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You could make an a-frame system for raising the mast.

It's pretty simple to make, and requires fairly little expense in materials. basically the a-frame mounts into stanchion bases that are close to the fore-aft position of the mast step. My friend's design uses the life-line stanchion bases... and then a halyard goes from the mast top to the end of the a-frame, and a block and tackle, he uses the boom vang, goes from the end of the a-frame to the forestay chainplate or bow cleat. The foot of the mast needs to have an aft edge hole that a bolt can pass through with matching holes in the mast step. This bolt is put into place and acts as a hinge point for the mast. The A-frame acts as a lateral stabilizer and a gin-pole.

Take the slack up on the halyard unti the A-frame is standing almost vertical (canted a bit towards the top of the mast)... then pull on the block-and-tackle to lever the mast upright.
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