Centerboard use

I bought a Scot last fall after having sailed only keel boats in the past. My Scot quickly became the most fun boat I've owned. My question deals with how to maximize the use of the centerboard. I'd like some of your rules-of-thumb/generalizations regarding control vs drag for the various points of sail and wind conditions. That's a pretty general question, and there are infinite combinations, but I'm merely looking for general guidelines. Thanks.


i am new, too, but the following is a good article by dave fisher that covers everything:
he says "Downwind, raise the board to balance the helm.
This is the best guide in all conditions on all points of downwind sailing. Make the helm neutral (still keeping the boat flat). On a tight reach in breeze, it might be as much as ¾ up."
at a seminar recently, i herard folks saying, as a thumbrule: all the way down to windward, 1/2 way up on beam reach, almost full up for downwind.
here's the spinaaker tips:
and here's the scot tuning (setup) guide for racing


Thanks rb

That was the kind of thing I've been wanting to read. Of course, coming from keel boats I started last fall with the board all the way down for everything and had been experimenting with raising it when off the wind. Still, using available resources, like asking others who know, is a lot faster and safer than trial and error.

Thanks again.


The techniques found in Greg Fisher's book and online in the North info are great. Generally you will almost always have the board all the way down going to weather.

At the weather mark, you can usually bring it up some to reach to an offset mark and up some more for a triangle course reaching leg. Off the wind, the board position will depend on the angles that you are sailing and how windy it is. If you have weather helm, the board can come up. If you think you are sliding sideways and have some lee helm, then it needs to go down.

The amount of heel and the trim fore-and-aft will also affect helm.

Winning in One Designs, by Dave Perry is also a good book on making the boat go.

Have fun,

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Thanks Phil

All those pointers help.