It was too wet, too windy, too rough and too cold to head outside to go fishing, or hiking or dock walking... and that's unusual. A boat beautification project beckoned - well no, that was actually step three.
First came the assessment that the brass instruments in the pilothouse were ugly, heavily tarnished, probably beyond recovery.
Next was the price check in the West Marine catalog for replacement items of equivalent size and quality. Oh, my!
THEN came the Brasso and elbow grease episode. The three pieces now look suitably spiffy, sporting a patina of experienced service instead of the tarnish of neglect.