"Hey Knothead. Gil here. I am finally able to send you a message. I do have many questions about my rigging and I highly appreciate your offer of help. The first question is, do you think it's a good idea to replace my three cracked swages with a sta lock long stud so I don't have to replace the cable this season? I plan to step the mast and replace it all during the winter"
I guess this is a good reason to check for private messages before responding to a thread.
I wanted to post Gil's question and my response on the thread because I thought it would be a good idea to have everyone else's input also.
I did give Gil my phone # though.
Gil, before answering the question I have to say that in my opinion, it depends a lot on how you sail and where you sail.
If you don't push the boat too hard, don't race, don't plan on making any long passages, etc. then I think that using a few extra long Sta-Lok fittings as a stop gap measure is not a bad idea.
I am assuming that you have checked all the fittings both top and bottom and the chainplates, correct?
I always recommend that when the time comes to replace ones rigging
that one replace all the rigging
at the same time. It's easier to keep track of that way. So if you are planning to rerig soon, as in next year, then sure, use a few extra long Sta-Loks to get you by for awhile.