Flying Scot vs Buccaneer vs others

I'm in search of a Flying Scot in Virginia. Having trouble finding one in good shape that I can readily afford. Keep coming across Lightnings and now a Buccaneer and have been attracted to Hunter 18 and 216. Have a Laser now, want to sail with my family and sail something a little less volatile, but still lots of fun. Do I keep looking for the perfect Flying Scot (as I save up $) or go for the Buccaneer? Nada Book Value for FS seems to be off by quite a bit. Can I get a 20 year old FS not in need of restoration for under $3000?


Keep looking.

Keep looking. A Buccaneer is a good boat, but it will be harder to find boats to one-design race with. Also the boat is a little more tender than a Scot. The Lightning is still a strong class and boats can be gotten at a wide range of prices. There is probably wider range of condition and equipment, as Lightnings were initially made in wood and then fiberglass. Scots have always been fiberglass, and the aluminum rigging has been the same since day one. The masts, booms and hulls are all roughly equal. Craigslist has boats that sell at relatively low prices. The low-price boats sell in a day or two, so look often. If you want to race, get the Scot or the Lightning. If you want to be comfortable, get the Scot or the Hunters. If you want to race and be comfortable, you can narrow it down to the Scot. One other point that may be a consideration for you. A Scot can be raced with two or three, and be competitive in most conditions with two. A Lightning is almost always raced with three and there are more lines and adjustments to tweak. If you crew situation makes it tough to keep two crew, plus you, then the Scot may be a better choice. A decent Scot for $3000-5000 can probably found that is race-able, and in Virginia, if you decide you are ready to sell it, you can probably recoup almost all your money. It's the same reason you are not finding a cheap boat, because they hold their value. That you have fleets around makes them that much easier to re-sell. Welcome to the Flying Scot! Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

All the Hunters at our club just sit on trailers or have been so

All the Hunters at our club just sit on trailers or have been sold. Get a Scot.

I've owned a Scot and a Bucc.

I've owned a Scot and a Bucc. If you want something less volatile, then definitely go with the FS. The FS is more stable and more roomier. The Bucc will go more in less wind, but my crew (and sometimes me) spends constant time moving up and down as ballast, although the spinnaker snout is nice.

A 1990s era Flying Scot for under $3,000 will be very, very diff

A 1990s era Flying Scot for under $3,000 will be very, very difficult to find. The average asking price for a 90's era Scot on the FSSA's Caveat Emptor (from 2008 to present) is ~$8,500. With some hard searching, an older Flying Scot from the 70's or 80's can be found at that price point. Again, this is from the Caveat Emptor and I believe that most of these Scots are in better condition (higher asking prices) than what you would find on Craig's list or Ebay. Since this is a Flying Scot forum, we know that the Flying Scot is a great value. The info above attests to that. [:D] Good luck in your search. Andy FS4957

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