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You really want to use a toggle, as it will help prevent the stainless steel wire from working and fatiguing in that location. The mechanical fittings, like the one in your post (Norseman, StaLock, Hayn HiMod) are a great idea, but fairly expensive. A good compromise is to go with swaged fittings at the top and mechanical fittings down at deck level, where corrosion is more of a problem with swaged fittings.
Swaging the wire directly to the tang is a really bad idea, since you won't have a clevis pin and cotter to remove if you need to disconnect the rigging.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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