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Re: Best "Rigging Parts Configuration" 18'
In my opinion, you need new standing rigging. All of it. You can continue to use what you have, it'll probably never fail, but there are a tremendous amount of potential failure points.
There should be a T-ball fitting at the mast, a swage and turn buckle at the bottom with a toggle, cotter pin and clevis pin. That's it. When I bought my boat I had some "extra" parts, some were bent, old. I replaced them all and have been very happy ever since. I know they won't fail.
I do not recommend quick release pins for standing rigging. Some work better than others, but you still need to use a safety with them.
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