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Bud Taplin
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Randy, You should only consider replacing any shrouds that show starting of cracks on the swage fittings, or any obviously broken strands. My experience has been that even some rigging over 20 years old has not shown the start of cracks on the swages. Attribute that to the proper swaging machine. The rigging shop I use has the same machine that was used to swage most of the original rigging back in the 1970's. It would probably be a good idea to replace the bobstay and boomkin stays, as the lower ends of those are immersed in salt water much of the time while under way. I do prefer swaged eye ends, and chrome bronze turnbuckle bodies, with stainless toggle ends. Seem to last the longest, and are always easily adjusted, without the galling problem associated with stainless center barrels. No reason for turnbuckles at the top, as you could not easily adjust them, and besides, there is no need for them.

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