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"I think it's much more likely that the rest of the boat is moving, ...the tangs on the mast are working downward."

Good thinking! That could really ruin a day.
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My turnbuckles are of this design (particularly the left picture):



But considerably more solid. They have rather solid chromed bronze knees on either end (similar to the one on the bottom of that figure), and the two-way threaded screw in the center is 3/4" stainless.
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The cables are black coated something or other, which looks to be copper but I'm really not sure. Definitely not stainless steel, and definitely look nothing like the ones I see on any other vessels.
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I can a problem with your rigging...and something you should correct when you replace it. The turnbuckles should have toggles at the outermost ends, where they attach to the boat. If you don't have toggles at the bottom of the shrouds and stays, the wire and turnbuckles can fatigue a lot more as they can't move in one axis.

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You might check this link to Brion Toss Rigging in Pt. Townsend (SparTalk - Powered by vBulletin ) you can post your question there and get some feedback from riggers. Seems like you have figured out a good temporary solution by cutting the ends of the bolts off, but if those bolts are good you might end up having to buy new ones next year if you can find them.

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If your rigging is wire rope looped over the end of the turnbuckle as shown, you can undo the rope, slack off the turnbuckle then reclip the rope at the new position. See Crosby Wire Rope Clips - Warnings and Safe Installation Instructions for instructions.

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