Like you I am on "the learning
curve." But I bookmarked this link for info on standing rigging http://www.dixielandmarine.com/yachts/DLrigprob.html
Also the website has some educational articles on surveying and boat problems. IMHO, since it costs under 3 boat bucks you can get a 37 footer re-rigged- standing rigging
is towards the top of my refitting list.
"Whenever...it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off- then, I account it high time to get to sea..." Ishmael