We made our initial foray into traditional hardware as it became increasingly obvious that the quality we insisted on for our own boats was no longer available. We carved and mounted our own foundry patterns, so that we could have the oarlocks and rudder fittings we needed cast in silicon bronze. The castings are produced here in Maine, and the machining is done right in our shop as time in our building schedule allows.
The line we have all seen is "prices subject to change without notice," but we all know they never, ever, decrease. Raw materials, labor and even shipping charges are climbing steadily to no one's advantage. We have never increased prices lightly, and never will. So despite the seeming inevitably of increases, rest assured that you will find that our hardware is a true value–something that in itself is rare enough these days.