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Re: new to me 1969 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27
If it was me, I’d get all new rigging before I sail the boat on windy San Francisco Bay. This is not a “home handyman” type of a job – you lack the tooling to do this job.
It could be done by a diligent home handyman if you use mechanical connectors like Norsemans on one (probably deck) end. Get somebody to swage masthead fittings on to wires that are longer than you need, cut them and install the Norsemans to match the length of the old rigging.
Not that this is the necessarily the best way to do it, but I did all of mine last year and it wasn't all that hard.
Life lines also need to be machine swaged. Don’t do this yourself unless you have plenty of insurance.
There are plenty of threads here about doing synthetic lifelines with some kind of dyneema line. I'm just finishing mine up right now and I couldn't be happier. No specialized fittings or connections, just a few simple deadeyes and a whole bunch of splicing and lashing.