It depends on the design of the rig. You don't always have to lower the mast to replace the rigging. You can often do one piece at a time, and leave the stick up. If you're replacing the backstay or forestay, and only have the one..you can often temporarily support the mast using a halyard or topping lift, tightened to an appropriate spot.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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