Father’s Day can be a tough one. Sure, you could just pick him up another tie or “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug – he probably wouldn’t make a fuss. But why not get him something useful this year? After all, we’re talking about the guy who probably taught you how to tie a clove hitch, play catch, build your first aircraft kit, and likely a thing or two about being your best. Your dad knows nothing spoils a day on the water like squinting in the sun. So why not pick up a pair of good sunglasses to cut down on glare while also increasing your old man’s style. Because sunglasses are one of the most important pieces of boating gear we figured why not highlight the pairs consistently at the top of everyone’s ‘best’ list.
- Costa Del Mar Jose: These are in the top spot despite the fact that these glasses have a slightly higher price tag because the optics are just plain life changing. The world almost looks more lifelike than it does to the naked eye. We recommend the Green Mirror lenses as they are best at piercing through the ocean’s glare and giving a sometimes breathtakingly clear, contrast-filled view of the world below.
- Maui Jim’s PureAir: This series combines the company’s ultralight MauiPure lens (a super-clear, non-glass material) technology with a lightweight frame. The result is a pair of sunglasses that you can wear comfortably all day.
- Ronstan’s Windshift: These sunglasses were designed for sailors. They are on the low end of the price spectrum, but still have polarized gray lenses that are self-darkening – cool! Drop them in the drink? That’s OK – they float!
- Tints: For the dad who loses (or “misplaces”) their sunglasses on a regular basis. Classic style, polarized lenses, bamboo temples – all for under $50.
- Gill Sense Bifocal: No more juggling between reading glasses and sunglasses. Gill’s polarized bifocal sunglasses are the perfect solution for outdoor enthusiasts, and allow you to leave your readers at home. Like Gill eye wear, this new style is designed to float for an easy rescue. They are available in +1.5. and +2.5 strengths.
When it comes down to it, he will love anything you get for him, Dad’s are easy like that! But, if sunglasses aren’t his style, or his shades are already up to snuff, what about a gift card? Van Isle Marina gift cards can be purchased from the Marina Office or the Fuel Dock for any denomination. They can be used towards Fuel, Haul-Outs, Detailing, Moorage and much more.