New owner, old boat questions

Hi All,
I have just become a FS owner (#211). I will be spending some time cleaning up several years of back yard “storage”. I have been reading through several of the posts. I have found several mentions of styrofoam blocks used under the seats for added flotation. If there were any on this boat, they are gone now. Can anyone suggest several places to get replacements?
I have also found the terms dry sailing and wet sailing, what do these terms mean?
I’m looking forward to taking it out later this summer.
I appreciate your assistance.
Thank you,

Congratulations on your new old boat. Talk to Flying Scot Inc. about the flotation. They can help you with "logs" cut to size and shape, and whatever you'll need to attach them.

Dry sailed refers to storing the boat on its trailer when it's not being sailed, rather than keeping in on a mooring or dock (wet sailed).

Hope you get sailing soon.


Congrats on joining the Flying Scot family.

Tell us about your Scot. Where did you find her? Do you have pics?

Where will you be sailing her?

Curious minds need to know these things! [:D]

FS 4957

You can use the pink or blue foam insulation that is sold at Home Depot and other general building supply. It comes in several thicknesses. I have immersed a chunk of this in water for several days and found that there was no water absorption as found by inspection and weight measurement before and after. The foam is compatible with epoxy resin, not with polyester resin. Good luck FS 3512

Hi, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you sooner, but the storm knocked out my internet for a few days. I also don’t have any pictures yet.
Is the buoyancy / floating capability of the blue or pink foam equal to or greater than the buoyancy of the white foam made up of all the little white balls, (think foam cup)?

The weight of the foam is practically the same. In fresh water you get 62.4 lb of buoyancy per cu ft of foam. From that you subtract the weight of the foam which is just a small weight. The critical element in foam buoyancy is that the foam be closed cell foam so that it does not absorb water. FS 3512

Thank you for the information. Do you know how thick the polystyrene should be under the seating area? There isn’t any under the seats on this boat. I was looking at the styro in a home store. The blue extruded polystyrene looks more stable, less likely to fall apart. It is slightly more expensive but I think it would be my first choice. What type of glue or adhesive would you suggest to attach it to the under side of the seats?
Thanks again,

Hi and congratulations on your new boat. I am a new owner of an old Scot and had to replace the under the seat flotation on FS 4347 due to rodent infestation- fun getting the old stuff out!
I recommend getting your flotation from Flying Scot. They were helpful and sent all the material to me ( I think it was about $200 including shipping). You want to glass it in (not the whole thing, just use staps of fiberglass fabric- I think I used 4")using polyester resin as opposed to epoxy resin. The polyester resin is cheaper and will soak the fabric better. Be sure to use wax paper between the flotation and fabric as the resin will melt away your foam if it makes contact. The wax paper can be pulled away when you are done. I found it helpful to support the foam with blocks of wood while I did the glass-work. That way the resin need only hold up the fabric as it dries. I recommend doing one small piece at a time until you get the hang of using the resin. Bring lots of paper towels with you and by all means protect your eyes, lungs and hands.
Good luck,

Rob Volpe
FS 4347