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Any alternative to Rig-Rite for Amiot replacement hardware?

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  1. Rosetta Stone10263

    Rosetta Stone10263

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    12 posts, 0 likes
    Beneteau 440
    US Syracuse, NY Clayton, NY (1000 Islands) NY
    Nothing but crickets from Rig-Rite. I've been trying to find out if my traveler car can be repaired and if not, what the recommended replacement would be. I've tried email, fax and phone. I did get a person on the phone that instructed me to email pictures. Never heard back. Now all I get is automated voicemail. I've got a Beneteau 440 with Amiot 8 wheel traveler with 4:1 purchase. The toggle is missing. End boom MWL at 50 kts is estimated to be 4293 lbs. My track is the 32mm I-Beam, so I'm thinking Harken's 32 mm high load car would work fine as a replacement. Harken's rating is 4500 lbs with a 9000 lbs breaking load. Can anyone concur that my logic is not flawed? Thanks - John.

  2. Alan Gomes

    Alan Gomes

    Joined Nov 22, 2011
    538 posts, 63 likes
    Ericson 26-2
    US San Pedro, CA
    Why not contact Garhauer and see if they can custom fabricate something for you? I had them custom fabricate a part for a fraction of the cost that Rig Rite would have charged.

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  3. JRacer


    Joined Aug 9, 2011
    589 posts, 120 likes
    Beneteau 310
    US Wichita, Kansas Cheney KS (Wichita)
    Check with Harken. When I had to rebuild my traveler on my 310, they told me that their stuff would not work on the Amiot system. Maybe I got bad info but that's what they told me. Replace the whole thing or nothing. I ended up making repairs by fabricating parts and locating suitable substitute parts to replace the worn out stuff - fairleads, sheaves, cleats, etc. I've never had good experiences with Rig-Rite.

  4. Joe


    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,165 posts, 196 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    AFAIK... Harken stuff is proprietary.... cars are exclusive to Harken track. I second the call to Garhauer Marine.

  5. Rosetta Stone10263

    Rosetta Stone10263

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    12 posts, 0 likes
    Beneteau 440
    US Syracuse, NY Clayton, NY (1000 Islands) NY
    Thanks to you all for your advice. Calling Garhauer. John

  6. tedsbeds


    Joined Feb 4, 2007
    80 posts, 0 likes
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    US Somerset,

  7. uncledom


    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    778 posts, 90 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    John, I had Garhauer manufacture a replacement Amiot I beam style aluminum traveler for my Bene 35s5. It was drop in perfect. They will tell you how to measure and will recreate a modern solution that fits and works. I can't say enough good things about them. Glad your already sold on the idea.

  8. Dan_Y


    Joined Oct 13, 2008
    397 posts, 31 likes
    Hunter 36
    US Hampton
    I have purchased several items from Garhauer. A few years ago I wanted a boom car that was an improvement from the one rig rite sold for our '90 h30. Talked to Garhauer about fabing one (simple SS plate with pressed fit axels) and they said they were not interested. They didn't say why.

  9. NYSail


    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    1,569 posts, 45 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    I second the call to Garhauer. Great product with excellent customer service and great pricing. For my last boat I upgraded all stanchions and blocks with their products and when upgrading on my new boat will do the same. Rig Rite has not so friendly customer service.... when I called them last it seemed like I was bothering them.... sort of like a take it or leave it attitude. So I will leave it and send my $$ somewhere else.

    Good Luck!.

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