I've been using Garhauer blocks for about 4 years now. For the most part, they are EXCELLENT. I did have a problem with the 80 series triple blocks that I purchased for my main sheet. The lines would jump out of the chases when on a broad reach to run and light winds. It would make it extremely difficult (and potentially dangerous) to try and sheet in any to assist with a jibe.
I talked with Doug (Felgenhauer) and his father at the Oakland boat show
in '05, and we discussed this problem. I looked at their newer model and it had larger cheeks to prevent the lines from 'falling' off. I told them that since I would be passing by their shop, I would stop in and drop them off to either be modified to their current
model, or to have them replaced. I have two sets of these.
Doug wouldn't take both sets. Only the one that was new, he kept the new set and eventually, his father made a new set and they were sent to me. I've pretty much dropped any request for repair/upgrade/replacement for the used set. They will be come an emergency
back up. I'm not sure how I feel about the used set not being addressed. It was kind of difficult to get Mark to respond, but, they did and I got the replacement for the un-used set. Doug's father (I don't remember his name) was willing (at the boat show) to replace both sets. Apparently Doug didn't agree. ::shrug:::
In general, I think their quality is as good as any of the majors; and, that is the bottom line for most cruisers. Their prices are well below that of the majors; also the bottom line for most cruisers.
Jentine - You can call and talk to Doug at 909-985-9993, or write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org