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eagleeyepandv
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Initially Posted - 05/22/2020 :  15:56:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Im trying to locate directions for installing CDs Pop Top Power Lift Kit. The previous owner of our boat left all the hardware, but no directions. Based on pictures Ive seen, it looks straightforward, but Id feel better with directions. If anyone has and can share them, Id appreciate it.

keats
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Response Posted - 05/22/2020 :  17:03:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have them scanned from a previous request. Could email them to you if you want to PM me.

Tim Keating
1985 C-25 TR/FK #4940
Midsummer
Lake Don Pedro, CA
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/23/2020 :  10:07:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...or CD could probably email you the document file.

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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bigelowp
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Response Posted - 05/23/2020 :  15:05:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, dumb me (and not a pop-top owner) I never knew their WAS a Pop Top Power Lift Kit! How many have them?

Peter Bigelow
C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick
Rowayton, Ct
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keats
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Response Posted - 05/23/2020 :  15:46:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well it's not really power lift, lol, maybe power assist. It's some gas struts and fittings to add to what's there.

I never installed the one we bought (a) Because it requires dropping the mast forward a little to install and (b) I don't find it that hard (yet) to raise the top.

I suppose it would make it safer as the top wouldn't crash down as hard if it came down by accident.

Maybe I'll put it in next time we drop the mast.

Tim Keating
1985 C-25 TR/FK #4940
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/23/2020 :  19:39:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll just say that the gentleman who bought my Passage (and in a year sold her to "Voyager" Bruce Ross) hurt his apparently already fragile back raising the pop-top. I could understand why. And I always considered the prospect of its falling as dangerous to people and to the boat, even though I had the mast hook, so it never went up except in our slip. (I never had the gas struts, but they were on my list.)

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 05/23/2020 19:41:32
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eagleeyepandv
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  07:26:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your replies. I was able to get the directions from someone on FB. Interestingly, CD provides two sets of 10-24 screws (6@ 1.25 and 6@ 1.5) to allow for various pop top thicknesses. As Murphys Law would have it, ours needs 1.75 screws. This has hit the pause button on the install until I make it to the store. Online, I read about a guy who, after having the pop top fall on and break a toe or two, decided to install the kit. This hadnt occurred to me, but its one more good reason to complete this project, besides having already drilled a couple of holes in the top.
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  08:51:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Definitely worth it if you use the pop-top and are over 40!

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

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Voyager
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  09:11:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ill attest to the value of the gas struts. The gentleman who sold Passage to me installed them as Dave mentioned. He said it was his bad back that made him sell the boat.

The pistons work well, but its still a struggle to raise the top, and to gently let it back down later on. The hook on the mast is an absolute necessity, since the poptop will come crashing down accidentally if not so secured.

I cannot imagine how tough it would be to raise without the struts. Id probably never use it.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain Milford, CT
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keats
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  09:47:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's so dang hot where we are that it's really a necessity to raise it at anchor or in the slip of you want to use the cabin. We're blessed with few insects so it's a nice feature at night when it doesn't cool down.

I lift it mainly with my legs. Back straight, palms flat and up, elbows locked. A little help from someone standing in the companionway to hold it forward against the mast is good while I fasten the hook.

I guess it's mind over matter until I hurt myself, which I probably will.

I do not sail with it up and absolutely never motor for fear that the hook would vibrate loose.

I will say that after getting power tilt on my new outboard I would not want to go back to lifting that, ever!

Tim Keating
1985 C-25 TR/FK #4940
Midsummer
Lake Don Pedro, CA
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  11:52:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tim, As I wrote my note earlier, I thought about adding the following comment.

If I did not have gas pistons, Id probably go ahead and rig something using my halyard, the boom and the mast winch.

Rather than horsing it up 1:1 with the halyard and winch, Id use the halyard connected to the end of the boom, then rig a strap around the poptop secured to the middle of the boom, providing approximately 2:1 mechanical advantage.

The strap would have to be at least 2 nylon webbing (seat-belt material) or a stout line. Youd have to compensate the placement of the strap forward over the boom to allow for the travel of the poptop forward as it raises up.

Youd still want someone in the cabin to spot the poptop in this case to prevent it moving back down unexpectedly in case of a passing wake.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain Milford, CT
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keats
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Response Posted - 05/25/2020 :  14:00:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That sounds like an excellent and workable solution Bruce. I'll bookmark it for the future.

Tim Keating
1985 C-25 TR/FK #4940
Midsummer
Lake Don Pedro, CA
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redeye
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Response Posted - 05/26/2020 :  05:12:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Im finally old enough to need this... so saving up now. PLEASE add a safety line to the pop top to hold it up. THE knob that screws down and secures it up can easily work itself loose with wave action and drop.

The line goes from the top of the struts holding the top up on one side, around the front of the mast to snap to a line at the top of the strut on the other side..

Another line holding the radio in the pic has nothing to do with this...



Ray in Atlanta, Ga.
"Lee Key" '84 Catalina 25 SR/FK
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