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Assuming your talking about what looks like an aft shroud attached just above the central portlight on the cabintop....I can just make out it's terminated some distance above the spreaders...
Something like that could probably be 'sweated up' with a small 4 or 6:1 tackle, led aft to a new cam cleat on the coaming, or if you're OK with going forward to adjust them as needed, simply using a cam cleat fiddle block at the chainplate. You'd need enough line in the tackle to allow the stay to fall forward as far as the shrouds, but could set it up to be nearly block-to-block when tightened so as to minimize the amount of line to keep tidy. The original stay would need to be shortened, no biggie if you've got the sta-lock fittings already.
Alternately I think an Dyneema/Amsteel checkstay would be just find here too, lighter and easier on the anodizing of the boom. You could put the same tackle at the bottom. You'd likely need to replace it periodically due to UV exposure (I've had a Dyneema backstay on now for a full season, can let you know how long it lasts when we find out!)
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