It would really help if you said what boat you were stepping the mast on... and whether it was a deck-stepped or keel-stepped mast.
Only an idiot would think that it is possible to answer this question without more specific information. The mast on a 13' Sunfish can be stepped without tools in about two minutes flat. The mast on the Mirabella V
would take a crane and a bit of time and a crew of riggers.
If it is a keel-stepped mast, it will probably require the use of a crane or other such equipment to step the mast safely. If it is deck-stepped, then you have a few different options.
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