday Cooler

Help Dad to pack for good times on the water with RTIC’s insulated and collapsible cooler. It designed to keep contents cold all-day, making it the perfect budget-friendly cooler for Dad’s nautical adventures. This simple, yet effective design comes in six different colors and four sizes. It also features a durable strap that makes it easy to carry aboard.

$24.99-$49.99 on the RTIC website.


Yeti Hopper® M20 Soft Cooler Backpack

The Hopper® M20 Soft Cooler Backpack will allow Dad to put everything that he needs for the day on his back — literally. This smart design is deceivingly large and can fit 22lbs of ice alone. Yeti’s insulated technology is highly regarded of one of the best in the game. This product comes in three core colors as well as six unique seasonal colors.

$325.00 on the Yeti website.


BOTE Inflatable Vest PFD

The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that boat passengers always wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) aboard a vessel. We think Dad will appreciate the subtle and unique design of the BOTE Inflatable Vest PFD that keeps him safe without compromising movement. It’s so sleek, he’ll forget he’s even wearing this life saving product.

$99.00 on the BOTE website.


Orvis NRS Dog Life Jacket

Dad is also going to want to protect man’s best friend. His water-loving dog will be kept safe when swimming, diving, and splashing in this best-in-class canine flotation device. Easy to slip on, the life jacket secures with three buckles and adjusts for a custom fit. A leash loop and handle at the top of the jacket lets you easily maintain control of your pup.

$59.95 on the Orvis website.


Big Joe® Waterpad 15' Foam Water Mat

Just because it’s a gift for Dad doesn’t mean he’s the only one that can use it! The Big Joe Waterpad is a giant float designed to fit the whole family during unforgettable days on the water. This float is super soft, anchorable and holds as many as five adults (up to 1,000 lb.) It is designed for all ages, with children under adult supervision.


$299.99 on the Big Joe website.


Fitbit Versa 4

Allow Dad to stay connected to shore by getting him a smart watch. It’s not only used to get better results from a workout routine. In fact, Fitbit’s thin, lightweight fitness wearable features a Google Maps integration that will allow Dad to pinpoint his location and use navigational features. The Versa 4 watch comes in 4 sleek color schemes to choose from.

$199.95 on the Fitbit website.


Oakley Flak Beta

Oakley's sunglasses have long been a staple in the outdoor eyewear category. And this style has the ability to interchange the lens. Its polarized design offers all the benefits of performance eyewear and will make a noticeable difference for Dads that participate in a full range of outdoor activities.

$219.00 on the Oakley website.


Dad-Approved Apparel


Boston Whaler Performance Hooded Long-Sleeve

This long sleeve hoodie allows Dad to represent the iconic Boston Whaler brand and offers a perfect balance of flexibility and durability. With a composition of 90% polyester and 10% spandex, it provides unbeatable comfort. Notable features include SPF 50+ protection and mesh underarm panels for breathability.

$59.00 on the Boston Whaler Apparel website.


Sea Ray Legacy Cap

Crafted from premium cotton, this cap offers a comfortable and breathable fit that will keep Dad feeling cool and looking cool all day long. With its double row snapback closure, Dad can easily adjust the cap to achieve the perfect fit every time. Every captain needs a captain hat.


$36.00 on the Sea Ray Collection website.


Hey Dude Wally Sport Mesh

These modern boat shoes feature breathable mesh, cushioned ankle collar, and flexible support. Its ample roominess allows for a laid-back and easygoing feel. Hey Dude’s Wally Sport Mesh shoe also features an easy-on lace system, removable foam insole, and are easy to wash. Full size options are available in seven different colors.


$44.99-$64.99 on the Hey Dude website.


Grundens DECK-BOSS Sandals

Show Dad that comfort, performance, and style can all exist in one pair of flip flops. The DECK-BOSS™ Sandal collaborates with SeaDek™ Marine Products to deliver an incredibly durable shock absorbent sandal. The SeaDek™ foot bed and natural gum rubber outsoles deliver exceptional traction for boaters. Available in full sizes, this top tier boat shoe comes in six neutral, earth tone colors.

$39.99-$64.99 on the Grundens website.



Fishing Must Haves


Bubba 9” Tapered Flex Fillet Knife

This tapered fillet knife is a must-have for boat dads that double as avid saltwater fisherman. It will not disappoint Dad as he fillets his freshly caught King Mackerel. The non-stick coated blade, outstanding trigger grip and pads make it fun and easy to prepare a fresh catch. This Bubba brand knife delivers the same trusted quality as their other products.

$79.99 on the Bubba website.


Okuma ITX -CB Spinning Reel

Crafted with a focus on stability and high performance, the Okuma ITX-CB Spinning Reel is perfect for both fresh water and light inshore applications. Constructed with a lightweight and rigid C-40X rotor and Torsion Control Armor technology, the Okuma ITX-CB Spinning Reel boasts an incredibly strong and durable body that can help Dad withstand the toughest of fishing battles.

$159.99 on the Tackle Warehouse website


PENN 7' Battle III 4000 LE Spinning Combo

Dad will appreciate that the PENN® Battle® III LE spinning combo will turn heads at the dock! The Battle III reel features proprietary CNC Gear™ Technology for durability, and the proven HT-100™ carbon fiber drag system provides ultimate control. We guarantee this combo will remain comfortable in Dad’s hand during long days on the water.

$189.99 on the West Marine website.


Bass Pro Shops Advanced Angler Pro Super Magnum 3700 Tackle System

This is the tackle system will delight any Dad that loves to fish! Constructed of durable water- and UV-resistant fabric, this roomy bag features heavy-duty zippers and a waterproof, skid-resistant base. A variety of strategically placed built-in compartments will hold all his fishing essentials. And a padded shoulder strap makes it comfortable to carry any distance.

$139.99 on the Bass Pro Shops website.


Zoom U-Tale Worm 6'' Lure

These U-Tale Worm lures are another one of Zoom®'s truly impressive big bass baits. Effective on virtually any rig and under most conditions, the U-shaped tail creates an enticing flutter and vibration that big bass will not be able to ignore. These budget-friendly lures come in 19 color options – making it easy to grab a few for Dad.

$5.49 on the Cabela’s website


Rapala X-Rap Saltwater Jerkbait

If Dad prefers to fish in saltwater, he’s going to need the right lure. The erratic swimming action of the Rapala X-Rap Saltwater Jerkbait lures are designed to mimic a wounded minion, provoking predator fish to strike. The combination of its translucent body, natural patterns, and reflective eye creates a life-life appearance that is irresistible to large saltwater fish. They are available in 13 colors and four sizes.

$13.99 on the Dick Sporting Goods website.



Shared Boat Access


The Gift of Freedom Boat Club Membership

Give the boat dad in your life the ultimate freedom of unrivaled boating access. Boat club membership allows Dad to enjoy all the benefits of boating, without any of the hassle. Members of Freedom Boat Club receive access to a fleet of premier boats, unlimited on-water training, and premium support from on-site dock staff.


Get started today and allow Dad to have all the fun while we do all the work. With diverse locations across the U.S. and beyond, our membership tiers vary based on seasonality and demand. That’s why our local executives are here to guide you through the specific membership opportunities in your area and find the right one for Dad.

Contact us for pricing in your area.


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