new FS owner

 Hello all I recently acquired a FS.  I have sailed and raced FS many years ago and have always kept my eye open for one.   I have not picked up the boat yet and had a question about stowing the mast when towing the boat.   My thoughts were to place the mast and boom on a couple life vests and tie them to the boat.  BUT I thought I would ask if there was standard way to stow the mast and boom for moving the boat.I picked up hull 1069, from a bit of gazing online I take it this was built in the late 60’s.  I am sure there is a hull number with the date in it but have not gotten that far yet.  The boat and trailer look very good. The interior floor has been redone; the wet balsa was taken out and replaced.  I am bit concerned about the weight looks like a bit of extra glass there.   The keel has a ugly patch job I will have to make some decisions on.  That covers the first half hour of looking at the boat so I am there will be a few other issues. thanksDwight 

Hi Dwight,The usual way of stowing the mast for towing the boat is having a yoke that fits into the rudder gudgeons at the stern and another yoke that either fits onto the mast step or fits into the space in the stanchion that is just aft of the mast step. The boom is usually stowed in the boat, positioned as far forward as possible to keep it from moving forward in case of a sudden stop. I own hull number 1087, which was built by Customflex in Ohio in 1967. I think the requirement to have the boat's identification number on the hull did not start until 1972, so it's possible that the hull number is not anywhere on the hull of your boat.Regards,Greg





 Thanks for the reply, I have one yoke will see if the other is available.  Wow the boat looks good for being 45 years old.  Were ratchet blocks standard on the jib and spin blocks?Dwight 

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I bought my boat in 1999 and the the jib blocks and the mainsheet cleat all had ratchet blocks. I don't know if they were original equipment, but they look like they could have been. There were no spinnaker sheet blocks on my boat when I bought it, so I don't know about those.GregFlying Scot #1087

The yoke at the stern is metal and has a rod that goes down through the rudder gudgeons.  The forward yoke is a wooden fork, that fits in right behind the mast step.  You will also need a tiedown strap.  Some of the old boats had a tiedown board that went across the back of the cockpit.  Also be sure the boat is secure at the bow.  Usually the winch is a good sturdy attachment at the bow.

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Some of the older Scots may not have the metal rod that goes through the rudder gudgeons.  They may be made of wood with two metal angles mounted on it.  If this is what you have, the rudder pin is then used to hold the yoke on the gudgeons.  In addition to the winch being taut, I use an extra line to tie the bowplate to the trailer in case the winch fails.  If its an old trailer, and the winch looks questionable,  I advise using the line to tie it down just in case.  Nothing worse than trailering along and hitting a good bump and watch the boat launch up in the air.  Also check the bunk boards.  I found out one day that one of my bunk boards came loose and there was a nice vertical steel post aiming for the hull.  Caught it in time before it did any damage.  Good luck and welcome to the FS class.

 Thanks you brought up just what I was wondering it does have the metal rod with a rather small V on one end.  So what holds it in the gudgeons?  I thought it would make sense when I set it up.   I have not moved the boat yet waiting to get the title straight.  Yes I agree a few extra lines holding a boat down never hurts.  I have given the trailer a good once over looks good,  not going to far will take it easy.Looking forward to getting it should happen this week, might get in a sail or 2 in before the season is over.dwighthull 1069

In the gallery on the third page is some pictures of mine, you can see the yoke in the back of my boat , and on the front I made my own support to fit inside of the stanchion.  another reason to use this over cushions , is the deck is very slippery , and the second reason is getting the mast up over the tow vehicle.   My boat is a 64