Re: Replacing standing rigging
You can't replace the standing rigging unless you climb the mast and detach the shrouds and stays. You can hold the mast upright with a tightened halyard secured to the toerail but do you really want to climb the mast under those conditions? I wouldn't!
If you pull the mast you can detach and accurately measure the rigging and have new shrouds and stays made. Or you can do it youself with Stayloc or Norseman fittings.
The Pacific is large and unforgiving; do it right.