Alcort Puffer owners I need help with rigging(boom) and rowing room

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New to sailing, will be doing lots of sailing on a relatively small lake (lk Wylie, Charlotte, NC area) with mostly low speed sometimes inconsistent winds. Planning on using oar power as backup.

How do you row with the boat rigged to sail? Is it acceptable to raise the boom up against the mast while still attached and tie it off?
 
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