I installed the Ballenger Spars M30 hinged mast step from the "Bijou" web site, and got the thing stepped, cranking it up with a jib
. The spinaker pole was used to change the angle of pull from the halyard run forward to the stemhead fitting. In short, without a hinged mast step I think it would be scarry.
There were problems in that the spinaker pole wanted to deviate to one side or the other, and after trying to use lines
to stabilize it, we put two of us on the cabin top to stabilize it and cranked the winch
Take lots of time to make sure the shrouds are right. I wish I had lashed the lower end of the forestay to the mast, because it hung up in the companionway and bent the turnbuckle
stud. That's $100 for a new shroud...
And with the base of the mast fastened to the hinged step, we had one of us sitting on the sternrail holding the weight of the mast while I dinked with connecting the pertinent shrouds. (Without him, the leverage may have torn the step out of the cabin top...) In retrospect, I would have rigged a makeshift 2X4 crutch to support the aft end of the mast and give me more time to make sure all was right...
And make sure each crew member knows his/her job before you get underway.