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Garhauer E-Z Glide Adjustable Genoa Car System

Has anyone tried, or seen, the Garhauer E-Z Glide Adjustable Genoa Car System?

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Their pictures are not great, but I get the idea. I was looking for something else and ran accross these on their web site. I was thinking of using another system that required the installation of blocks and cleats, with the accompanying hole drilling.

What I like about this system is that it appears that no holes are needed. It is also cheaper and would take up less space on the deck.

What I don't like about it is that, from what I am guessing, it looks like the control line would rub along the side of the car and wear of chafe the line.

For someone who knows, which would I use on a 30 foot boat? I would tend to get the heavy duty one but that might be overkill.

How hard is it to pull the car forward in a good stiff breeze? Does the car slide easily?

Thanks all...
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I just found this page. This guy installed it and likes it, and has some nice pictures.

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I installed the EZ G-2UB system on my boat. Makes it really simple to adjust the position on my 150% genny even in heavier conditions. You could probably get away with the EZG-1UB, since you're boat is a monohull and has less load on the genny due to heeling...

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I replaced the track and car that is used for my storm jib and lapper with one of the Garhauer EX Glides on my 38 footer. I have been very pleased with it so far. I had them customize the end fitting for me so that I have a bit more purchase and can adjust it from the cockpit rather than from the integral camcleat that came standard.

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I replaced the track and car that is used for my storm jib and lapper with one of the Garhauer EX Glides on my 38 footer. I have been very pleased with it so far. I had them customize the end fitting for me so that I have a bit more purchase and can adjust it from the cockpit rather than from the integral camcleat that came standard.

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Thanks SD, nice picture! I'll have to see if I have a 1 inch or 1.24 inch track. The smallest system uses 1 inch track.

Jeff, what mods did you ask for? Do you use the number 2 or the number 3 on your boat?
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I have been looking at these for a while. When I get through a few other projects I will be making this upgrade.

I have found that for nonracing boats Garhauer is the biggest bang for your buck.
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I have found that for nonracing boats Garhauer is the biggest bang for your buck.
Why for non-racing boats?
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Just purchased and replaced my 19 y.o genoa cars with this system last fall. They are great! The cars alone are phenomenal, byt the easyglide system makes it very easy to use, even in heavy winds with a bit too much sail up. The only problem I had was that I initially used too small a line for the adjuster, and in heavy winds the rope slipped in the clutch a little bit. Went up to a 1/4" line and works fine. My 100# wife can easily adjust them from the cockpit. Garhauer makes the car body to fit your track, so if the current trask is fine, just give them the specifications and they will fit your track. I did that with an old Lewmar system and it fits perfectly. Nice roller bearing (top and bottom) cars.

As you may know, Gaurhauer equipment is often heavier than some of the other major manufacturers. I happen to like that the blocks and cars are slightly "overbuilt" and a little heavier, though some of my racing buddies insist that that extra 6 oz makes a difference in winning or loosing a race.... doubt it. Highly recommended.

If you want picture, PM me and I can take some when I am at the boat.
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BTW, the Garhauer genoa fairlead cars only have bearings on the bottom, not the top and bottom as you say. It would add a lot to the cost and do little to the performance to have bearings on the top, since genoa cars are only loaded with an upwards force. There is NO NEED for bearings above the track.

One caveat, the torlon bearings are not held in place by anything more than gravity, so do not remove the rail the cars are shipped on. Butt the rail up to the track, and slide the car from the rail to the track. DAMHIK.


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Just purchased and replaced my 19 y.o genoa cars with this system last fall. They are great! The cars alone are phenomenal, byt the easyglide system makes it very easy to use, even in heavy winds with a bit too much sail up. The only problem I had was that I initially used too small a line for the adjuster, and in heavy winds the rope slipped in the clutch a little bit. Went up to a 1/4" line and works fine. My 100# wife can easily adjust them from the cockpit. Garhauer makes the car body to fit your track, so if the current trask is fine, just give them the specifications and they will fit your track. I did that with an old Lewmar system and it fits perfectly. Nice roller bearing (top and bottom) cars.

As you may know, Gaurhauer equipment is often heavier than some of the other major manufacturers. I happen to like that the blocks and cars are slightly "overbuilt" and a little heavier, though some of my racing buddies insist that that extra 6 oz makes a difference in winning or loosing a race.... doubt it. Highly recommended.

If you want picture, PM me and I can take some when I am at the boat.
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