Hey Howard and James, I realize this is a simple maneuver so forgive me but I can't quite get it straight in my head.
...tie an extension on the jib halyard about 8' long and tie the other end to the bridle.
Exactly how do you "tie" the jib halyard extension to the bridle? A second shackle on the chain plate not used by the forestay? I envision this extended line passing though something at the bridle and not tying off, is that right?
Raise the mast and lean into it as you reach down and uncleat the halyard. Pull the halyard tight and cleat it to hold the mast up....
Here I'm thinking I'm still at the rear cross bar with the mast on my shoulder and can't reach the cleats at the bottom of the mast. It sounds like you're walking up the tramp with the mast held overhead, so I can't see how you can either reach down and uncleat the halyard extension, or manage to pull on the extension as you're walking the mast to the upright, stepped position.
Is the halyard extension used more to pull the mast up as you're going, or is it more of a backup until the mast gets stepped and then it's used primarily to hold it upright until you can get the forestay attached?
Sorry for numerous detailed questions, I just don't quite understand the process yet.
Thanks in advance!