Ballenger spars have the hinged mast steps you likely are looking for (after you get your mast down).
mid way down the page on the right.
You are correct, the mast appears to be deck stepped, but with a flange (typical of larger boats that are deck stepped) because the thought process is you would be using a crane to mast/demast.
So basically to get it down, your best bet is a crane... you can MAKE a crane with a large (must be higher than the mid point of the mast) pick point... or what a lot of other people do is somthing THEY call a gin pole (look up J80 gin pole, not to be confused with deck stepped gin poles)... Anyway its a temporary mast with line shrouds and a pulley, that allows you to lift the mast from its mid-point, then lower it down.
My bet is this is a minimum 3 person deal on a 26 footer, 1 person hauling the crane halyard, and 2 steering the mast off the shoe, and lower it down and away from the deck.
Once down, your winter project would be to upgrade to a hinged step so you can easily lift the mast yourself with an A-frame, and tilting the mast up.
The mast weight should not make this too difficult, probably not much heavier than my S2 7.9s mast (about 80lbs)... but it DOES get very unweildy as you get it at about 45 degrees... which is why I recommend 3 people.