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I'd third the recommendation for the Boye Knife... they're rustproof, since the blade isn't made of steel, but cobalt carbide... and in tests by Practical Sailor, they have consistently come in as the best for cutting line, especially high-tech lines.
However, if your boyfriend is prone to losing things, then a Boye Knife is a bad idea, since they're fairly expensive. However, if he isn't prone to losing things, they're the best choice IMHO. They open easily one-handed either left or right... they come with a titanium shackle key/marlinspike, a pocket clip, and a decent lanyard loop...
As for PFDs, I highly recommend the Spinlock DeckVest, especially if he is going to be sailing in colder waters or off-shore at all. It has some features that many other integrated PFD/harnesses don't, like a spray hood, integrated strobe and safety whistle.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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