Thanks for the information from those notes you made.
I did do something like that.
I still need to actually build something for the stern of the boat to pull the mast up on, probably some sort of pole, using the rudder mounting with a roller device.
In the mean time, I took your advice and I used a 1 by 12 board that is 8 feet long.
I used that because 1) it was the correctly length, 2) I could put a notch into the wood that was the right size for the mast, and 3) the mast won't fall OUT of it (like it would off a 2X4).
I simply bungee corded the board in place into the cockpit and the easily walked the mast up onto the board.
I was able then to connect the bolt holding the mast to the housing. Worked good!
Anyway, over the course of the last couple of weeks, I worked out a gin pole.
I took a metal pole that is about 1/3rd the length of the mast, too a U-shaped mounting bracket and mounted it to the base of the mast at the pivot point.
Next I drilled holes through the pole for a pin-bolt and attached that.
Then I put a U-bolt on the end of the pole where I connected a block - a double pulley.
On the U bolt I set up a bridle of sorts to keep the gin pole pulling straight.
At the bow of the boat I put the other 2-pulley block and finally I ended up having to use the mainsail halyard as my hoisting connection from the top of the mast to the gin pole (I couldn't figure out what I would do if I use the front stay to hoist the mast into place then have to disconnect the thing, then reconnect it etc).
Yesterday my wife and a friend who came over to help to make sure things went well, and we had a couple of strong guys to be there "just in case" something didn't work right and we had to man-handle things into place were ready to raise the mast.
At noon yesterday I was alone and connected the gin pole, the block and tackle, double, triple and quadruple checked all the stays, the shrouds and every bolt, pin, turnbuckle, cable, line and all the parts I'd just slapped together.
Everything was in order, and if it wasn't I fixed it. (Remember, I've not raised this mast up yet, and it's on my property instead of in the water, and on the trailer).
Everything looked good.
JoAnne came back from her quick shopping trip and climb aboard to help, and our friend Steve - a buddy from 20-some years ago who lives just down the street came right over.
He's the big one of the three of us, so I gave him the most difficult job, putting the pin in the connection point at the bow of the boat. JoAnne was the mast raiser... He thought he was going to have to muscle things into place
Anyway - long story short... it took about 3 minutes to get the mast from the semi-horizontal position to upright and vertical and to get the pin into the bracket and bolt things down.
We were about a half inch off... so I pulled on the jib halyard, pulled the mast slightly forward in the center, which lined up the brackets, the pin and there we go!
The mast is up!
I'll post some pictures tonight when I get home (I was pretty tired yesterday and haven't downloaded them yet.
But - I'm happy. My wife can almost raise this thing alone, with no winds, and on a "level surface" -- ok, it can be done in the water, I'm certain.
The gin pole is the coolest thing. I can disconnect it and stow it now and sail.
All I gotta do now is find some water......