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Old 06-21-2007
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If your going to replace it all, you should start by marking your turn buckles. If your rig is reasonable tuned, make mark with chaulk or grease pen on the top and bottom screws. Make shure to keep the turnbuckles with the satys. Then label your halyards. Lossen all your turn buckles, and bring down the mast. This will take a few good friends or a crane to accomplish. Next loosen your turn buckles till there is only 1/4 of bolt inside the housing. Measure each stay from end to end. Then measure the space between the top and bottom of the tunbuckle housing and the marks you've made. Subtract this from the length of the stay. That gives you the finished length of the new stay. However if you intend to replace the turnbuckles, you'll need to measure the new turnbuckles and either add or subtract the difference. You can then, either have the new stays made to the length you need or see if you can find some the right lenght in good shape in a salage yard, or put them together your self like rhaley suggested. Put on your new stays and run your new halyards through. Finally, check that every thing has a fair lead, see wich of your friends will still answer your call, and put your mast back up.
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