wanna buy a Scot

I am looking at a Flying Scot I think the year is 1959-1961. The owner claims it was garage kept for many many years and still has a glossy finish. My question is is there any advantage of buying a vintage Scot? should I be concerned about hull that is aproaching 50 years old? ? how can I determine the true value? Could the boat actually compeat racing? Does fiberglass have an expiration date?
I welcome any valid replys..

This is a pretty early Scot. A boat of that age can certainly still be competitive. Fiberglass doesn't really decompose, and if the boat was kept indoors, it is unlikely that it has any balsa problems.

Today's boats usually have updated hardware, but you can always update it.

Harry Carpenter sailed "First One" which is boat number One at the recent North American Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.

If you have a local fleet, I am sure that someone familiar with Scot's can help you figure out if the boat s in good shape.

Have fun,

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

If your not interested in rebuilding the boat, I might be.[:D]

The Flying Scot has been in a garage for 40 years, why does it need rebuilding? I will be picking this boat up on Thursday Site unseen and my knowledge is lacking. What must I do to update? how much has changed over the years, or is what's there good enough for me. would it be better to remain authentic and original be more desirable? the owner said there is once surface scratch on the port side about 30" long and he said some small surface cracks in the gelcoat. There is a stain on the deck from putting a box on the boat while in the garage..he said the sails are in good condition but they are a heavy delcron. I feel fortunate to find a boat garage kept for 40 years I want to continue storing it indoors but will be sailing in salt water for the first time..

If the boat has been in a garage for 40 years, it's probably not in need of any rebuilding.

Some of the early hardware could be updated with newer gear, to make it more efficient, particularly for racing.

Certainly newer, fresher sails would be faster for racing, but depending on condition, you may have some good life left in them.

What is the boat number?

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Hull #287 now is mine. After a close inspection the mask has a crack where the pin inserts into the boom for stepping and unstepping. A Mask sleeve is needed at this time, the hardware is old and some of the rachetting gear is just worn free. one of the stays is frayed but just 2 or 3 strans still has a lot of strength left. all the wood looked great and is not faded and still retains its luster..If I
could post pictures of it I will.
I am the 3rd owner he bought it when it was only 2 or 3 years old back in the 60's. Any one knowing the 1st owner can they please try to ontack me. I do intend to race in Lake Pontchatrain here in Louisiana..


On that stay, does it look like it was bent in a sharp bend, and has a few broken strands? If so, its strength may be compromised. Probably the least fun you can have in sailing is to have the mast come down.

Take a good look at the rest of the stays and halyards, and be sure to check the toggle under the deck, at the bow, to be sure it is threaded correctly and fixed so it can't unthread.

The ratcheing stuff is probably corrosion, not wear, on a boat that age.

Have fun,

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086