New Owner Seeking Info

My 82 year old father has always wanted a Flying Scot (his early 70's Dingo Catamaran is a little to wet for him), so when I stumbled on a used Scot a couple of weeks ago my brother and I bought it for him for Father's Day! It was listed as a 1965, but I think the 1334 boat number would be a later year. Can anyone give me a better idea when it was manufactured or any history on the boat? Based on it's condition and the trailer registration date I don't think it's been in the water for over 5 years.

My brother is also wondering why a stainless winch crank is only for experienced users?


I would guess 1334 was built around 1969. I crewed on 1328 when it was new and I was young, so this should be close. The factory could tell you precisely.

The stainless crank is able to put a lot more torque on the halyard winches than they were designed for. The Scot use fairly low halyard tensions, so the ss cranks are expensive overkill, and can be easily mis-used by over-zealous sailors. Stick with the cast aluminum--they are cheaper, sink just as well as stainless when dropped overboard, will break if you over-load it, and develop a lovely patina over time from the polishing action of your hand.

Hi Smitty,

Gallus' guess at 1969 is probably pretty close. I own 1087 and the original title shows that it was built in 1967. I sure hope I'm still around at 82 and able to sail it!


My Scot is No. 367 and FSSA said that it was built in 1962. You can contact FS and they will tell you when it was built.

Chin up

The stainless steel winch crank is used when setting the tension for the forestay with the snug or tight jib setup. The jib halyard is attached to the bow handle and then tightened as needed to setup the forestay. An aluminum crank would break so people resort to using steel cranks or socket wrench ratchet.

For raising the main one should only use the aluminum crank although I sometime use the steel crank because I grabbed it first from the locker. The important thing is never to force the main up. It should go easy. Resistance often means something is wrong.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

I really don't belong on this topic but...oh well....

I've posted a couple times with interest in getting started, with some great feedback and advice. As I mentioned previously, the kinsmanship of youse "Scoters" is admirable. As a Harley guy, it reminds me a lot of The HOG ( Harley Owners Group) comaraderie.

Anyway, one question I have not asked of you old salts (uh...the "old" is merely a figure of speech...OK?) is this: Is the Flying Scot a good 1st boat choice for a COMPLETE novice? I've done a lot of research on the sport and boats, and keep coming back to Precision and Scots...leaning heavily toward the Scot.

Any feedback?


I bought my first and only sailboat 2 1/2 years ago as a complete novice.I had no previous sailing experience (time on the water).
I did take a classroom-only course, but that was 15 years before I actually bought the boat!
For me, gaining forehand knowledge of the principles of how a sailboat operates and what makes it go were very important. The boat seems very forgiving of the inexperienced sailor; I have had only positive experiences on my 2343.I did a lot of mainsail-only sailing in the beginning, and I always get the weather forecast the day before and carry a weather radio on the boat.
I feel fairly competent now, and I do believe the boat itself taught me the most about how to sail.

In my opinion a Flying Scot would be an excellent first boat for an adult. Sails well under main alone when you go out the first time or two, fun to sail single-handed but can carry six easily when you wish.
I started with a wooden Blue Jay and two kids under six in 1968, but if I had bought a Scot then I would probably still be sailing my first boat.

Lake Norman, NC

The Scot is a great choice as a first boat. It is very stable and forgiving, and as it is said many times, easy to sail, hard to sail well. What that means, is you can get out and enjoy it right away but still find it challenging and rewarding as you get better. You have already experienced a bit of the Scot community, so you can draw your own conclusions on the people side. Economically, the Scot is a pretty safe investment, as you can find a used one reasonably, and the market to sell it is there if you decide to do so.

Thanks for the info. I'm a year away from trying to purchase, but very adament in giving it a go. Have always been active but shot knees (uh...and advancing years) have permanently curtailed my catching and goaltending careers.

Speaking of creaky big a problem would that be in sailing? Can't get "as low" as i could before the injuries, and just decreased mobility in general...BUT stil have a "doers" heart...or in other words, good for the soul.

TonyP: I agree on pre-knowledge, in anything really, and have read about anything I could get my hands on...Barnes and Nobles are two of my best buddies. I feel "book confident" as far as theory goes but haven't gotten my feet wet in 35 years. Go time, eh?

A Scot is a great boat for beginners. As said, you can sail it on just the main if need be. Would you sail on a lake or in a coastal area? The ideal wind range for a Scot is 2-18 mph, or so. If it is windier than that, you will find the boat, or any other boat with a large main, to be a handful. As your skills improve, you will find that the unruly days get easier. The heavy leaded centerboard really makes the boat want to stay on it's feet.

It also depends somewhat on your crew. If you will often sail with two or three, or more, in the boat, then you can move the people around as ballast and handle more wind. If you would frequently sail single handed, I find it comfortable and fast up to about 10 or 12 mph. Over that and the "I wish I had a crew along" feeling kicks in.

I almost always sail with two, but I have also had as many as seven kids when my daughters drag all their friends out.

The Scot is fine for your knees. You don't need to duck low under a low boom, and the lack of hiking straps means you keep your butt in or on the boat. If you look at the big class events, there are lots of Scot sailors going very fast into their seventies and beyond.

Did you find a spot to go for a ride?

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086