Buoyancy Bag Requirements

I am having difficulty finding definitive answers to some questions about the new requirements for Flying Scot racing. What are the specific requirements of buoyancy in the bow? Is this required for all races or only sanctioned regattas?

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See notice from FSSA website.

See notice from FSSA website. The bow bag is now required as part of the class specifications. In our fleet we are requiring it for any boat that races. It is easy to put in and a great way to increase safety on the water. Phil Scheetz NOTICE FROM THE CHIEF MEASURER As pointed out in the President Letter the requirement for bow bags and transom ports was added to the Specifications as the requirement by a vote of the FSSA Membership at the 2007 NAC. This change is mandatory for all boats effective on 1/1/2009. Boats that intend to participate in the 2009 Midwinter Championship, the North American Championship and the Wife Husband Championship need to make a special effort to install these items, as they will be checked at these events and others. These venues are known to be windy and installation of this equipment will facilitate rescue and recovery in the event of a capsize. The kits for these items, including the appropriate hole saw, will be available from Flying Scot Inc. at these regattas for installation on site. Please note that the builder of the Flying Scots has installed these as standard equipment on new boats manufactured since 1992. Bob Neff, Chief Measurer Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

I saw the notice and it tells me almost nothing.

I saw the notice and it tells me almost nothing. What are the specs for the bag and securing it? Is the only alternative to purchase the kit from Flying Scot Inc.? The paucity of details for a required modification and the high cost of the floatation kit appears to be a conflict of interest to me.

Flying Scot Inc.

Flying Scot Inc. offers a kit along with detailed instructions on how to install it as it is done with new boats. The FSSA Handbook provides the class requirements which may be useful to review if another method is chosen.

Pages 28 and 29 of the Master Constitution and Bylaws describe b

Pages 28 and 29 of the Master Constitution and Bylaws describe bow floatation and transom port pretty well. It can be downloaded here. The specs do not require that the items be bought from Flying Scot, Inc. You actually have a choice of any of three types of bow floatation. Greg Flying Scot #1087 [This post was edited to point to the updated version of the Handbook, and the pages covering bow boouancy and transom ports. Hank Sykes, Editor]

I have seen a similar bag at APS.

I have seen a similar bag at APS. It seems to cost a little less than from FS Inc. The bag from FS Inc comes with everything you need. This ruling was put in place 15 years after the builder started including them in boats, so they must have really planned ahead for this to be a moneymaking scam. There was a two-year grace period. Bottom line, these things make the boat easier to rescue in a swamped condition and cost up to $178, if you use the bag with the cover. Sounds like about 1% of the cost of a new boat. If you want to save some money, the kit without the cover does the same thing. You just have to be more careful not to damage the bag. Here are the instructions. http://flyingscot.com/documents/instructions/Bow%20Air%20Bag%20with%20Co... Have fun, Phil Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Hove 2, in reply to your question as to whether the bow bag and

Hove 2, in reply to your question as to whether the bow bag and transom port are required in all races or only in sanctioned regattas, the answer is that they are required in all races in which Flying Scot class rules are in effect. This will include pretty much any Flying Scot one design race, even if not a sanctioned event at which measurement and inspections take place. Hope this helps. J. Lott Fs 5698

FSSA required or not, you will be very glad to have the bouancy

FSSA required or not, you will be very glad to have the bouancy bag and drain port installed if you swamp your Scot ..especially if you need a tow; it makes a big difference! Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA