SO, I've looked at all of the options for putting up your mast solo, but I don't like the options.
For me solo mast stepping is not a matter of strength its just that I want to be able to sail by my self.
Here's my idea, take a hand winch like this one:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NPR3FM/ref ... wo=&hvqmt=
Then make it rewind it self using a "power spring", like the spring that rewinds your lawn mower pull string. like this:http://www.vulcanspring.com/stock-power-springs.
When you left the mast the winch cable slack will be taken up and the winch cable attached to the for stay will be locked by the winch ratchet. They you just walk around to the front of the boat, and attach the bridle.