Advice wanted: Scot in the water all the time

I keep my Scot on a boatlift at our neighborhood marina on Lake Norman, NC now, but it will cost me about $2,500 to continue to do so. Another option is to sell the lift, and keep the boat in the water full time. If kept in the water, barrier paint and bottom paint would be used. You can imagine my concerns about doing that, but wondered if anyone had experience with a Scot in fresh water full time. Thanks for your thoughts on the situation. Monroe Lake Norman, NC

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Monroe, There were 2 issues I had when keeping my Scot in the

Monroe, There were 2 issues I had when keeping my Scot in the water. First was the bottom scum which accumulates. Anti-fouling paint cured that problem. Second was water in the hull after storms. No matter what I tried, many times after a rainstorm I found water inside. The most was an inch or two. Typical was around a half inch. We had a wet-slip so it may be different on a mooring. I have a tent style cover, which has the opening aft. Glenn FS 5919

Glenn Wesley

FS #5919 - DJ'

Use to keep my Scot on a mooring on Lake Michigan.

Use to keep my Scot on a mooring on Lake Michigan. I also had a tent with the opening to the back, but never had water inside after raining. I had bottom paint on one year, but would never again. Yes, you will get growth, but beaching it once in awhile to scrub it off was no problem. I rarely even did that. Most time I would just jump off with a mask and clean it. Make sure you have adequate room to swing.

We have a few Scots at our club, Quannapowitt Yacht Club, Wakefi

We have a few Scots at our club, Quannapowitt Yacht Club, Wakefield, MA, that are moored all season in fresh water, including mine. The anti-fouling paint certainly takes care of any growth. I have a Sailor Tailor tent mooring cover and I've never had water in her. My two main concerns with mooring her is high winds (wear and tear on the mast) and her breaking off her mooring. Which, incidently, happened last summer. Luckily, we are on a lake and she just took a ghost ride across the lake where hundreds of people are walking around. We were able to get to her before any damage occurred from the rocks on the shoreline...thank goodness! BA Smith FS381

As a youngster I used to have a boat on Candlewood Lake in Conne

As a youngster I used to have a boat on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut that was raced on Sundays. There was no bottom paint, just gel coat. The summer time race preparation included a refreshing dip over the side with a sponge . Lake Norman is probably much warmer than most of the replies that have answered this question, so the growth will be more than on the cold lakes. I am now dry sailing my Scot on the Cheaseapeke bay where we sometimes get oily stuff on the water. A good application of a standard boat polish with Teflon tends to keep the oil slicks from sticking to the hull. It may also help with reducing slime build up that occurs on fresh water . FS 3512