We have an "A" frame that pivots on the front two staunchions which lays forward on the outer edge of the deck up to the bow. This pivots up to the vertical position and the forstay is attached to it.We use a rope block system between the bow and the "A"frame to raise and lower the mast. We use the inner forestay to hold the mast up while transfering the forestay to its normal position on the bow.To stop the mast swinging to the side we have fitted two short side stays to the mast.
Thanks for the advice. I think I follow most of what you say. Please describe better the side stays ??? Where do they connect, how do they pivot, and how high up the mast ??? I guess the pivot points are excatly at right angles either side from the foot of the mast.
What is the tubing for the frames made from ??? John