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Keel Steeped? How big is the boat? I would try and use a halyard at the front of the mast, but if you don't have a spare and you plan on using your jib halyard for something else during the process, then you can run the main halyard to the bow. The stick won't fall over being keel stepped.

I would first losen the rigging on the lowers intermediates and backstay equally. Lets say 5 full turns on each. Then take off the forestay and furler.

Install new bearings and re-install forestay and furler, then put the 5 turns back on. Sight up the mast, check to see if it's in column, and you should be GTG. It gets tricky on boats that are deck stepped, but then you just run a spare line to the bow to act as a forestay, and add a little tension to it. No worries.
 
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