I hoisted the mast for the first time today. The goal today and the big task was to cut the shrouds to the proper length and then connect the sta-lok terminals that I'm using to connect the stays to the boat. I used 3/8" line as temporary shrouds and head stay to hoist the mast. I then measured and cut to length the real head stay and each of the shrouds, and then connected them to the Sta-Master calibrated turnbuckles that I'm using.
One of the best tips that I received at one time or another on one of the forums was to use a Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel to cut the shrouds. This was so much easier than trying to cut these things with a hack-saw.
Like every other task on the boat, I got pretty good at measuring, cutting, and attaching the sta-lok terminals just as I wrapped up the last one.
Here are the Sta-loks connected to the Sta-Masters. I used Sta-Master turnbuckles because I've had good luck with them for (many years) on our e-scow.