In the Olympics, Bronze comes tertiary to Gold and Silver. Still a (once) precious metal, it manages to garner respect for those that manage to cross the finish just behind those that win and almost win. On a boat, you cannot beat Bronze for it’s ability to withstand saltwater.
Yes, Bronze will tarnish and discolour with time and exposure, going from a warm golden hue to a dark green to almost black, but that is all it does. Unlike gold and silver though, it is stronger and more robust (not that silver does not have a place on some ships)
Flirt is going to have her fair share of Bronze aboard her. As of today I now have all five pieces of her required navigation lights in bronze. The Starboard and Port lights, Steaming Light, anchor/masthead light, and now her stern light. All but one of these are Wilcox Crittenden pieces and can sometimes be very hard to come by (the masthead light is a perko unit that I intend to convert to LED for anchoring)
Flirt came to me with a few Bronze Bits and bobs already attached to her. Fixed Portholes, Cleats, thruhulls, and her winches. Most of those parts will get replaced with newer bronze pieces I trust. While I do prefer to refurbish and reuse older stuff, things like Thruhulls need to be brand new and trustworthy before I install them. They are all that sit between my Sprite floating on the surface and sinking to the bottom.
Other parts Like the cleats are being replaced to a more traditional “Herreshoff” pattern while at the same time being enlarged in size and doubled up (Flirt only had a single bow and a single stern cleat) and the Portholes are being replaced with opening models to let in more fresh air on those hot and muggy summer days (anybody who has been below in a ‘glass boat with the sun beating down can attest to how hot they can get inside) and will be coupled with opening mushroom vents for maximum ventilation.
And while all the bronze will be polished up before being installed, I will gladly allow it to age to a nice mellow green with time