Spring Bling by Ryan

  Craft-Revival - Grand Rapids, MI

For those of you in Michigan, it's time to start pulling boats out of storage and hitting the water! Those following us here at First Mate are obviously of the most discriminating taste. We know you have have spent much time, money, and energy getting your boat looking tip-top. A fresh buff, wax, and detailing doesn't come cheap, but it makes the ride all the more enjoyable and pride-filled. There's nothing better than seeing the sun glisten off the shining white hulls for the first time in that glowing spring sunshine.

Of course, all that money spent on blingin' your ride is for nothing if you don't look good yourself! That's why I suggest you reward yourself for your hard work by swinging in and talking to the artisan jewelers at Craft-Revival in Grand Rapids, MI. These guys will help you stand out on the docks by putting some custom made shine on for the season! They can also help you give a truly unique and amazing gift for your boating friend, lover, or partner.

Specializing in high quality hand made pieces in almost any metal you can think of, these guys are truly at the top of their game. I have personally had a couple of rings made by Jason & the guys and their attention to detail is absolutely stellar. Nothing will match the shine of your yacht like the sparkle of a couple fresh diamonds and some white gold!

From their website...

"We create jewelry that is made for you, not sold to you. Mix any of our available precious metals with any stone or pearl from around the world and create a one of a kind ring or pendant. Other products include a wide variety of bridal sets and engagement rings, cuff links, belt buckles and broaches. Aside from our constantly evolving Craft-Revival signature selection, we are able to create finished custom pieces made just for you. If you do not see exactly what you are looking for, present your idea and challenge us!"

Jason at Craft-Revival is also a licensed importer of rare animal pelts and skins. I personally drool over the amazing selection of stingray wallets and clutches, gator skin briefcases, eel money clips, and custom iPad cases on display. Nothing would make your dock-mates more jealous than a custom gator skin fighting chair!

So go ahead and let your imagination run wild this spring. Match a cocktail ring to your sweet new hull pin-striping, protect your teak aft cockpit dining table with hand sewn stingray coasters (Steve Irwin will thank you), or get your boat's name engraved into a new custom platinum ring inset with any stone or pearl you desire. Custom cuff-links to match would be perfect! Whatever you do, tell the guys at Craft-Revival that First Mate sent you!

You can find Craft-Revival in their convenient downtown location in the historic Tannery-Row district on Ionia Ave in Grand Rapids, MI. A map and other contact information is available on their website. Go ahead and give them a call. Your deserve to look as good as your yacht!

16 ionia ave sw suite 2

grand rapids, mi 49503

P. 616.678.3650

F. 616.678.3650



High Class on the Mega Yacht Docks - Pierre Hardy High Heeled Boat Shoes by Ryan

Thanks to Luxist for the pointer. For the classy boater with discriminating taste, have performance with non-slip razor siped soles and make your legs look good! Pierre Hardy High-Heeled Boat Shoes"Pierre Hardy wants women to take preppy chic to a whole new level. While the traditional boat shoe provides comfort and an effortlessly classic flair, Hardy's High-Heeled Boat Shoes ($1109)offers casual sexiness and unique appeal.

Styled in black pebbled leather and decorated with contrasting white stitching, brown leather laces, and a golden buckle, these leather heelsmaintain their classic aura but with a modern update. Hardy's High-Heeled Boat Shoes are just shy of four inches, so you'll get height, but hopefully the rugged rubber sole will counterbalance the pressure on the balls of your feet.

Pair with loose fitting shorts and a linen button down shirt for a casual, yet polished look."

Parks Bonifay Edition MasterCraft X-Star by Trevor

The "Parks" Edition is the only boat truly befitting of the rockstar/pro-wakeboarder image. This boat is big, powerful, comfortable, and has more "flair" than a Chotchkie's Waitress.  Kid Rock wants to hit some double-ups and you want to make a good impression? This is what you need.

The boat has very cool black graphics (white is available) with orange accents, and there is no doubt the stature of your PARKS edition will be recognized immediately by all on the water. The design in the carpets, the premium seats, and all the finishes in the boat really makes it feel like a step above and very durable.

The boat is powered by an Ilmor engine, a recent partnership that will differentiate MasterCraft from other tow boats around. Ilmor has a very illustrious heritage of building engines, and not only will this give a lot of  credibility for the casual buyer to see big name, as well as a motor that parts and service are easy to find.

Other key features include the B.I.G. dashboard computer, giving you plenty of information on your tunes, ballast, engine and environment. The video camera built into the tower ensures you are always on film. Also, buying the boat comes with a free day on the water with Parks, as well as Ronix wakeboard, and either tour of Ronix or MasterCraft factory.  All in all, it is a pretty good deal.

Surprisingly, MasterCraft doesn't have too much available online for this boat spec-wise, but we put everything we could find under the video.

The worlds best wakeboarders train and compete behind the worlds best wakeboard boat, the MasterCraft X-Star. In fact, the X-Star is the only boat used by the Pro Wakeboard Tour! For 2011 MasterCraft has unveiled the all new Parks Bonifay Edition X-Star. Built on the proven MasterCraft AP-1 hull design this boat is set to pull you to your all time personal best right out of the box! The 2011 MasterCraft Parks Edition X-Star comes equipped with the following

1. Parks Edition Custom Wrap in your choice of White or Black 2. Custom Parks Edition Snap Out Carpet 3. Custom Parks Edition Steering Wheel Center Cap 4. Powder Coated Tower to Match Wrap 5. Fiberglass Swim Platform with Parks Edition Platform Pad 6. Parks Edition Speakers and Grills 7. Parks Edition Interior 8. ZFT5 Power Tower or ZFT3 Tower Available 9. 6.0, 6.2 or Supercharged LSA Engine

Each Parks Edition X-Star comes loaded with a complete Parks Bonifay set up from Ronix Wakeboards including

1. Ibex-ATR Edition Parks Wakeboard 2. Relik Wakeboard Boots 3. Koal Black Wake Surfboard 4. R8-80 Parks Edition Wakeboard Rope 5. Parks Edition Volt Wakeboard Handle

These boats are limited edition and custom built to order. Midwest MasterCraft is now accepting orders for the all new 2011 Parks Bonifay Edition MasterCraft X-Star!

Length: 22' 3''
Length with platform: 24' 5"
Width amidship: 100"
Length with trailer: 25' 5"
Length with sa tongue: 24'
Length trailer single axle: n/a
Length trailer tandem axle: n/a
Weight: 4,250 lbs.
Single axle trailer weight: n/a
Tandem axle trailer weight: 1,240 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 53 Gallons
Depth transom: 28"
Depth amidship: 32"
Draft: 28"
Tow bar height to waterline: n/a
Capacity: 12 Persons or 1,770 lbs.
Model name length: 22'
Boat height: 107" *

iPad For Your Next Charter by Ryan

Jared Paul Stern at Luxist just posted about Lürssen's awesome new iPad integration into their $600,000 Solemate charter package. Stern writes... The captain hands each guest their own iPad upon boarding, which remains theirs for the duration of the voyage. Via the device they can control the shipboard entertainment and climate systems, adjust the blinds and lights in their cabins, and even summon a crewmember to bring more cocktails.

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