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Oversizing the standing rigging can put strains on a boat that it was not designed to handle. For the mast, stronger shrouds can mean that instead of bending off in a puff and releasing energy, the mast stays stiff, fills the sail with wind, and pulls the turnbuckle right out of the deck. Imagine "improving" an arresting cable on a carrier by installing an I-beam instead, because it was stronger. The plane would still stop...catastrophically. Boats are delicate balances that the designer worked out. Though there is some leeway with changing things, it is also possible to go overboard.