Re: Mast work
Another option (probably your last, though) is to just drop the rig. I've always climbed the mast (in a harness, tethered with two halyards) with my wife tailing- she's 110 lbs, I'm 160, but I can climb on my own, so all she's doing is tailing, not cranking me up. I certainly understand not wanting someone else to do important work on your boat, but it really is easy to drop a mast and put it back up again if you have a hoist or a bridge (no current) at the right height. We dropped the mast on our Olson, which I know may be considerably lighter than yours, but did it in less than 30 minutes, then after I was done, it went back up again in less than an hour- including retuning and connecting the wiring. Just an idea...