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Unless you are taking the mast down, I wouldn't recommend removing all of the rigging at once...
You will need to use two halyards to go up the mast, one for the ladder and one as a safety line, in case you slip and fall or the halyard supporting the ladder breaks, or the ladder breaks...
In theory, you could use a halyard to replace the shrouds on either side and one to replace the back stay, but I don't think I would do that, especially given that your mast has double lower shrouds on either side... and I don't think that those halyards would support the mast well enough for you to safely climb it.
Do it one piece at a time... and take your time to do it right.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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