I am still waiting on sleeves to put my stays together, but tested the Lowes swager on the old fittings to see how it felt. The tool seems to be squeezing just a hair tighter than the old swages, and is adjustable. I don't have a go/no go gage, but I don't use a torque wrench on my car's lug nuts either. (Only on head and intake gasket bolts.) I still hope to sail her this season. The nico sleeves should arrive tomorrow. Contemplating all the damage done by a broken stay, why is it that iceboats, which endure much higher pressures on the mast bottom than a wet boat such as this, use an elevated ball to support the bottom of the mast, but Capri bolts the mast semi-solid to the boat? If a DN stay breaks, the mast comes down sideways or straight back, but typically causes minimal damage to the hull, if any. Am I missing something? Thanks for any input... "Spidey"