what to look for in a fs for racing

i just started racing this summer and i'm already hooked. i was thinking about get a used FS for around $5k but it appears that they may have been made by different mfg's over the years. is there any general advise or recommendations as far as what i should be looking for or to avoid? ie.. hull number series, certain rigging setups, specific builders, sails, common problem areas that require repair, etc. i'm not looking to join the ocean volvo races.. just want a decent boat to have fun with on thursday night club races.. and i don't want to have to do any major repairs to get the boat on the water right away and racing (i already have 2 'project' boats that keep me busy off the water). thanks joe

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Go here: http://www.

Go here: http://www.flyingscot.com/usedboat.html for advice from the builder himself. Good luck! Greg Flying Scot #1087

Top ten for racing: 1 Sound boat, as shown on link in previo

Top ten for racing: 1 Sound boat, as shown on link in previous post 2 Smooth, clean bottom 3 hull rigged to race, standing rigging that is decent 4 spinnaker gear and pole 5 decent sails including spinnaker, newer is almost always faster 6 trailer which can get you to the race, and home 7 a good solid vang 8 Waco 360 cleat for centerboard is very helpful 9 boat covers, provide more sailing/race time and less cleaning time 10 practice, practice, practice In general Douglass or Flying Scot Inc boats are very consistent. If you follow the guidelines from Harry, you can't go wrong with these boats if the price is decent. If you read the equipment lists for the Racing and Radical Racing boats on the Flying Scot website, these are a guide. If a boat is "family rigged" you will probably need to add a few things, like the spinnaker stuff. On the other hand, depending on where you race, you can be pretty competitive and/or just have fun, in some fleets without using the spinnaker. Have fun, and welcome to the class, Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

[;)][;)] Contact Ron Pletch at ; he is a Scot guru (as in fast)

[;)][;)] Contact Ron Pletch at ; he is a Scot guru (as in fast) and has his current Scot for sale, which might be in your budget and will be fast & ready to go right out of the box.

Depending where you are, Bruce and Jackie Cattanach have #3817 f

Depending where you are, Bruce and Jackie Cattanach have #3817 for sale. This boat goes fast, they were second in challenger at the wife/husband. They sail out of Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank NJ. http://www.fssa.com/fsforum2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1364&SearchTerms=jollymon Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

thanks everyone for your posts.

thanks everyone for your posts. i checked out the FS website regarding used FS's and emailed both Ron and Bruce for more details on their boats. cheers! joe