Serious Question

I am returning to sailing after 25+ years absence. The local club has a large FS fleet. I have little interest in racing at this point. I am considering the FS because it will satisfy all my needs in a boat. The stability of the FS allows for other water activities. I plan to use a small electric trolling motor instead of an outboard. I hate motorboats, BTW. The question: Have any of you ever fished from your FS and are willing to admit it? Constructive comments welcome, please. And yes, I know I'll look silly. So what!

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I have trolled a fly in Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya from the sai

I have trolled a fly in Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya from the sailboat Boston Whaler used to make. I caught a 10lbs. Pacific crevelle jack. I didn't think I looked silly after I caught the fish.

I've trolled for stripers and chased schools of bluefish on my P

I've trolled for stripers and chased schools of bluefish on my Pearson 35 Slow Dance. Go for it! [:D] Sailing FS 5409 in Narragansett Bay

Thanks guys.

Thanks guys. I plan to head out early and cast the banks then sail until tired. Do you think I could pull a skier?[;)]

Not while fishing [;)] Sailing FS 5409 in Narragansett Bay

Not while fishing [;)] Sailing FS 5409 in Narragansett Bay

You don't need any motor.

You don't need any motor. If you have good wind then enjoy sailing. If the wind dies then just pull out the tackle box and fishing rod. That would be the best way to pass time. Truth to be told, I'm not a fisher so I don't know what the best approach is to catching fish. But my kids have a toy fishing rod that they use to pass their time. It works great even under full sail. Of course there are no hooks on it. I don't want to bleed. [;)]

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

Fishing is fun from a flying scot.

Fishing is fun from a flying scot. For your convenience, do not use too long a fishing pole. If you are anchored, you can pull the sails down, and cast. If you are sailing at approx. 2 knots, trolling is fine. Otherwise you are probably going too fast for the fish to bite. If it is windy, put your sails into the "heave to" position, and you will move in the direction of approx. a reach at about 2 knots of speed, which is just right for trolling, and you don't need to worry about the sails being in the way. Several years ago, we caught a 40 inch bluefish off Rockport. In Cape Cod Bay, it's mostly been small sharks, but we are still hoping for stripers. Maybe next year. Randy Williams Brewster, Mass. FS 5710

In the given scenerio, consideration should be given to the "tor

In the given scenerio, consideration should be given to the "toreego" unit. The battery and motor are one unit and it folds up for storage and effective weight placement. West Marine has it in their catalog.

quote:[i]Originally posted by FS5257[/i] [br]In the given scene

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[i]Originally posted by FS5257[/i] [br]In the given scenerio, consideration should be given to the "toreego" unit. The battery and motor are one unit and it folds up for storage and effective weight placement. West Marine has it in their catalog.
Nice idea but a little pricy for my.

I've seen lots of folks fishing from scots, and i think it is a

I've seen lots of folks fishing from scots, and i think it is a wonderfully comfortable boat for that. i would recommend one of the stronger elec motors if you expect to be out on any windy days without sails - - the boat weight makes it tough to push upwind in a breeze. also, get a deep-cycle battery designed just for trolling, since you don't need the higher starting current like they use on gas motors - - walmart has them under $100. rb

randy blough, FS1954