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Cotter pins/rings are in place to keep the turnbuckle from turning. I also prefer rings, though there is a good way and a bad way to place them. If placed properly, they aren't terribly difficult to remove (though still much more difficult than a traditional pin). If placed poorly, they are a real pain to remove. Also, they are best placed so they capture the body of the turnbuckle inside themselves, rather than just being run through the hole in the pin and left hanging. The easiest way to do that is to first feed them around one side of the turnbuckle body, then rotate/thread them through the hole at the end of the stud. By doing so, you virtually eliminate the opportunity for the turnbuckle to spin.
A little experimentation goes a long way. Bring your needlenose pliers and a sharp fid, and you'll save a lot of finger work trying to open the rings. Especially on small boats. (on bigger boats the rings are large enough to actually grab a bit)
... or I'm wrong.
Living aboard, currently in the Chesapeake
O'Day 37, still new to us