Deck Repair

I purchased 2130 a while back, but was not able to work on her much until I sold my big boat :-( I am starting the repairs and discovered most of the deck area - non-skid and gel coat needs complete replacement. I had to replace the teak decks on my other boat and used tri-axial glass with epoxy and finished it with Awlgrip; adding non-skid where needed. Quite expensive, but easier than gel coat. Any other class legal suggestions?

FS5516's picture

Your best bet is to bring it to the factory and let them do their magic. I have seen several very old Scots go there and come back looking like a brand new one. Too bad we can do that with our aging bodies[:)]

FS 5516
Grey Hare

I opted for the factory re-gelcoating on my 40 year old Scot. In a previous life, I restored several Scots by wet sanding and buffing while working at the Gordon Douglas Boat Co., so I was painfully aware of the effort and results available from that otption (i.e. pretty good, but not great). Following the Sandy Douglass Regatta last summer, I stopped by the factory to pick up some parts. Harry Carpenter showed me 30 year old boat that had been re-gelled. It wasn't until I looked very, very closely at the boat could I detect any differences from a new boat out of the mold.

Until that point, I had been thinking of replacing the deck and painting the hull (boat has a lot of close-encounters-of-the-worst-kind evidence after 35 years of racing...) since it was heavily scratched, scuffed and chipped. It was too far gone for my available time to repair.

A major considerationin all this is that the boat has been in the family since 1967. Three generations have raced her and the sentimental factor pulses strongly in the major decisions. It must be tempered with practicality, and this seems to be sensible compromise.

We discussed it on the long drive back to Michigan and decided to go ahead with it. The boat has spent the winter at the factory and should be ready in the next few weeks. I am confident in a happy outcome and we shall write the next chapter this coming season.

How much does a re-gelcoating run? I don't need it done but I'm curious if its really worth to re-gelcoating instead of buying a new Flying Scot, assuming you aren't to attached to your boat.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA


There are separate costs for the deck, topsides, and bottom. We elected to do all three. In the spirit of "as long as you have it torn apart....." the rub rails, floatation, stem-band and centerboard gasket are being replaced with new. I will make a new (mahogany) centerboard cap (the original now hangs on my office wall; the snubbing winch makes a pretty fair coat hook) and rudderhead . The factory will re-shoot the cockpit.

I mention this since my costs will be higher than most. There are other variables like the gel coat color which will bear on the final estimate. I will defer any cost estimte questions to the factory, as they have the best grasp on the range of paramters involved.

As to restoration vs new, if it were any other boat than this one, I'd go with a new Scot. You can set it up the way you want from the beginning and it will be at minimum weight (I'm not sure I want to know what mine weighs...). That being said, we were still competitive last fall and took third in our Districts. I like to think she was looking forward to her makeover at the Deer Park Spa and was happy once again.