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Re: Can a swaged fitting be removed, wire re-used?
Those rigging fittings are (relatively) new developments in standing rigging. There are a lot of people still sailing on old wire that pre-dates those.
Not to mention, they are expensive and some people will simply pay to have a swage installed and use link plates and turnbuckles to achieve the desired length.
To the OP:
Can you re-use the wire? I have mixed feelings on this.
On one hand, it is very difficult to adequately inspect the wire for internal corrosion or fatigue. You can inspect for obvious damage like broken strands though.
On the other hand, the lower swage is often the one that gets all the corrosion and damage because it's at deck-level where it gets physically struck the most, and water runs down the wire, into/onto the swage.
Water runs down, AWAY from the upper swage on the mast.
So theoretically, if you cut off the lower swage and put on a Hi-Mod fitting, you should be ok.
The thing I hate about standing rigging and fittings, is that it takes dye and x-rays to properly inspect it, something most people won't bother with or don't have access to. When it fails, there is almost never any warning. Just "BAM!" and the mast comes down.
Re-using wire is kind of like putting used brake pads on your car. You could get away with it, but it's not really smart.
I'll add one caveat- If the wire is new-ish, and you're just making some kind of equipment change, and you know the history of the wire and fittings, it's probably safe.
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