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Schaefer 1 1/4" & Rig-rite

I own a 1977 Islander 36 that I sail arround my home port in the east cost of Spain. The thing is that one of my 30 year old Shaefer 1 1/4" traveller control ends has broken due to a tack in heavy weather.

I ordered both new ends (Sch 73-87L and 73-88R) to Rige-rite on march 3rd and I have received another e-mail this week telling me for the 3rd time that there is a delay in production for another 3 to 4 weeks.

The questions are:
Has anyone experience with Rig-Rite, Inc?
Should I wait for another 4 weeks?
Does anyone know of another supplier of main traveller control ends for a Schaeffer 1 1/4" T track?
Has anyone tryied fitting Harken 3170 1 1/4" control ends on a Schaeffer T track?
I see that the track is diferent but I can try adjusting it with a file.


Thanks in advance.

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I dealt with Rig-Rite once. They seem to keep customers away from anyone that knows anything (i.e. there is no way to call and ask for technical advice etc), sales girl on the phone was clueless and unpleasant and basically they seem to want you to pick items from their messy catalog on your own, call, give them item number, pay and then go away forever.

They are presumably a sole supplier for certain older items, so they may be unavoidable. Personally I would not use them again unless I have to (in that case I did not have to as it turned out - the sheaves they stock did not work out, however they don't take returns)
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I had a different experience...

When I delt with Rig-rite, when I had questions I got a call back from the knowldegeable person that helped me straigten out the bits I needed.

I can't say that I love their customer service plan but my experience dealing with them was successful.
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And what about fitting a Harken Big Boat traveler control on the Schaefer track?

Has anyone done this?
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I had to buy a fitting for a whisker pole from them and feel that
the price(s) they charge are highway robbery. Something that should
have cost $60 was $200. An exit plate for a halyard was $10 (a tiny piece
of plastic). No online purchases or prices either. You have to call them for
a price.

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You could try Garhauer as they make gear to fit a fairly wide range of OEM tracks. Also, you could try Schaeffer.
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Gees guys, hasn't any body tried Harken to Schaefer 1 1/4" before?

I'm just gona fly my french made spinnaker till I crash on the other side of the Med sea!
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Did you try calling Garhauer??? If not, quit your whining and STFU. If you're too {insert various derogatory adjectives here} to listen to advice... you don't really deserve help.

Garhauer is a company that has done work with making end cars for track other than their own. I have genoa cars on Schaefer track from them. Garhauer's customer service is far better than RigRite's from what I've seen.
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Gees again, the STFU sounds a bit harsh but I think your advice is the way to go so I'll try.

It's Just that I didn't see traveler control ends on their web.
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That's why I said to call them. They have complete traveler systems on their website, but if you want something custom and hybrid, you have to call them.
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