IF you have no one to assist you / manage the winch on the mast, you can hoist yourself up using block-and-tackle from the boom which you have hoisted to masthead with main halyard
. (ie: one end clipped to bosun's chair, other end hoisted to mast head).
But a word of caution: ALWAYS collect the bitter end in a bucket tied to bosun's chair. DON'T let it fall casually to the deck
as you hoist yourself up.
I discovered this truism on a single-handed passage
when I was 300 miles offshore
. Somehow the bitter end got wrapped around the cleat at the base of the mast. Hanging there, 20 feet off the deck
, it took me 1/2 an hour of cursing/shaking the rope/cursing/shaking the rope
to get the bitter end off the cleat.
PS: It was this experience that resulted in my daily log entry which became my signature line to all my posts. <grin>