This guy does it twice each outing - once to go under the bridge on the way out, and second upon returning. He uses and A-frame:
I do mine once a season while on the hard. I use a gin pole with retention straps as "baby stays" to keep the mast and gin pole in column. It could be done on water, although I'd worry if a big wake hit me while the mast was halfway up/down:
The easiest mast to step is one that someone else steps!
I own a 260 and I can certainly step the mast alone but it is much easier with a second person. If you devise a system to run your "mast halyard" back to a primary winch I bet you'd have a simple time of it. Like anything, the more you do it the easier and faster it gets.
Originally Posted by RonTyson
Hunter 240 or 260, a husband and wife did the Great Loop on their 260 several years ago including dropping the mast on the water going through the locks.
2003 Hunter 260 "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin. WORK IS OVER-RATED