A year ago I couldn't have imagined doing this but I just finished what for me with zero mechanical aptitude was a really intimdating job. Replaced the fore and aft stays and port and starboard uppers.
The first of 8 Norsemans took the better part of a frustrating day with plenty of swearing but by the last 4 I was putting them together easily.
The hardest parts
being getting the wire re-laid around the cone properly... not just nailing the correct length of exposed core
but keeping the damn inner cone in place for the process: Brion Toss was a big help showing the upper portion of the body being slid up as the wire was re-laid around the cone and the other help was a small clip that kept the cone from creeping up the core
or flying off in the initial part of the process.
Next, it was the seemingly simple idea of not tightening the fitting "too much". I didn't get that one until (what the hell is "not too much" that the instructions talk about?!) one of my dockmates happened by and told me that it should be "snugly" tightened then I got it.
Anyway...Oceansize is now free of the slip... two shakedowns, all is well and after 4 mos stuck in the slip I couldn't be happier.