Hewes restoration/rebuild........ stainless or bronze?

BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,189 Admiral
Here is my rebuild thread I have started if you are interested-
http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?51026-One-mans-dreamboat-Flats-boat-overhaul!-(-Hewes-Redfisher-)

Now, my next question is about the through hull fittings and plumbing. I want everything to match and look as sharp as possible, but at the same time be the best long term chioce. It looks like I can get the through hull fittings, plumbing and seacocks/ball valves in either bronze or stainless. And it looks like stainless is a bit more expensive, but I take it would hold up better longer? What are your opinions on bronze verses stainless? On another hand, I want to use parts that are easy to find, but it looks like the stainless stuff is almost all specail order. Please give me your thoughts!
Tony Eden-
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  • SCFD rtrd.SCFD rtrd. Posts: 1,386 Officer
    Don't have any experience with SS stuff, but my boat is 13 years old and all the thru-hulls and seacocks are bronze. The ball valves inside the bronze seacocks are stainless. I think SS thru-hulls above the water line look sharp. But for below the water line, my money is on bronze.
  • PipefitterPipefitter Posts: 135 Officer
    If your boat lives on a trailer, the difference is really minimal.
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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,189 Admiral
    Thanks for the info guys! I decided to keep it simple and go with all bronze. I got apollo fittings and Groco ball valves.
    Tony Eden-
    Certified, licsensed and insured, Marine Electronics and rigging master, and "Dream boat" build winner with 20 years of professional experience.
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  • XXXXXX Posts: 160 Officer
    Is this the same boat that was going to be all militatrized out????? What happened? Changed your mind? Pockets got a little shallower than expected?Its understandable. Boats will drain you quick of your cash.
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,189 Admiral
    Oh, its definately thinning the pockets..... but no change of plans. I have been absolutely slammed at work this spring, so my own project has been on the back burner. But Im now in full speed to get this thing done! I actually scheduled several days next week for just me and her.
    Check out the thread link I posted, shes well underway now.
    Tony Eden-
    Certified, licsensed and insured, Marine Electronics and rigging master, and "Dream boat" build winner with 20 years of professional experience.
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    Over 80 seperate, recent reviews from captains on this forum-
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  • HookerUPHookerUP Posts: 61 Deckhand
    If you need Hewes stuff, Marine Liquidators in Ft. Pierce has a large selection of parts since the factory is around the corner. They also have the ss and bronze well pickups. They got a few grand from my stalker rebuild.
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