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Garhauer are have stainless side plates and aluminum handles. I have the three original 31 year old clutches port (double + single) and a new triple on starboard. They have never given any trouble or damaged any line by snags or teeth or slippage. elegance, i see the followingGenerally I like Garhauer, but I do find there gear to be heavy and lack the engineering and design finesse of the harken and spinlocks of the world. The clutch in the picture looks rather agricultural, with the flat aluminum side and exposed nuts.
OK. This IS posted in a racing forum, so I'll address it from that point of view. And note I did say I like the stuff.Garhauer are have stainless side plates and aluminum handles. I have the three original 31 year old clutches port (double + single) and a new triple on starboard. They have never given any trouble or damaged any line by snags or teeth or slippage. elegance, i see the following
Garhauer triple $144 line size 5/16" to 9/16" 72 oz.
Lewmar triple $193 line size 3/8" t 7/16" ? oz.
Spinlock triple $240 line size 1/4" to 1/2" 23.5 oz.
$144 looks pretty elegant to me! And my 31 year old clutches look almost as good and the new one. Garhauer has told me that if one of their clutches ever fails, I can send it to them for repair for a minimal charge.
I do not know about other skippers but that curvy shape and saving a couple of pounds does not float my boat but $100 sure does.
Like I said, I like the the stuff as a product, its just not for me.As you say there are always tradeoffs. The boat in question is a Hunter 340 which is never going to be a light weight flyer even if all of the hardware, mast and rigging was made out of weightless Unatainium.
I enjoy racing and try to win my fair share of races but I do not try to complete with the sport boats. I would rather save 2 pounds by keeping the $100 difference in my pocket and telling the crew that the post race beer is in the cooler back at the dock.