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! ;)