Hiking with a flying scot

My family and I haven't been able to push our flying scot as hard as we think we could because we have no way to hike off of the boat. Do any of you use the "hand-hiking" lines or have you installed hiking straps? Where do you suggest we buy these accessories from? Thanks! -Adam Back #4003

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We use the class-legal hiking line, attached to the top of the c

We use the class-legal hiking line, attached to the top of the centerboard trunk cap, at maximum length. If you aren't hiking HARD using either the jib sheet tail, or a hiking line in big breeze, you will be slow. Class builder and past 2-time NAC champ Harry Carpenter has a large plate on his mainsheet cleat swivel that supports the cam-cleat which actually is also a toe holder for the skipper to tuck under and get OUT there. I use the standard Harken Main cleat to do the same, but Harry's is an inch or 2 longer, allowing and inch or 2 more leverage to hike on. There are other creative hiking assists evident at most regattas. Hiking straps are illegal in Flying Scots...always have been, always will be.

there are a number of techniques that you can use in addition to

there are a number of techniques that you can use in addition to the class limit hiking rope in the middle of the centerboard trunk. The crew can put a foot under the foredeck. They can also cross their feet under the jib sheet. The skipper can put a foot under the aft deck, or wih a solid pair of sneakers put your toe under the main sheet block.

Also, if you have sturdy shoes you can put the toes under the ce

Also, if you have sturdy shoes you can put the toes under the centerboard trunk lid that overlaps the centerboard trunk a little. Of course I don't get my but over the edge of the boat, which is key to good hiking.
Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

Claus, what do you mean that you do not get your butt out over t

Claus, what do you mean that you do not get your butt out over the side deck and that's good hiking? please advise, not clear to me as a beginner here. Frank