Originally Posted by DSDman
That's an idea, what are the ramifications of me moving them outside the hull
While, changing the lead angle of your side stays is not something to be taken lightly, yours do appear to be quite close close to the the edge of the hull anyway. And, you would be widening the lead angle (which would be less risky than making it more narrow).
I think part of the answer depends upon how long you plan to keep the boat. If you expect it to just be a few more season, then deal with the maintenance
issue. If you plan to keep it longer term, then (carefully) consider making the change.
If you want to go down that path then I would engage a professional rigger to evaluate it in detail.
Some things to look at come to mind: will you need to make any changes to the spreaders (like extending them slightly)? Life line clearance? Attachment point for external chainplates to the hull -- can these be reasonably created? Interior
access for the work -- will you need to rip out big chunks of interior
wood work to do this?
This will be considerably more effort than resolving the current maintenance
issue so again the question of is it worth it to you?