I've seen a you tube thing where this guy tied off his 18 mast, got off the tramp, and then hooked up his forestay. I tried to tie off my mast after rasing it but had No luck getting it to stay up. I'm scared that it will fall as soon as I get off the tramp.
It was my video on you tube. I don't understand why the mast wont stay up after you tie it off.
Wrap the line around the mast 3 times, than tie a regular knot to secure it. Once tied let go and jiggle the mast to make sure it wont come loose. As soon as it is tied I put the pin in the furler, because I don't trust it 100% either. Maybe like 98%. I always do it that way and so far I haven't had a problem. Instead of tieing it around the mast, you could run it through a jib sheet block. I might try that next time, the only problem it that I will have to remove the jib sheet from the block, its simple enough though.
I do the opposite to lower the mast too, the rope holds it up after I un-pin the furler then jump on the tramp untie to rope and lower. Also you can use the rope as a brake to slow the mast as it comes down.
I sometime wish I had a buddy to just pull the pin, it would save me 5 min of un-rigging time.