Originally Posted by Goldfinger
Need to replace the mixer tap in the galley. Is there any difference between those chrome-plated brass faucets in the hardware store and those in the chandlery? The hardware has a better range and a slightly better price.
Couple years ago we did a remodel of our house and bought new faucets for the kitchen and a bath. About that time, I also replaced one of the more used/worn pull-out faucets on our '88 model boat. I had to pay around $200. for a new Grohe marine galley faucet that appears equal to the original Grohe model I was replacing. While there are lots of cheapie ones for under $100, they are mostly poor alloy metal with thin chrome. I have seen these on other boats and would rather buy one that's good for another 30 years.
Interestingly, the new quality ones for the home were in the same price range or more. (!)
I did not pay full list for any of these parts, but could not find a particularly steep discount either.
An aside: Someone mentioned their sink. We removed our original one and had it buffed and polished to a mirror finish at a local metal polishing shop. Cheaper by far than replacing it, and besides there is little on the market at any price that would fit the boat as well. It looks great now - probably last the life of the boat.
FWIW, our boat was built by a higher-end builder and they did indeed install good quality parts everywhere... but time, use, and sea air do take their toll.
Hardware in our land houses has a much easier existance in comparison. (So it really irks me when some shiny new $40. household bathroom tap has it's chrome finish blister within a year! Sheesh.)