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Mismatched Standing Rigging Components

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The boat is new to me but I'm only second owner and original owner has sailed the boat for years as-is with no problems. Rig has double-lowers, single uppers with a single spreader.

The mast is down and I'm inspecting standing rigging components. Both uppers are 3/16 wire with an upper swaged eye fitting sized for a 3/8 clevis pin. But their tangs near the masthead are drilled for (an undersized) 5/16 clevis pin. So this boat has sailed for years with a 5/16 clevis holding a 3/8 eye. There is no visible deformation of the eye.

I am thinking of drilling out the tangs. I have read the guideline is that there should be as much tang metal surrounding the hole as the hole's diameter... and if I drill out the tangs I'll still be within that guideline.

Any thoughts on what I should do?
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Re: Mismatched Standing Rigging Components

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Any thoughts on what I should do?
Find a professional rigger and let them let you sort it out. Having the mast come down could spoil your day.**

**Not likely to happen after all these years, but......
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Re: Mismatched Standing Rigging Components

I had pretty much the same deal on my 1970 Cal 29 and when I had rigging only copy the old parts they were able to put the correct fitting on all the standing rigging ends so the correct clevis pin could be used

I did have to make some minor mods to the mast tags as the new forks were a bit different but nothing that affected strength

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