We bought a 1973 Catalina 27' this spring. We have sailed it a ton this summer. Even managed to race her a few times. Throughout the summer, we've discovere a hundred and one little things that have needed fixing/improving/upgrading . . . all going pretty well.
The other day, I was doing some work on the standing rigging (shrouds and fore/back stays), and started to question the 'ends'. Unlike all of the other boats I see, this has a thimble (which bends the wire in a fairly sharp turn) and then a crimped ferrule holding the end (see picture attached).
My question: Is this an acceptable approach?
Some people have told me that it needs to be replaced with a swaged end IMMEDIATELY. Others have said just to watch it for any signs of breaking, fraying, or slipping.
We have sailed it a ton this summer with no problems. Next year, we'll be the Bahamas with this boat for two months. I'm leaning towards replacing with a set of new wires/ends from Catalina Direct.
Thanks for your opinions and suggestions on a course of action.