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Re: O'day 25 New Member

Originally Posted by scurvy View Post
Love Garhauer!! They single handedly outfitted my Sabre 28. Beautiful Boom Vang and all the blocks, new traveler. They are outstanding aren't they?
When I converted my Nico-Fico traveller to a combination Nico-Garhauer unit, I called Garhauer. The person that answered the phone asked what I wanted, and I said a custom traveler. She transferred me and I spoke directly with Guido. (Wouldn't it be nice if you could call any other company; say a car dealership, and speak with the owner.)

At first I think that Guido thought that I was nuts for not using a complete Garhauer system. I explained that the track was in place for 25 years, didn't have any leaks where it connected to the coachroof, and I had already spent over $500 bucks on a new (actually NOS) Nico-Fico traveler car with double blocks. Guido said that he would have made me an entire system for what I paid for the car, but he understood. He then figured out exactly what I needed, and said that I would have it in a couple of weeks.

After a couple of weeks, my order had not arrived, so I called back, and couldn't reach Guido. "He was out of the office," I was told. Then I did a little googling and learned that his wife had just passed away.

The next week I received a call from Guido, apologizing for the delay. I told him that I completely understood, and expressed my condolences. He was gracious, but said that I would receive my order by the next week. Tuesday morning, I received a box with brand new beautifully polished stainless traveler blocks, for less money than another well respected source's "clearance" price. The upgrade is one of the best things that I have done to the boat.

Ya, Garhauer IS outstanding!

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