Keep the pole. My wife has been on at me for years to mount ours on the mast
. Its complicated because of wiring
for the steaming light.
I would mount a track from say 5' off the deck
all the way up the front of the mast
as far as the length of the pole. On it goes the car with the pole mounting on it. The Car goes up and down the track with a continuous loop of line around a flush pulley at the end of the track. Now a stirrup is riveted to the front of the mast at the bottom so the beak of the pole clips on. Its out of the way, and its a one person job to deploy it. We use fixed length guys for 'n aft and pull the topping lift
to raise the pole, in your case lowering the inboard end till it is horizontal, after clipping in your sheet. we use a 3rd sheet when we deploy the pole, so we can still go about and tack on the same side without having to pack the pole away. we can furl the sail and leave the pole till next morning. We have done weeks on end with the pole up. (watch for chafe, we use firehose over the sheet)