The great thing about owning a Catalina 22 is the boat’s trailer-ability, plus the ease in raising and lowering the mast. I store my Cat. 22 with the mast up, so when I had to work on the VHF aerial wiring on top of the mast I had to learn how to drop it!
YouTube is a DYI’s best friend. After hours of searching and watching DYI mast step Gin Pole videos for trailerable boats, I came across this video by ‘rs8684’ for his O’day 23. The technical advice is simple, it uses lines and pulley’s already onboard and the material to build the Gin Pole is easily purchased at Home Depot. While you could drop the mast single handed, for safety I’d recommend a second set of hands.
Watch the video here: