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Swaging Albacore Rigging

I bought our Albacore last fall, and she was disassembled. I finally tried to rig her tonight, and found that the shrouds need to be replaced. The PO had purchased the stainless steel wire for the rigging, but hadn't cut it to length it put on the thimbles and swages. So, now I am left with doing that. I hope to launch this weekend, but that may not happen if I can't get the rigging squared away. As I see it, my choices are to buy some Dyneema and make up the rigging myself, buy a swaging tool and make the shrouds (and forestay) myself, or try to find someplace near me that does swaging. How hard is it to make your own rigging for a 15' boat? Will the hand tools they sell at Home Depot work for my purposes? I have no illusion about trying to do this for the Allmand, but for the Albacore it doesn't seem like it would be that bad. Any good how-to videos or articles out there?
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Re: Swaging Albacore Rigging

Well, in doing some more research, I found that the Albacore association requires stainless steel standing rigging, so that left Dyneema out of the picture. I don't know what a rigger would charge to do the work, but I also don't know a local rigger. So, I'm left with the DIY solution. My plan is to follow the lead of this guy:

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Anyway, it doesn't look like it will be that difficult. I placed the order for the swage tool from Defender; hopefully it will get here by Thursday, and I'll be able to re-try rigging the boat on Friday or over the weekend. I want her completely rigged at least once at home before I try taking her anywhere else and rigging her.
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Re: Swaging Albacore Rigging

Thimbles/Sleeves work just fine. I made shrouds for my Albacore last year and they're as good or better than OEM. I crimped them by hand. No special tools.
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I bought the swaging tool from Defender; it was easy.
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