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Such a pole setup is clearly intended to be used in a dip-pole gybe manner. As such, the pole lift and downhaul/foreguy are intended to be attached to the outboard end. IMO you really can't get away without both lift and downhaul on such a large pole.
Shorthanded it's unlikely you'll be doing a dip pole gybe except in the lightest of conditions, but even so such a pole is unwieldy without the proper control lines, which ideally should be led aft as well with the downhaul especially able to go to a winch.
Of course one of the major selling points of the Asym is the lack of need for a pole, particularly shorthanded on larger vessels.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)