I say it every year, but the holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for cheesy holiday movies (much to my husband’s dismay) and absolutely love all the holiday decorations, but can we just live in the moment and enjoy Thanksgiving before we go crazy with Christmas? This year I’ve seen some great Black Friday deals pop up and wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on all the latest steals. Stay tuned here as I’ll add new Black Friday deals for sailors and boaters as they are announced.
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Deals on Sailing & Cruising Courses
Crash Course in Cruising
Have you ever wondered what cruising was really like? Well Nica Waters has you covered in her Crash Course on Cruising. Each lesson covers important topics and considerations to see if cruising is right for you. Topics include boat & budget considerations, weather, maintenance, minimalism, health aboard, daily life, and more. Get 20% off the course now through Cyber Monday with the code FITFAN.
Storing Food without Refrigeration
Carolyn Shearlock’s The Boat Galley has been a must-read resource for sailors and boaters for years. Her website offers endless tips and tricks for managing life on a boat. Now, in her PDF ebook, Storing Food without Refrigeration, she focuses on how to make it work even if you don’t have a fridge or freezer. You’ll be surprised at how much you can store without modern conveniences. She’s offering 20% off with the code BLACKFRIDAYCHANCE. The code is also good for 20% off all of her courses including Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas, Eating Well with a Tiny Fridge and Unwritten Rules of the Cruising Life. Now through Cyber Monday.
Deals for the Galley
The Instant Pot has always been a big seller for Black Friday and Prime Day. It seems to always goes on super sale across retailers and this year is no different. The Instant Pot has become a staple on our boat and is so versatile in what it can make. It doesn’t heat up the boat which is great on hot summer days and makes such amazing meals so easily.
Vaccumm sealers are great aboard – for keeping meats fresh and keeping rarely used, but essential tools rust-free. This model from Geryon has been used and loved by over 2100 people and is on deal for Black Friday.
Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
Say goodbye to plastic produce bags and bring a set of these along when you go shopping. They are also great for collecting bulk dry goods at the store (be sure to transfer them to an airtight container when you get home though!) and a ton of other uses aboard.
Swell Bottles and Tumblers
Swell bottles keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot all day long – key for enjoyable drinks aboard. Amazon has a lot of styles and designs available including tumblers, sports bottles, standard bottles and roamers.
Is bubbly water your thing? Or, want to make a fresh soda while anchored off a remote island? Well, make sure you have a Sodastream aboard. These bad boys are great for cocktail mixers, sodas or just fizzy water. Amazon has a few packages on deal for Black Friday.
Deals for Life Aboard
A good set of binoculars are key for life aboard. A few pairs are included in Amazon’s countdown to Black Friday deals, including the Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular, 10 x 42-mm.
Columbia Clothing for the Whole Family
Whether you are a warm weather sailor or stay up north, Columbia gear is on sale for Black Friday on Amazon. Pick up UPF clothing, light rain shells, quick-dry pants/shorts hiking shoes and/or puffy coats. So many options, and at a great price for the weekend.
Cacala Turkish Towels
Turkish towels are clutch aboard a boat. They take up so little space, are crazy absorbent and dry quickly. We’ve had a few of these towels for about 5 years and they show no sign of wear. This brand is also very affordable, and I find the quality very high as well.
512 GB Micro SD Card
I have to be honest, I didn’t even know that micro SD cards came in sizes this big. But now that I do I will be adding this beast to my collection. Its so important to have backups of your important files, and this guy makes it easy. There are also a ton of other deals on SanDisk and WD products, check them out here.
JBL Flip 3 Stealth Bluetooth Speaker
Hanging out at the beach for the day but want some tunes to set the mood? This waterproof speaker is just what you need for a day of fun in the sun. This speaker is waterproof, streams your music via bluetooth, offers 10 hours of playtime and features a JBL bass radiator. Walmart has a great deal on these for Black Friday for $50.00. Valid only Nov 28th and 29th. Don’t miss out!
We love the Echo Dot aboard our boat. It is tiny, and really offers so much benefit aboard. Granted, we are tied to a dock the majority of the time with wifi, but if that is your situation too, you may want to snag one of these on sale. We use ours as a sound machine for Zoe (playing ocean waves of course), a timer for cooking and telling us terrible dad jokes. For extra fun savings, tell your Alexa-enabled device “Order a charcoal echo dot.” There are also extra savings on bundled deals with the Fire stick.
Garmin Handheld GPS Products and Watches
Have your heart set on adding a handheld GPS to your vessel this holiday season? Amazon has savings on inReach devices and their Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS Handheld and Satellite CommunicatorGarmin GPSMAP 66i GPS Handheld and Satellite Communicator. There are also deals on their training devices for running, cycling and triatholon packages.
Bose Wireless Headphones
Do you work remotely while you cruise? A good set of headphones can make the difference in successfully getting some work done in a remote coffee shop or restaurant. Bose has both their over ear models and earbud styles on deal right now.
Boltune Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Books are great, but they take up precious space aboard. The Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for life afloat. It can hundreds of books on a single device (comes in 8GB and 32GB options) and is only .3″ thick. The paperwhite technology allows you to easily read your screen, even in the sun, and now the device is waterproof!
We love having strip lights aboard, but maybe not for the applications you are thinking of. They don’t necessarily create the most attractive mood lighting, but they do have their use aboard. We have our entire engine room lit by them making diagnosing issues so much easier when you can see everything. We also like to light deep cabinets so we can easily find what we’re looking for. You can also hook them up so that they only are on when you open the door so its not using power unecessarily.
Energizer Rechargable Batteries
Traditional batteries can be a pain in the butt. They always die at the worst possible time, and create such waste. We recently switched to rechargable batteries and they have been great! The charger can charge both AA and AAA (but not at the same time) which is really convenient.
Anker Charging Products
We LOVE Anker chargers so much. They are very compact and charge our phones super fast. We always have one in our bag for shore excursions. You can get multiple charges on one device as well. We’ve turned so many people on to this brand, will you be next? A lot of their products are included in Amazon’s Black Friday deals – some nearly 50% off – so its time to stock up!
Deals for Kids
Magnetic blocks are great toys for life aboard and traveling. You don’t have to worry about their creations falling with a passing wake or if you hit a little turbulence. I love coupling these with a baking sheet or one of those old school metal lunch boxes for the perfect building surface.
Kindle Fire Kids EditionScreen time is a very debated subject when it comes to kids, but there are definitely times when a tablet comes in handy. This device comes with their 2-year worry free guarantee. If it breaks for any reason, they will replace it. It also comes with 1 year of FreeTime Unliited which gives access to over 20,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
I’m not here to argue the many benefits of baby wearing, but if you have an infant aboard, a wrap can really come in handy! I was hesitant to buy one at first because I was intimidated by all the fabric, but once I got the hang of it I was hooked. For Black Friday, the grey Boba Wrap is on sale. Snag one of these up if you are expecting or know someone who is!
These amazing hoodies were on deal for Amazon Prime Day as well, and if you missed out now is the time to snag one up! The deals are even better this weekend! These hoodies brilliantly transform from a sweatshirt to a stuffed animal – two products in one! They are perfect for travel or small spaces. They can be worn if your child is cold, used as a pillow for sleeping on the plane/train/auto/while underway, and played with at other times. We love these on our boat!