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Thanks for all the help. $50 was a wee bit of an exaggeration (I've also never sailed in 10' seas or 50 knot winds but probably at some point after having the living c*@% scared out of me posted something to that effect) but WM had a clevis pin set with different sizes for $50.
The yard that thoughtfully dropped my mast for me ripped out ppins and rings with wire cutters as evidenced by the little bits of wire strewn all along the toe rail and the bent and chewed up pins that were fine when I inspected the boat prior to purchase.
Is there a yard that can raise a mast WITHOUT bending chainplates or turnbuckles? If there's a yard looking for fulll time help that CAN raise a mast without screwing up the rigging I'm available to reasonable offers anywhere in the US or overseas except California. I'm serious.
Sorry for the tangent. My idea of sailing is "worry free relaxation" (okay....everybody get up off the floor, wipe the tears from your eyes, and stop laughing) so although the various options are good to know I'd just as soon use what a naval architect would put in his own boat. After boat #1 I'm pretty anal about checking all rigging and replacing parts just as part of PM, not waiting til failure.
I'll shop around on the web today and see where I can find a reasonably priced set of pins that are marine grade.
Thank you for all the suggestions on the cleaners. I'm going to start with just plain old baking soda and a stiff brush and from there use Roll Off or Boat Brite, whichever is cheaper. Thank you all for the help. We need to find a good bar centrally located cuz I'm wanting to buy more than a few rounds for y'all.