Catalina Yachts was a true innovator when they introduced the Catalina 22 back in 1969. Perhaps the most iconic feature was the optional pop top, which gave much-needed headroom inside the cabin. It turns the C-22 from a daysailer into a more comfortable cruiser. With the addition of the optional snap-on, vinyl curtain, the cabin becomes a weatherproof and insect resistant camper.
The biggest disadvantage of the pop top is its weight. Most female and young crew members can’t raise it. It can even be a struggle for some adult men to push up military press style. Some C-22 owners stop using their pop top because it’s just too difficult.
I’m very happy to announce the immediate availability of the $tingy Sailor Pop Top EZ-Lift Kit. It’s a complete kit with all the parts and fasteners you need to install high pressure gas springs under your pre-1986 Catalina 22 pop top. The springs make it easy for almost anybody to raise and lower the pop top safely. All of the parts are high quality and made for a lifetime of use. Detailed installation instructions with photos are included.
Best of all, the price is much less than the competition. So if you’ve wanted to add gas springs to your pop top but cost has been a barrier, this is the kit for you. Enjoy your pop top more than ever before. For details and to place your order, click this button.
Owners of other sailboats have asked if this kit can be adapted to fit their sailboat. Although the general principle of this kit should work for similar pop top sailboats, this particular kit is designed only for the pre-1986 C-22 pop top height, weight, attachment points, and geometry. But this kit is just the beginning. If it’s very successful, there will very likely be more kits for other sailboats so submit your make, model, and year in the Other field of the poll below.
If you don’t have a pre-1986 C-22, I’m currently developing kits for the 1986-1994 C-22 and pre-1989 C-25 models. Knowing if you would buy one will help me to prioritize their development. So if you’re seriously interested in purchasing a kit for either of these models, please vote for your choice below. You’re under no obligation and you won’t be placing an order yet. Then watch here for further announcements.
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