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When you say: "I'd like to send him up the mast in an improvised rope rappelling harness attached to the main halyard...", do you mean you will winch him up via the main halyard? Or is he going to shinny up along the fixed halyard?
I can't remember whether the Rhodes 19 has any substantial winches for hoisting someone. But it is getting on the small side for going aloft.
I have seen them hard over on their ears while sailing, and have even heard of some knockdowns where they flooded. This suggests to me that you MIGHT just be able to bring the boat alongside a dock, and hauling on the main halyard heal it over enough to reeve the jib halyard.
Alternatively, the mast is probably light enough that maybe you could unstep it real quick. That is one of the many beauties of smaller boats -- nothing is really a major operation.
Good luck and welcome to Sailnet!
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