Strange Catalina 22??
The boss and I went on a sea trial of a Cat 22 yesterday. The boat is owned by a gentleman who admits that he is a novice (as are we). Here's the deal, the mast had a groove for the doohickies that attach to the mainsail, but the odd thing was that there was a depresion (looked like a factory depression) in the mast about a foot over the boom that opened to allow the doohickies to slip out. Consequently, it was impossible to raise the mainsail with one person despite the halyard being rigged to the cockpit. One person had to insert the doohickies as they slipped out of the groove while the other person worked the winch. My question: Is there a plate missing from this mast that would ordinarily prevent the doohickies from gaining freedom? or (I don't believe it) are all Cat 22s similarly designed?