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Old 08-29-2006
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I wouldn't used crimped ends, as nicopress ends really aren't suitable for what you'll be doing. What you need to use, for ease of installation and longevity, are Stay-Loc connectors or something similar.

You should probably unstep the mast, and inspect everything and replace most of the hardware, which is probably shot, given that one piece has already broken. Leaving the mast up is risking having it go over—if some of the rigging is weak, and decides to give way when you loosen the adjoining rigging to inspect it.

I would also have someone inspect the fittings on the mast very, very carefully, as they'll probably need to be replaced as well.
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