Beginners rigging question...
I''m still a tad bit confused as to how it should be rigged. When you say that the lift is controlled at the mast, this is what comes to my mind:
Attach the line to the cleat at the end of the boom and then run it to a block attached to the doohickey on the top of the mast and then down to the base and add another cleat to secure it.
I apologize for the "doohickey" jargon, but I really have no idea as to it proper name.