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Turnbuckle usage

I have a 25 foot Tanzer. My turnbuckles are of different thread sizes and manufacturers and configuration. I'd like to replace them with new. Is there a recommendation on whether to to use swadge, toggle or jaw or combination's. Open vs. closed? Thanks.
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If you're looking to upgrade/replace your rigging, my recommendation is to replace the upper terminals with swaged ones, and the lowers with mechanicals, my preference being Hayn HiMods, rather than the more expensive Norseman or Stalocks.

I would recommend you use open turn buckles, as they tend to do better with respect to corrosion issues. The turnbuckles should have toggles on them to prevent fatigue related failure.
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Since I already have compression eyes swagged on to the shrouds I was thinking of using jaw to jaw. Is there any advantage of having forks on one end and toggles on the other?
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Oh, in that case, you'd want to have a fork to toggle or toggle jaws... The reason you don't want jaw to jaw is most are parallel jaws, and they will only flex in one plane, rather than two, and can lead to the shrouds bending at the swage and fatiguing there.

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