Surveying a Flying Scot

Like many others who have posted as newbies on this board, I am looking at buying a used Flying Scot. I have searched the info, but have not found a consolidated checklist for surveying (inspecting) a used Scot. So, below is my ignorant attempt at starting one! Please add to this list or point out the errors, and I will put together a consolidated list after getting feedback.

1) Manufacturer: Douglass built and heirs are good. Customflex is good until hull number 2000 or so, when the quality becomes suspect.

2) Examine the deck carefully to determine if the balsa has water infiltration. Knock on the hull with a screwdriver handle or mallet and listen for a dull "thud" indicating water damage.

3) Examine hull to see if scratches go through the gelcoat and expose the fiberglass cloth. If so, a repair is needed.

4) Examine the fittings for tightness and maintenance. If they are loose or damaged, consider how well the Scot was cared for and what will need to be done to repair it.

By all means, please add your thoughts and arguments. I am creating a checklist for my near-future inspections, and I think such a resource would be a great tool for future folks looking to join the Flying Scot community.


p.s. Of course, if someone wants to point me to a previously created checklist that I missed, that would be even better! ;)

If you haven't already seen it, there is a primer on buying a used Scot on the Flying Scot Inc, website.

It also contains info on repair costs at the factory. I used it to buy FS 4086, and after a bunch of cleaning and replacing of lines (and sails, to race) I had a great boat.

I got lucky in that my boat sat bow up for many years had no bad balsa and no high-water line inside.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Great, thanks. I am making a long, long, list from mutiple sources and will use the info on that site. I particularily like the point that you can nickel and dime yourself to the price of a new boat---I have done similar on other purchases.

OK, here is the list I used when I examined my boat. Sorry that the paste from Word does not retain the outline format. I am absolutely thrilled to have a Scot, and can't wait until the first time in the water!

Flying Scot Inspection

1) Verify hull number and manufacturer
2) Hull Inspection
a. Scratched areas—depth through surface or is glass showing?
b. Delamination check, especially near scratched areas
c. Other previous damage
d. Holes in hull (swim ladder, etc) scratches and delam
e. Inside inspection with flashlight
f. Does it have bow flotation bag?
g. Does it have swim ladder?
h. Any other fittings?
i. Trunk and Bow—Water damage and straightness
3) Deck
a. Balsa Core
i. Thump test with screwdriver or hammer handle---especially near holes in deck from fittings or damage. Should sound hard
ii. Push hard on any suspect areas with hand or foot to see if deflection is present.
iii. Cracking—test for balsa core
b. Swim ladder
c. Boom crutch
i. Is it present?
ii. Recessed crutch socket can have water and delamination in area
4) Centerboard
a. All parts present
b. Operate if possible
5) Rudder condition and completeness
6) Standing Rigging
a. Mast
i. Straight sail track
ii. Operable winches
iii. Tight fittings
b. Boom
i. Straight sail track
ii. Tight fittings
c. Shrouds
d. Mast hinge—is it present?
7) Running Rigging
a. Lines
b. Blocks, especially mainsheet blocks
c. Vang
8) Trailer
a. Structure
b. Lights
c. Hitch
d. Tires
e. Bearings
9) Sails
a. Cosmetics
b. Rips and tears
c. Does main have reefing grommets?
d. Main and Jib alone, or with Spinaker
10) Motor
a. Cosmetics
b. Grease fittings
c. Prop condition
d. Mount condition
e. Locked?

Ask the Owner:
• History, when bought, how many owners
• Accidents
• Repair History
• Is title clean?

Stuff to bring:
• Flashlight
• Toolbox
• Electrical crimps
• Wire
• Multimeter
• Duct tape
• Bunge cords
• Trailer wiring converter
• Grease
• New bearings for trailer