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Just be aware that you don't need a rigger to replace a shroud with broken strands. You can often take the old shround down (if you've got double lowers) without much risk to the rig...as long as you don't sail the boat, and get a piece of 1x19 stainless and the modular terminal hardware, like StaLok, Hayn HiMOD or Norseman, and install it yourself. You'll probably want a Loos rigging tension guage to properly re-tension the shroud.
If you don't have double lowers, you probably should lead a halyard from the masthead and use it as a temporary shroud, while doing the replacement.
However, if the lower shroud has broken strands in it, and it wasn't due to impact or some other type of damage to that specific shroud, then there's a very good chance that much of your rigging is in need of replacement—especially if it is all of the same age. Did you have a rigging survey done when you bought the boat??
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 09-28-2007 at 09:32 AM.