Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Garhauer Products In New Zealand"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Garhauer Products In New Zealand
We are very proud to be the Australasian agents for Garhauer USA and have been for the past two years. The products are top quality and excellent value for money.
We were very interested to read on this Westsail message board that a member believed the rigid boom vang for her boat (RV20-1) would be US$900 plus freight from the USA. Can we assure you that if you have a temporary import permit the total cost including freight would be NZ$1126.31. It would take about 4 weeks to be made and sent to NZ, whether you purchase it direct from the USA or through us.
Here was the posting:
OK, so it sounds as if we'll be going for one. Only problem with getting a Garhauer in NZ is that agent seems to be a yachtie who just imports them to order, so one for our boat is about US$900 PLUS freight from USA and is indented to order, so a bit of a wait! All I can imgine is that he is buying at retail & adding margin to that. This makes it way more expensive than other brands, so short of importing one myself to save a few boat units, can anyone recommend another brand which I can try in the hope they may have a more sensible reseller approach?
However, we would like to challenge her comment about 'a more sensible reseller approach'.
We endeavour to give great service and to do this we hold over 800 blocks in stock, so unless a custom made product is required, we can normally supply straight away.
Garhauer USA's motto is "Dollar for dollar, absolutely the best marine hardware you can buy anywhere". We have not added on huge margins so we can keep the end cost extremely reasonable and to emulate our parent company, we too are only selling direct at wholesale prices from our website and at boat shows.
We do however face massive freight and importing costs from the USA. These are costs no company can absorb.
We are a yachting family and our knowledge of this industry helps us to better meet the needs of like minded people. We have helped many overseas boat owners with Garhauer gear while they have had their boats in NZ and look forward to continuing to do this.
Garhauer Marine Hardware -NZ
P O Box 317, PAIHIA
Bay of Islands 0252
Phone +64 9 402 6231
Fax +64 9 402 624
Download new catalog (24MB) on http://www.garhauer.co.nz/GarCat06-1cd.pdf
or email us to request a copy
Lou, Glad to hear that you are an agent for Garhauer in Australia. I will certainly recommend anyone in your area inquiring about Garhauer parts to contact you. I have known Bill and Guido since they started in business supplying parts for Westsail back in about 1972.
Lou, I said Australia in the previous post, but should have said New Zealand. Sorry about that.