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Rigging dilemma?

The time has come to replace most of the standing rigging on my boat. Here is my situation--

The tangs on the mast are fitted with swaged-on forks. The rigging I am replacing it with is going to be crimped cable (nicopress).

The problem I have is that there does not seem to be a ready solution for fitting a thimble-ended cable onto the tang that is bolted to the mast. I could...

A: Thread it through the hole on the tang, thimble and all, and crimp it in place. Is that acceptable, or will it result in some sort of horrible wear-related calamity?

B: Put another turnbuckle up at the top. Not the best idea budget-wise, IMHO.

C: anyone have other suggestions? I thought shackles might work but none I can find are load-rated high enough.

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What size boat? Nicropress is substantially weaker than swage. I would be doubtful about using it on anything bigger than 14-16 ft.
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I'd agree that Nicopress fittings are probably not strong enough for any sizeable boats. Commons sense says it would probably help you get appropriate advice if you said WHAT BOAT you were trying to replace rigging on.

By the way, going cheap on the rigging is generally not a cost effective or wise solution in general. If you're really looking to save a bit on the rigging, you might want to get and read Brian Toss's The Complete Rigger's Apprentice book.
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What does or did fit into the forks on the tangs?
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