Thank you for your replies to my post. I have a twenty six year old Westerly Renown ketch that has never had any of it''s standing rigging replaced. It all looks good on visual inspection, but I am concerned about work-hardening etc, that cannot be seen. Non-expert members of my club are telling me that I don''t need to do anything but, frankly, I don''t fancy having a 35 foot mast falling on my head. Of course, being a ketch, I will have to pay for two of everything. Such is boating !!