Gift Ideas

Gabe Buckley -- Boat Washer turned Artist by Trevor

Gabe Buckley has been around Bay Harbor for 6 years now, running Northern Retreat Property Management. Gabe has washed a few boats in his day, but is now focusing more on his artistic talents. He is quite a painter, and his work was recently featured on the cover of the area's Dining Guide. Look out for Gabe and his work to be at the Bay Harbor Boat Show, but also in galleries around Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs. You can see more of his work at


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."

Great Line Cleaning Tool for the Do-It-Yourselfer by Ryan

If you want to put together a great tool for a quick line cleaning gadget, head on over to the website and check this out. The tool will cost you about $10.00 and ten minutes to put together and will likely save you a lot of time.

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A Gift Every Boater Needs - First Mate Gift Certificates! by admin

Really stuck on what to get the boater(s) in your life this Christmas?  First Mate Gift Certificates are the answer!  Shoot us an email at or call 248.974.8351 and we will get you a printable gift certificate to put in the stocking! Otherwise, we hope you enjoy your Festivus celebrations tomorrow!

The "Oh, You Shouldn't Have" Gift Idea by admin

Really feeling generous this holiday season?  Maybe in the mood to just buy yourself a gift and skip over everyone else.  What better way to spoil yourself (or your favorite boat washer) than ordering up an 80' Hatteras?

Simply put, our Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht is a world-class design like no other. That's because this ultra-civilized model was conceived by the most qualified group of experts available: Hatteras costumers. While our team of industry-leading engineers and craftsmen put the lines to paper and executed the project to perfection, the 80's true magic comes from the input of experienced yachtsmen who demanded more. More entertainment spaces. More luxury. More alternative layouts. More sophisticated systems. And the 80 delivers in every way. Sleek styling and a generous 21'3" beam contribute to an expansive vessel with exquisite wood cabinetry, arched doors, marble/granite countertops, custom furnishings, and much more - all standard - not optional.

Selfish?  No, nothing could be further from the truth.  You know all of your friends will be stopping over for wine and cheese and want to go cruising.  It really is a gift for them, they just do not know it yet.