I am a prospective buyer of a used FS. I have read the thread regarding Customflex vs. Douglass and shall proceed with caution if/when considering a Customflex built FS. It is suggested that one check the weight of the boat. What is the ideal weight and, pardon my ignorance, how would one check the weight when considering a boat.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

If you buy a boat that is close to the class minimum, you will likely have a fast boat. There is also a good section on the Flying Scot Inc website about what to look for in a used Scot. Harry at FS, also has a lot of experience with which number ranges were made well, as they do a lot of repairs at the factory.

This is from the FSSA handbook:

2. Hull Weight must be no less than 675 pounds when stripped of all normally removable gear such as spars, sails, rudder, tiller, centerboard, standing rigging, running rigging, etc. Should the boat be found to be underweight, the difference shall be made up with corrector weights fastened to the underside of the seats amidships. (See also CMR #63)

4. The Centerboard shall be of molded fiberglass construction with encased lead with a total weight of one-hundred five (105) plus or minus five (5) pounds. Shape shall conform to the official mold as originally designed by Gordon K. Douglass. There shall be no change in the profile or the cross-section of the blade or the head of the centerboard, and no change in the size or placement of the centerboard rollers. (See also CMR’s #20 & 71)

It is hard to remove the centerboard, so add the two.

How to weigh the boat is a tough one. Any hints from folks who have served as measurers at regattas?

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

It will likely be difficult to weigh a boat when purchasing unless perhaps you purchase through Flying Scot Inc. They do occasionally have used boats available to purchase and they have a scale on the premises.
I personally would not be overly concerned about the boat weight provided you are buying one in good shape, ie; nice smooth bottom, dry hull core and a solid ctbd trunk. One great thing about Scots is how even they are in speed provided they are in good condition. I have #812 and have weighed it using 2 different scales, one has it 28 lbs heavy and the other about 51 lbs heavy. My boat speed is pretty good in spite of some gelcoat issues with the bottom, which I will eventually repair. Another local boat is older than mine a little heavy yet it is fast (and sailed well) in all conditions. I have heard that it is common to find the really old boats like mine to be a little overwieght, so if it is a big concern you may want to stick with a newer boat.
Good luck.

I believe the idea of weighing isto giveahint as to if any water is in the core. I have no idea what the weight would be.

FS 1385

The easiest way to weigh, if you dont have access to a hoist and scales, is to find a local trucking facility, scrap metal collector or grain elevator with a scale. Hop on the scale with the boat on the trailer, then remove the boat from the trailer (ie, have the seller get it ready for a test sail) and go back and measure again. Subtract the difference to get your answer.