Gifts For A Happy Father's Day

By Capt. Steve Chaconas

It's Father's Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the guy who was always thinking of you!

Kleen Kanteen

Oh no, not another tie!

Dude, don't get Dad another tie! He might wear it ... only when you are in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you!

Klean Kanteen has offered non-toxic watering solutions in durable and reusable containers! And now they serve up a nearly endless, up to 6 hours, hot cup of coffee in this sharp vacuum insulated splash proof to-go mug. The cool thing about this hot dishwasher safe mug is the lid! Easy to disassemble to clean. You don't want to see what's living under Dad's lid. Get 2, one for yourself!

Covering Dad from the bottom up, the comfortable and versatile Teva Kitling sport sandal protects all of Dad's little piggies with integrated toe protection! The Spider 365 rubber outsole provides, wet or dry, durable traction, and a nylon shank keeps feet stable. Dad's feet won't stink out the room. Kitling's have a Microban zinc-based anti-microbial treatment for odor free feet. Water drains from the open construction. Perfect for water activities like fishing, canoeing, and amphibious hiking.

Farm to Feet sock

Make your gift the sharpest all-season sock in the drawer. Dad would rather be fishing and the leaping fish design on the 100% American Farm to Feet Concord socks reminds him. When he takes his shoes off, natural wool from US-raised merino sheep fights odor naturally with bacteria-resistant properties. Wool also provides temperature regulation through varying conditions. A seamless toe adds to the comfort. Farm to Feet socks are more than a stocking stuffer! The Concord will become Dad's sole mate!

Toss out Dad's cutoff shorts! Wrangler Performance Hybrid Cargo Shorts wick moisture away to keep him cool and dry! Not the ugly old cargo shorts either. A zippered pocket for security and a quick access flapped pocket provide fishing function. Side and back pockets are standard open style for easy access. Keep dad looking cool while he feels cool.

On the water, keeping cameras and phones safe and dry, Flambeau's Tuff Box Series provides heavy-duty, waterproof protection. Infused Zerust technology provides additional protection against rust and corrosion from moisture, so Dad's stuff won't rust. The clear box lets him see what's inside and the tough polycarbonate protects the outside from getting in. A rubberized bumper system reduces shock. The Tuff Box gets tougher with a pressure release valve for air travel, atmospheric pressure changes and elevation variances. Also includes a quick-release lanyard with swivel hook so even Dad won't lose it!

For the guy who always gave you the shirt off his back and has fish on the brain, the long sleeve Fish Head shirt was created for your Dad. This shirt provides full coverage and 50 UPF sun protection, and integrates special cooling yarn to keep tropical anglers "comfortable-to-the-core" during the heat of battle. Designed for quick-drying comfort and tailored from 4-way stretch fabric for ease of movement, the Fish Head is an ideal choice for all warm-weather anglers, whether they're chasing billfish, battling giant tuna or prowling the flats. Available in three functional, attractive versions of Grundéns proprietary "Fish Head" marine camouflage, along with four coolness-enhancing solid colors.

Don't forget Daddy's hands! Hanz Extremity Wear, known for keeping hands and feet warm and dry, introduces the Hanz waterproof Tap-Knit glove! Finally, answer the phone or navigate though new touchscreen boating electronics without lifting a glove. These lightweight gloves also have tiny "gripper dots" for active control to go from steering wheel to navigation screen. Pressure tested, Dads new gloves won't leak.

Only one part of Dad left exposed. New HT lenses from polarized sunglass expert Maui Jim offer High Transmission contrast perfect for spotting the fishing hole or finding a lost golf ball, while protecting aging eyes from the sun's mean glare! UV protection isn't just for skin; eyes are damaged in a more permanent way from sunrays! Maui Jim's latest style is Kumu, or show Dad you have class with a gift certificate so he can choose his own Maui Jim style.

Surf Fishing cover

Dad likes to fish, but often comes home empty handed! The tell-all book Surf Fishing by David A. Brown is the A-Z, step by step, ABCs of fishing from beginner to master caster! The techniques and gear give Dad the hook line and sinker of fishing from the surf, pier or jetty! DVD included!

To keep Dad from becoming a castaway, insure he will find his homeport with a BoatUS Membership. For only $72, give the gift of Unlimited freshwater towing or make it $149 for Unlimited saltwater towing. Dad will thank you for keeping him from remaining adrift. You'll feel better knowing he's just a call away from being rescued when out on the water all year long! Membership also includes the BoatUS Magazine, loaded with great articles and updates on important boater issues.

If you give it, Dad will use it, wear it or eat it ... make a good choice so he won't think of you when he's in line returning it!

Author Capt. Steve Chaconas is Potomac bass fishing guide and contributing writer for BoatUS. Potomac River reports: Book trips/purchase gift certificates:

— Published: May 2016