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Smile Sailing Gifts, Given and Received

We're a few hours ahead of others, so here's a report on sailing gifts given and received today.

I gave the wife and kids each a Silva L4 headlamp, with 3 white leds and one red led. It's cool that they can be used on night crossings without damaging night vision. I mentioned they are very good for reading at night, especially on Atlantic crossings on boats without major electrical systems.

I gave the wife a Southwest Spain and Portugal Cruising Companion from Yachting Monthly. I also gave her a Maglight torch for the boat.

The wife gave me Don Casey's Complete Sailboat Maintenance Manual (six books in one).

My son gave his mum a folding bucket for the boat from the Earl's Court Boatshow.

A friend from work gave us a Wooden boat calendar.

The one gift I didn't give was a Contessa 26 for the wife, so she could single-hand without us, and I was a bit surprised by how much she thought that would be a good idea... Here's the boat I shared with her as an option:

Contessa Boats for sale UK, Contessa Used boat sales, Contessa Sailing Yachts For Sale Contessa 26 - Apollo Duck

(It sold quite quickly...)

So, what other sailing gifts were given or received today?
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Santa brought me a rigging knife and a 3' X 5' Yacht Ensign. It will look great on the stern...someday
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I got a sailboat ornament for our tree.
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Tickets and hotel reservations to Chicago next month for the express purpose of meeting sailnet folks at the boat show - for two.
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I rec'd a new blindingly white 110% yankee-cut jib; and gave Dan a new blindingly white main!
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I got the Explorer charts of the Bahamas and the Yachtsman's guide to the Bahamas. I guess there are no excuses not to go now

I bought the wife a pink leatherman...
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the kids got me a gift card to West Marine. The wife and I are buying each other a brass lantern for the cabin.
Merry Christmas to all!
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My wife gave me an absolutely unique and wonderful gift. Unbeknownst to me, she took one of my CDs containing hi-res pictures of our most recent trip to Maine, selected 12 of the best shots, and had Shutterfly make up a calendar.

It's gorgeous, mostly because she has a great eye and a little because I used to be a professional photog and can still take a decent shot or two :-)

Great present to enjoy all year. Don't know what it cost, but whatever it's worth it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.

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Got some west marine gift cards from my parents and sister, along with a neat little quick reference card on sail trim and tuning your rig.

While not sailing related, I the g/f got a sparkling new engagement ring!!! She definitely deserved it after buying a boat with me last month. I figure any girl that will buy you a boat is definitely a keeper. It was a VERY good Christmas!
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13 year old daughter gave us a coupon good for "One week on the boat, whine-free."
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