What some cruisers have done is to lengthen the forestay rope, lead it around a small block attached to the stemhead fitting and back to a cleat on the foredeck inside the splash guard. This allows you to raise the mast from within the cockpit. The procedure would then be; Raise the mast using the extended forestay rope, tension the foresail halyard and then retighten the forestay to tack up any slack. This means that if, for any reason, you have to drop the foresail or the halyard/luff wire snaps, your mast will remain upright with reasonable tension on the forestay. Good restoration on your boat, by the way. congrats. Regards, Dave Doran.