Like any woman, a boat needs her shiny baubles to help her feel special. I personally prefer older stuff, vintage, antique, or what-ever you want to call it. The older it is, the more character it has and the more stories it seems to tell. This goes for both real jewelry or for boat jewelry.
While there are some things I will not buy used, but that is for safety’s sake, I prefer vintage for the rest. Lights, vents, and other non-essential pieces. As such I picked up a wonderful bronze mushroom vent for Flirt’s lazarette hatch. It’s size would have cost me several hundred dollars new, but was less than a crisp Franklin on ebay.
It is right now soaking in Vinegar to get off years of paint and corrosion, but it is going to be very pretty all polished up and sitting on a brightly finished mahogany hatch.. warts and all as it has several casting “flaws” that add to it’s character.
And of course the Mahogany that is going to be built into the lazarette hatch. I found an old local sawmill that if way off of the beaten path that actually does work in boat trimming. They had some wonderfully clear mahogany planks that we had planed down from 5/4 to one inch and will soon be tongue and grooved together to form one solid hatch.
Again, it is so nice to be doing positive work!