Pulling a Scot out of water without a tow vehicle

I'll be floating my new (to me) Flying Scot for the first time this Spring and am not sure how i'll go about retrieving her. The boat is kept in a yard right off of the water where it can be easily rolled over to a gentle ramp with a trailer dolly. However, this launch area is intended for small boat lauched by hand only so they don't want tow vehicles running around in the area. My question is whether it's feasible to pull a Scot & trailer OUT of the water by hand with a dolly or if that is too much weight. Is anybody doing this and, if so, how much help do you need pushing/pulling in the process?



If you are doing this by yourself and or on a regular basis, it sounds pretty difficult.

I have never done this but I

I have never done this but I have an idea. I hope it helps.

Perhaps you can put the trailer in the water secured to a comealong in the front, pull the FS onto the trailer, secure that and then pull the trailer and the FS out using the comealong.



Once a season

We would launch and recover our Scot from the marsh each season with a Seitech dolly connected to the trailer. She went in pretty easy, had to control the speed a bit from what I recall. In the fall, once cranked on the trailer I think we had two pushing and one pulling to get her off the marsh and up the hill to the backyard. Definitely doable, but not preferred for a weekly routine.  I guess if your crew is young and strong enough...

Thanks for the responses

I had a feeling it was doable but there's nothing like real world experience to confirm hunches. Good idea to use a comealong - I'll investigate that idea or maybe choose another boat launch.


It will greatly depend on the

It will greatly depend on the ramp condition, incline, and the trailer condition. If you use a come along be careful not to stand behind it (or have anything important there) in case something gives way. I would avoid a rope and use something that cannot snap back (like you use on a trailer wench).

If you can sail (or paddle) to a real ramp maybe it is easier to move the trailer and vehicle there?


Very challenging

i would be very careful about trying to pull a Scot up a boat ramp without a car.  Boat ramps tend to be slippery, and many have a drop off at the end if the boat gets in too far.

if you are going to try this, be sure you have a good group of helpers that can pull it out if it gets to be too much for you.  I have been to regattas where they have used small lawn tractors to ramp-launch boats, to save space and not have cars running around the launch area.  Possible?

Keep in mind that the boat with trailer weighs about 1200 lbs all up.

Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

block and tackle did the trick

For anyone else facing a similar challenge, I picked up a 4 way block and tackle from Amazon (link) and it made the task of both launching and retrieving the boat & trailer manageable by just myself and a helper (wife/teenaged son/etc). The key for this to work was having a good anchor point at the top of the ramp.

I do not do this, but the

careful with a come along