Thoughts on this FS for sale, please.

First of all, I have zero sailing experience. My wife took a sailing course through Pepperdine University and loved it. 10 years removed from college and now in Denver....Here is some information on the one I am looking at currently.

Message from the seller.

"The flying scot is hull #54. It was built in the second production
run. I think 1960.
I repaired a soft spot aft of the center board trunk. Everything else
is in good shape. It has harken hexaratchets for the jib sheets. I put a
mast hinge on it like the newer boats.It could stand to have the
shrouds replaced."

Any thoughts on what kind of maintenance costs, replacement parts, etc. might be needed??? Thoughts on what a good price would be?

Thanks alot! [:D]

I paid $1100 for #157 here in Massachusetts. It had been owned by a community program and kept in pretty good condition although the sails are on the crumby side. Whatever common sense suggests your extra costs should be, simply multiply by X. Hope that helps. Hey, even with all the extras, it's cheap next to winter of skiing.

Actually one of the reasons that I am looking into this is because my wife does not ski. So I want a fun family recreational outlet for her as well. (I can take the 2 boys snowboarding, she(we) can take them sailing. [;)]

I bought a Flying Scot for a low price that needed a lot of cleaning and new lines, etc and had the original 20 year old sails. Mine is #4086. Depending on the price and what updates or repairs it may need, there is certainly no reason not to buy an early Scot.

If the balsa core is solid and the rigging and sails are sound, then go for it. My family sails the boat with me, when it is not so windy and I race with crew from work, at other times. I am having a great time with the boat. The boat sails very dry and stable.

We have a strong fleet in our area, which has made the boat an even better value. The FSSA website has the Caveat Emptor page of Scots for sale, which can give you an idea of boats that are available.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

I picked mine up at a YMCA auction with no knowlege about what a Flying Scot was. I have found it to be the most stable craft around. Only been out a few times but I have loved every minnute (even when we ran out of wind) I added the mast hinge you mentioned and a sleeve around the base of the mast to repair some damage from the old setup. Parts are readily avaliable and there is tons of help for problems and sailing assistance on this site.

FS 1385

Do yourself a BIG favour and get a marine survey of the boat. A Marine Surveyor, accredited by ABYC or orther organization, can look the boat over and tell you if it's in good shape or what work would be required. A qualified marine surveyor can use a moisture meter and sounding hammer to tell you the condition of the coring (an important structural part of the hull). he also inspects rigging, chainplates, sails, etc. Well worth the money.

If you can't find one in your area, join FSSA and find an experienced FS sailor to look it over with you.

Good luck!

(former Marine Surveyor myself)