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I would suggest that get at least one other opinion.
You didn't mention where your boat is, but I agree that most rigs don't need to be replaced after only 10 years.
It is often easier and faster to do a re-rig if you pull the stick. If there are other issues that need to be addressed it may make sense. If you are just replacing the standing rigging and the boat is in the water, it seems like overkill to me.
It would take two men about an hour to measure all the shrouds and stays with the mast up. Then he could fabricate everything in his shop and everything could be installed in about three hours.
You might want to ask the guy to elaborate a little more on why he feels the mast needs to come out.
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Thanks for all of your responses! The rigger hasn't sent me his quote yet. I'll post it when I get it. I don't feel knowledgeable enough to do it myself. The boat is a racer/cruiser being used out of Honolulu. The boat hasn't been punished and most of the use has been weekend cruising. The point about the rig only being 10 years old is interesting to me. I'm beginning to think that the whole project can be put off for a while. The rigger found no signs of unusual wear or problems.
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The reason why the rigging was replaced after 8 years (the first time) was because the boat was shipped (not on her bottom) from N.Z. to Hawaii. The rig was replaced when the boat was reassembled in Hawaii.
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The rigger found no signs of unusual wear or problems.
I think you just provided your own answer - if the rigging is fine then why replace it? Given its age, I would suggest regular inspections going forward (this is something you can easily do yourself), but I wouldn't replace if there isn't any specific reason for doing so (i.e., some of the parts are starting to show signs of wear or you are setting out for a long offshore trip).
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