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Brian Duff

I have found that using Garhauer is false economy. The stainless steel does not last. I know of Garhauer products as young as two years old that have cracked completely apart, resulting in dangerous and very expensive failures. One example is a rigid boom vang on an 06 catalina 42 - another is westsail mainsheet blocks and lazy jack (at mast) blocks on my own boat.
In my opinion the stuff is junk, cheap crap. I have noticed the cheeks on their blocks are too thin, resulting in deformation and failure, the plates for their cam cleats to thin too, the stainless corrodes and cracks resulting in failure. Maybe your boat is not important enough to buy good quality hardware. I suggest waiting until you can afford good stuff before buying more, or buy it used if you can't afford new.

Ask any rigger (that is not a Garhauer dealer) what they think of the hardware. Make sure the rigger works and sails in the area you plan to use your boat, too...

In my opinion, if you need good, economy blocks, use the Harken ESP line of hardware.

Of course, if you are sailing outside the tropics, and religiously avoid high loads by over-sizing or fair weather sailing, the G stuff could last a long time. Rinse often with fresh water too

My 2-cents, spent out of the reserve on hand from buying quality hardware, once

Brian Duff
BVI Yacht Sales

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