Boom Crutch Area Soft Core repair

Hello, I am new to Flying Scots. I'm looking to purchase a 1979 FS. The boat has soft floor around the boom crutch. Not sure if this is deal breaker or would be pefectly fine after a repair. I can do the repair myself, just wondering if anyone has had experience with how much damage to the core around the boom cutch area "usually" occurs. ie 2 or 3 sqft of repair. It feels about 1 sqft of soft area so I'm thinking there is 2-3 addtional.
Are there any ramifications for a repaired boat and racing? I have searched the forum for repair methods and found great info. The boat is at a fair price, if the floor was in good shape, which it's not. Any help is greatly appreciated, If we become FS owners we will join the FSSA, seems like a great organization for FS info!
Thank you in advance! CC

Lot's of folks have done floor repairs successfully. If you do a good job and use the right layers of glass and just enough resin to wet it out, the boat should be good to race. Get the materials from Harry at FS Inc. and you can be sure to have the right stuff.

Your skill in sailing the boat, tactical awareness, decent sails, a clean smooth bottom and the setup and tuning of the boat will have a much bigger impact on speed than a foot or two of repaired balsa.

If you are planning to race, the running rigging of the boat, condition of the sails and the condition of the bottom and centerboard make a bigger difference in the value than the soft boom crutch area.

Welcome to the Flying Scot and FSSA. It is a great class.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Hi Phil, Thank you for the post, I'm anxious to get my hands on a FS, but don't want to be to hasty! Since I'm new to this I want to be sure I pay a fair price for the boat. I've ben searching for similar hull# prices but can't find many comparisons. The price is $2500, before I new about the soft core. Boat needs new sails, main,jib. Spnnaker is in good shape. Needs new main and jib halyard. Hull was painted and chipped off considerably. There are some cracks on outside hull, but can't tell if it's paint or gelcoat. Also there appears to be slight bulge at the boom crutch area on exterior hull. I think all this can be reworked, and have a fine boat after some TLC! Is this a fair price? I know it's alot to ask from brief description. I hope I am not out of line for asking these questions? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks Again, C

Having replaced nearly 50% of the balsa in the floor and some on the aft deck, I can assure you this repair is not very enjoyable, but it's fairly straightforward. I was just racing the extensively repaired and repainted #338 against some national level competitors last weekend and I didn't feel the boat was a handicap - the other guys were better sailors, but the boat speed and pointing was fine. On a downwind spinnaker run we were evenly matched despite having an older kite.

The downside to an older boat is more time spent on repairs/upgrades. For me it was either an older boat or no boat. Today, a few years later and a few more bucks in my pocket, I would now be shopping for a $5-7,000 late-model boat that didn't have hull issues. One big plus for my *vintage* ride though is the property taxes (3% of value annually) are negligible, but would be $500/yr for a new Scot. FWIW, I paid $2,000 for my local Scot in 2003 (knowing about the balsa) with a good trailer, 4hp motor and old sails.

Thank you for the input, I saw your Blog, very impressive restore! I had visions of that my self, but we couldn't agree on a price.
I have increased my budget and am looking in the range you indicated. Since I'm new at this, I think a "ready to sail" Scot is would be better, besides I have enough projects to do!