WARNING DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE PROCEDURE.
As the mast nears horizontal you will not be able to control it and it will fall out of control the last few feet. It will result in a bent or broken mast and damage to the sliding hatch.
Originally Posted by krazzz
I also had a Catalina 22 with the Furlex. It really isn't any different. For me I would take the main halyard and attach it at the front cleat. I had quick releases and would remove the two front shrouds and loosen the two aft shrouds. Then I would add tension on the halyard until I could pull the pin on the furler. After that I just ease out the halyard until the mast is down. Could do it single-handed with no trouble at all.
I had a Catalina 22 [ Jaguar 22 UK version same boat ] I had a X gallows made in 2 x 4 wood with short upper arms and notches in the base so it would stand on the cockpit seats.
I would start with the X at the front of the cockpit and leaning up against the bulkhead. Now as above until you get the pins out and slacken/release the halyard.
With your hands on the mast high up walk the mast back until it rests on the X. Get into the cockpit and lift the mast on your shoulder this allows you to push the bottom legs of the X together a little and put them on cockpit floor. Lower the mast in to the X. Take a deep breath the scary bit is over.
Now work the X to the back of the cockpit and lash it there. Pin out at the base of the mast and lift the mast on to the pulpit and X gallows for travelling.
I did this many many times sometimes on my own but if I could I would draft in a couple of helpers who would hold ropes that went to the top of the mast, they would walk back with the mast and prevent it from going sideways. In fact I think this was unnecessary but I was always happier if I had the two steadiers.
I reversed the procedure to raise the mast.
Now I am 6' 3 with reasonable upper body strength. If you are 5'2" with pipestems you might have someone taller standing by the first time.
There is another way to do it using something called a gin pole.
Gin Pole Mast Raising System - PY23 Paceship.mov - YouTube
It works but it needs more kit.