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I think it's a very low risk option, and mounting standup blocks is adding more holes. But there is another way that might work.
Before I purchased and installed my mast plate I wanted to arrange the organizers and clutches, etc., so I tied a loop of 3/8 sta set with several blocks on it around the mast base just so I could lay things out. Then I kept forgetting to buy a mast plate over the winters and ended up using this loop for several years. It worked fine for lines like cunningham, outhaul, and vang, never riding up the mast or chafing. I didn't use it for halyards though, so not sure if it'd work in that case, but it might be worth a shot. It wasn't a real pretty installation, but it was cheap and did work until I finally bought the plate.