New Flying Scot owner with Questions

First, any Flying Scot owners sailing in Upper Chesapeake Bay ?
As a new owner of FS 3162 with sail inventory 3 mains, 3 jibs and 2 spinakers,I am considering adding a roller furler for the jib and a jiffy reef kit for the main to make it easier and safer to reduce power. I am also considering bow buoyancy bag and flotation for top of mast. Comments and advise will be much appreciated. Jim

Those all sound like good ideas if you will be sailing long distances on open stretches. I have seen the sail flotation from Flying Scot and they don't seem to make much of any difference in speed. The bow float bag sounds like a good secondary measure. The mast float makes the boat resistant to turning turtle, and I have heard the bow bag makes the boat harder to swamp if you right it with a lot of water in it.

When I bought my Scot, I ordered a new bailer from FS, and it is gigantic, but luckily, I have not gotten to use it yet. I have seen guys put a bucket up under the foredeck and leave the anchor line in it, and plan to use it to bail major water if they swamp. (Although I have never seen a Scot swamped in my short time of owning one)

If you want to race, the roller furler is not legal for racing, but if you have multiple jibs, you could probably have the sailmaker clean up the sail shape when they put the luff on for the furler. You could then keep whatever is your freshest jib for racing, without the furler.

I have to say, I have been very pleasantly surprised at the overall stability of the Scot. I have single-handed it in some very gusty northwest days, at our lake. Even with the boat heeled to the point of having the boom in the water and the sail clew wet, the boat will pop back on her feet, as soon as you get the main eased. I often single-hand with the jib sheet cleated, and you can almost always trim the boat with just the mainsheet, but there are sometimes when you will be forced to ease the jib to stay upright. The weighted centerboard helps keep the boat shiny-side-up.

I have to say that crew weight does help, if you are way-overpowered. I sailed last year at the NERD regatta in October and on the first day, the racing was postponed because 30 MPH puffs were rolling through the course and three in the boat was a big advantage in these conditions, as we all had to work back to the boat club.

I sail at Lake Nockamixon mainly, but travel with the boat at times.

Have fun,

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086