I have been looking at Klackso's twin A frame idea.
It does look like a good approach.
Maybe I'll have to measure up my Contessa for a set of such frames.
Also, because the tabernackle has provisions for a pivot bolt on both the fore and aft side, I have been considering placing a pivot bolt in the forward position and tilting the mast toward the bow using the boom as a gin pole.
The forward-tilt approach would also require A frames or some stout above-deck pivot points for stabilizing lines, possibly the halyards, to keep the mast and boom in line but the compression forces would be handled by the boom.
I think that the main advantage of a forward-tilt method is that the forestay, mainstays, forward lower stays, boom, and mainsheet would remain in position. Only the aft lower stays and the backstay would be disconnected.
Upon hoisting, the mast would become stable as long as there was tension on the mainsheet and the rig would become fully functional and tuned as soon as the aft lower stays and the backstay are reattached.
However, I have never seen it done using the forward-tilt approach I described above so I am searching for advice.
JJT Contessa 26 #320