Recovering swamped Scot

Looking for an authoritative description of best method to recover a swamped Scot which is equipped with transom port and bow floatation, using a motorboat. Particularly interested in what if any harness or bridle is required, and how to attach it to the Scot. Thanks.

J. Lott

Toms River Yacht Club gave out a great how-to sheet on how to apply the towing bridle a swamped Scot at last years NAC.

The bridle has about 50 feet of line which is attached to a powerboat. The line has a large loop in it, which goes around the swamped boat. The loop goes right behind the chainstays, so that as it snugs up, the line to the powerboat ends up under the bow, right on the centerline, about 3 or 4 feet back from the bow curve.

The way it goes on the boat, is that one leg of the Y has a loop and the other side has a carabiner. The two legs are equal length. Thus when the carabiner is on the centerline of the cockpit, the joint in the Y is right under the centerline. To get it there you slip the joint of the Y under the bow, and then move back with each side, and clip the carabiner with the line behind the chainplates.

If you have a fax number, I may even have a copy of it around. You need about 100 feet of line in total, plus the carabiner.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Phil, thanks for your kind offer to fax me the Toms River sheet on the towing bridle. My fax number is 414 298 8097 and make sure you put my name on the cover page. Thanks again.

J. Lott

For everyone's information, I am posting the response I got when I asked Flying Scot Inc. the same question about recovery:

"You can tow a swamped Scot out without a bridle if it has the bow bag. Get one or two people to sit on the aft deck and tow by the bow eye. If the tow boat has enough horse power, you can bring the Scot up onto a plane and empty it through the transom port. If the water is rough, as it usually is for a boat to capsize, be sure to get the jib lowered and attach the halyard to the bow plate with good tension to take the play out of the rig. I had a forestay extension break once and the whole rig came down. A bridle is a good idea in case the bag fails."

Flying Scot Inc. also has a sheet which describes the construction and use of a towing bridle. They will e-mail a copy to you if you ask.

Jay Lott
FS #5698