How do you put up a mast?

Depending on the size of the mast most often a crane is used. Some smaller boats have deck stepped masts and can be put up by securing the base and raising the mast by hand, a halyard may also be used to assist. The process of putting up the mast is called stepping the mast. The two main styles are deck stepped or keel stepped, a deck stepper sits on the cabin house top and a keel stepped passes through the cabin top. The mast sits on a mast step and where it passes through the cabin house is the mast partner