Catalina 22 Topping Lift
Category: Boat, topping, rigging
Problem: The topping lift for the Catalina 22 consists of a short cable attached to the backstay with a hook clasp that attaches to the end of the boom. This means that when one lowers the mainsail, the cable has to be reattached first. Also, the height of the boom is not adjustable because of the fixed length of the cable.
Action: I replaced the fixed cable with a pulley rig attached higher, up on the backstay so I could have more leeway when I adjusted the height of the boom.
Result: As I am raising the sail, the boom could swing a little more freely and not catch as much wind.
Additional Thoughts: Realistically, for ease of use and even safety, I believe the Catalina 22 should be rigged with a separate topping lift so the sail could be dropped basically at any time, independent of where the boom is located and the necessity to secure the boom to the topping lift rig.
When idea was conceived: 2012
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $15.00
Current status: Sold boat
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