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Re: Cheap boat parts?
You don't want or need cheap, you want or need inexpensive.
Used may not be as inexpensive as you think - you don't know the history and can't do non-destructive testing (x-ray's and acid tests) cheaply at home.
MarkSF said it first, I'll say it again. Garhauer.
I've got 14 years of reading every single copy of Practical Sailor magazine (no ads, honest testing). Garhauer wins every time for strong, reliable, built to last and is ALMOST always the #1 rated for budget buy because of that.
They are the heaviest, they are not the prettiest, and they are seldom made of space age polymers and carbon bucky ball stuff with goo. They work, they are inexpensive, and they have excellent customer service.
I get no thrill from champagne and no kickback from Garhauer.
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