We bought a Mast Stepper III and have used it a couple of times now, since it is easier than using the EZ Step.
There is not a requirement for the winch to be up high. Actually, if it is higher than the bow spreader, you need to use a block to pull the stepper pole down to the bow spreader.
A boat store might have a better selection, since the winch I have is just a standard hand crank the attaches to the mast stand. It also helps pull the boat onto the trailer and helps secure it for traveling.
Thanks David. I was wondering if the winch could mount on the mast stand. Agree the winch will also be better for hauling it up on the trailer. It takes a bit of work to slide it up by hand at the moment. Not too bad unless the ramp is slippery, then it's a bit tricky! Thanks again! Cheers, Greg