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The indicated lengths are probably assuming lines run aft, plus some extra to be able to trim for wear and tear at the masthead when in use over time.
As mentioned above, simply use the originals as a guide.. attach a light messenger line, pull them out of the mast (leaving the messanger line there) and make new ones, then pull them back in with the messenger lines you left behind. Easy enough to make the new ones a bit long for the same reason, or in case you intend to lead lines aft to the cockpit at some point.
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