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Re: Replace standing rigging?

With the boat home for the winter, and the mast down, I decided to get to work on replacing the standing rigging.

Wow, that turned out to be a big project. I found several things which were surprises:

1) the spreader ends were oxidized/corroded so badly, the shroud was literally "welded" in place. I think this was from the disimilar metals (aluminum spreader end caps and stainless wire). I'm guessing this was becoming a weak spot too.

2) the mast head was cracked. Still seemed strong, but glad to know it was cracked so I could replace before bad stuff happened.

3) the turnbuckle on the fore-stay was severely bent. Apparently the previous owner smacked into a dock (at low water) or something. I'm sure that big bend must have weakened the bronze turnbuckle.

4) wrapping up all the shrouds was like wresting snakes!!! ugggh.

5) the wire itself seemed to be in great shape. no kinks. no 'fishooks'.

so, now I need to make some decisions on the wire ends. I was planning to send these off to Catalina Direct and have swaged ends for the new wires. But I've been reading more about the strength of Norseman.

I would be interested in more opinions. What "ends" do you like? why?

thx, markb
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