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The Cherokee is built by the same company that made the smaller Iroquois and designed by the same designer IIRC. The checkstay that the OP is talking about I believe is the one that terminates above the rectangular port in the cabin top.
Setting it up as a block and tackle, using a 4:1 fiddle block setup, and using a dyneema/spectra line for the standing part of the checkstay would make it pretty simple to setup as Faster describes.
If you need more leverage, you could terminate the standing part of the checkstay that goes up to the mast in a block and use a 4:1 tackle attached to a dyneema/spectra line coming up from the deck, through the block and down to the tackle, which would give you 8:1 leverage, while minimizing the amount of line you'd need.
I'd point out that any dyneema/spectra type line is heavy enough to not creep in this application shouldn't be affected by UV significantly for at least four or five years, since dyneema/spectra have fairly high UV tolerances.
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