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Jim Focha and Julie Gwin

We began to change over to Garhaur as soon as we discovered them. I have no idea how old some of it is but it has held up perfectly. This is with 14 years on the Pacific coast and two years in Mexico. In Mexico the boat was seldom washed down as we were anchored out virtually all the time. We had no unusual staining and everything cleaned up just like new when we got home. We?ve had only one failure on a block which was our fault. Garhaur replaced it even though the original purchase date could not be determined. We replaced our Harkin traveler and the Garhaur was definitely superior. The corrosion on the Harken was unbelievable. The Garhaur traveler still has NO corrosion. We do oversize our hardware which we would do with any manufacture. Our last items are the running backstays. The blocks will be Garhaur and the stay will be Amsteel synthetic line.

The sea of Cortez is one of the highest salinity areas in the world and if the hardware holds up there it should be fine anywhere. I noticed a lot of our long distance cruising friends use Garhaur. Specifically a couple who have been cruising for 20 years and he is a boat builder/shipwright. While this is just my opinion and I?m not a rigging expert it is based an a little experience.

Jim


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