Re: rod rigging replacement
There are options. Talk to a rigger. Change to wire, re-heading the stuff you have, mail order, maybe the rigging is just fine?
My next big project might be to try to do my own changeover to wire by using swage-less type fittings. It won't be cheap but I could also do it over time. A high end, full service, changeover to new rod rigging probably isn't in my budget.
I'm no expert but at $4 a foot for wire and $50 for a terminal, it seems pretty reasonable to duplicate your own and have the ability to do your own repair if you plan on cruising/offshore. ...then again, I haven't tried it yet.
I have a split backstay. I think I might try fabricating that with wire and hayn just to see how it works out.