I am about to replace all of the non-redundant skin fittings (through hulls) on our boat
(and glass over the redundant holes) but I am struggling to find a local source of any of the reputable brands of fitting.
Whitworths have some ok looking bronze
fittings, but unfortunately the word China
stamped on the side of them is making me just a little nervous (it may be unjustified concern, but I have had trouble with Chinese metalurgy in the past and I just don't want to risk it with such critical components.)
I have read the threads on CF about the pros and cons of brands such as Groco, Spartan etc, all of these brands appeal to me for different reasons. However, I cannot find distributors of ANY of these better brands in Australia
. I have googled lots and made many many phone
calls, including to wholesalers, but with no luck. One of the wholesale distributors told me they no longer bring in one of the better brands as they were so pricey nobody was buying
them. Well, I am less concerned about price
and more concerned about staying afloat.
So can anyone point me at a distributor in Australia
who carries a reasonable range of known quality skin fittings and seacocks, in the range of sizes from half inch through to 1.5 inch?
Failing that, an online distributor who you have found to be reliable and who is willing to send parcels internationally to Aus would certainly help.