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Question Garhauer Traveler MT-UB2 Unit

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Just returned from the Annapolis Show with a deposit on a new Garhauer MT UB2 traveler for our boat. Before I actually call them with specs I wanted to see if anyone has had some experience with their travelers, and more specifically this model.

I also purchased their stainless risers to replace the original teak risers, I think its gonna look sharp and drastically improve our ability to use the darn thing more often. (Currently, under a load I cant budge the sucker, requires tightening the vang or loosening the main sheet )

Again, big kudos to this company, a class act all the way!!!

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i've been looking at the mt-2 which looks a bit beefier. i have a catalina and garhauer has a traveler upgrade kit and this is the model they supply with it. i've been talking to other cat. owners and they all love the garhauer travelers. some have the mt-2 and others have the mt ub2 and they have nothing but positive things to say about either. i don't think you will be disappointed.

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Thanks wc,

So the mt 2 is upgrade from the ub2?

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Stick with the MT-UB2; the control block sheaves on the MT-2 tend to snag the mainsheet if it comes across with a loose sheet (like if you chicken gybe). The MT-UB2 is plenty strong for your needs. You won't believe the heavy build of the risers that will come with the traveler.
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You won't believe the heavy build of the risers that will come with the traveler.
I saw the risers at their display, which made for an easy decision considering how well built they seem and at such competitive pricing. I cant wait to install the thing and test it out

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I installed a MT-UB2 on my Catalina 30 this spring.

A well-designed, well-built piece of hardware..

Beautiful, really....

It works well, haven't had any tangling issues. It operated smoothly in the Foulweather Bluff race last Saturday.

No issues in over 30 knots... I could still trim my reefed main with one hand. I expect that you have more mainsail than me though...

One complaint.. They were late on delivery, and forgot to ship the risers. They seem to be a bit disorganized over there.

Ask for Guido. And pester them occasionally about status.


Oh.. One more thing. How is the new traveler going to work with your dodger? They offer an option, which I used, to add an extra sheeve, and move the cam cleats to the cabin top. That worked well with my (new) dodger.

I can send pictures, if you wish.



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Pictures are always welcome. I am having them add cam cleats in the slot under the sheaves at each end. I am thinking I will base this width measurement for everything else vs. the length of the traveler itself, so the sheet fits through the dodger zipper opening like it does now???

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This is not my boat, and it's the older version of the traveler, but you should get the general idea.

I'll try and dig some more stuff up when I get home, else I will take some more



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No fair reducing your brightwork load, that's cheating!

I also spoke with Garhauer and will be ordering a boom vang from them in the spring. (need to recover from the electronics & winter cover bills)


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I have a six-foot triple block traveller from Garhauer (built by Guido who asked me on the phone where I wanted the through-bolt holes to start!) and I'm installing it this winter.

I love their prices and quality, because I don't give a damn if it weighs 1/2 more than some carbon-fibre whatever. If I raced, it would be different, as in three times the price different.
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