I step the mast
on the Nicol with the boom but there are things to do first. I have the mast step set up with a pivot bolt through a heel added on to the base of the mast but I step raising the mast forward and turn my boom fitting around which wouldn't be possible on a aluminum
stick.. Stepping the mast towards the stern the pivot ears would have to be welded on to the front of the mast with the deck
plate holding the bolt, modified if need be. The idea behind everything is to keep it from getting away from you. the mast and the boom need to be guyed with tackle and adjusted as you raise. if you raise forward the backstay should be hooked up and if raising towards the stern the forestay should be rigged so the whole thing doesn't keep on going. I also think the mainsheet tackle should be led to a winch
for extra power and control. Rigged this way I've done the job solo without problem, remember to cleat off securely before adjusting the guys, watch the side stays which should be rigged, for fouling and go slow. Another version is to use a A-frame of 2 spinnaker
poles or similar instead of the boom with the ends on the deck
each side of the mast letting you eliminate a set of guys. I've got a picture somewhere I'll try to find. If it seems a hassle the crane does the job with less sweat but more bread.