I am replacing my standing rigging this winter. The rigging is from 1977 and is needed as 1 of them has half the wires broken where the wire was kinked at some point of its life before me. I need to do it myself to save cost and because of the setup. Originally they were connected to the mast with a nicopress fitting without a mechanical fitting. I also plan to replace the stainless steel turnbuckles as they are showing some wear. My question is should I buy the nicopress tool and sleeves or use wire rope clips. Seems to me that the only thing the nicopress has going for it is that it is easy, smooth and less likely to snag a sail or clothing passing by it. They also look more likely to fail, being a single connection instead of 3 wire rope clips installed properly. I was also thinking about adding sleeves on the wire rope made from the appropriate size pvc pipe and cap with a hole the size of the rope in the cap so it will slide down over the connections to limit the snag hazard. I think I am going in the right direction but wouldn't mind hearing some pros and cons to the different ways of making secure connections. Please keep in mind that I will be doing this myself regardless of what you say. I am also looking to keep this project as cost effective as possible. The boat is a 26 ft swing keel fractional rig. sailed exclusively on fresh water.