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About Bristol Bronze

Those of us who own traditional/classic yachts face a perplexing problem. The manufacturers of traditional bronze fittings are either out of business or have switched their lines to aluminum and stainless steel to accommodate the fiberglass boat market.

All too often a traditional/classic boat owner must compromise. Frequently, deteriorated fittings must be retained during a restoration and safety thereby jeopardized. Exacting reproductions are often less than completely authentic because aluminum or stainless steel fittings must be used in place of the original bronze.

Recently some large discount marine supply houses have begun to import very poor quality fittings cast in brass. The casting is usually done in Third World nations in a high lead content brass. This material is very weak compared to Bronze and does not stand up well in a marine environment.

It is unfortunate that modern fittings, although very functional, are designed to be mass produced and lack the grace and aesthetics of earlier designs.

Bristol Bronze will continue to expand the number and variety of the bronze fittings that we produce for as long as the boating community is interested in reproducing/restoring yachts of classic design. In addition to the fittings in this catalog Bristol Bronze is also capable of custom design and manufacturing.

Most of the fittings that Bristol Bronze produces are illustrated on the following pages.

 

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