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The first problem with replacing your rigging is that the sheaves at the top of the mast are probably wire sheaves, and as such, not really suitable for rope halyards. I am assuming that you want to go to an all-rope halyard, instead of the current wire-to-rope halyard you have now.
Originally, wire-to-rope halyards were to reduce the amount of stretch in a halyard. However, with high-tech lines, like NE Ropes T-900, which have about the same stretch as wire, it isn't really necessary anymore.
Given, how quickly and unexpectedly the genoa halyard failed, I wouldn't trust the mainsail halyard to safely get you up the mast at this time... they're probably about the same age... and my guess is you don't want to come down like that halyard did...
Lots of good sources for rigging on the web. Are you wanting to get complete halyards, with messenger loop, eye splice and shackles pre-installed, or were you going to get the line and do the splicing and shackling yourself? There's a big price difference between the two.
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