Where did you get your “yard cover”? And yes, please, post photos of the system used to lift the mast into place. I usually have to wrangle 2 teenagers to get the mast up on my boat (and they often are grumpy about early morning sail rigging).
I have the same problem. I was thinking of trying to figure out a way to tie the mast to the base, and then use the halyards to rotate it backward and up. So I’ll be watching this space for any answers.