Note how the inner stays are moved from their U bolts to the home made pivot fitting at the base of the raising poles. In the close up shot you can see that and also the tension on the side stays holding the mast from swaying. when the mast is at 45 degrees like this, the stays have no slack, but when the mast is right down or up, there is some slack.
While cruising, I clip the raising poles onto the pulpit rail as shown in the last photo. These then provide safety rails if anyone is sitting on the fore deck. This shot also shows the V fitting which joins the pole at the top.