Back in 2010 I bought a wooden boat that needed a bit of love and attention as they all seem to do. Thus began my quest for some marine grade fasteners, specifically silicon bronze, that I could use for refastening planks to frames.
After spending nearly every penny I had on the yacht itself, and needing to maintain a bit of a kitty for cruising her across the Pacific, I was lured in by dishonest products and bought the cheapest silicon bronze wood screws and carriage bolts that I could find. They arrived by mail, and I got to driving them in but I quickly found out that Benjamin Franklin couldn't have been more correct when he said,
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."
Benjamin Franklin was right. I had been screwed!
The heads seemingly stripped at the miniscule breath of wind movement thrown off by my driver bit! The screw bodies twisted off where the thread met the unthreaded portion of the body. Were these even silicon bronze like I had ordered? It seems I was taken for a fool. About half of the fasteners I bought were useless.
I set out to fix the problem of poor quality fasteners.
Long after that lesson in miserliness, and having logged enough miles at sea to round the globe a few times I've settled in Newport, Rhode Island and have opened Fair Wind Fasteners.
We're not the cheapest, but we do provide the best. I've travelled around the globe and received numerous fastener samples from manufacturers and have chosen only the best to be carried here at Fair Wind.
At this point in time the marine industry has welcomed us with open arms, and we now supply not only high quality silicon bronze fasteners, but have expanded in to copper and 316 Stainless Steel fasteners in order to serve a larger portion of the marine market. We're regularly supplying boatbuilding companies, boatbuilding colleges, and factory OEMs with quality marine fasteners, but will always give the same attention and service to a DIYer, because that's how we started!