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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » F - Boats starting with 'F' » Flying Scot

 
Flying Scot Flying Scot
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Description: Flying Scot
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri November 1, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Flying Scot is a perfect design for families who enjoy daysailing and one design racing. The Scot was designed by Sandy Douglass (Thistle & Highlander) and first produced in 1957. Unlike other classes, all Scots are made the same and the class adheres to a very strict one design philosphy. The Scot is easy to rig, fast to sail and built to last. The Scot's stability is exceptional which allows my family to sail on days when there are no other centerboarders out. I have been sailing in the Flying Scot class since 1966, and would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have.




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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun April 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have found the Flying Scot to be one of the best purchase's I have ever made. I picked mine up at the factory new and saw the whole process. This boat is built like a tank and with only minor care should actually last a lifetime or two. Extremly comfortable for a daysailor and provides a very stable platform for beginners. Don't forget this is a centereboard and it can be made to go over, but it takes alot and either you are sailing in extremly windy conditions (20 mph or over) or you have made a really big mistake. An absolute strength of the Fly Scot is a committed
builder who will stand by this boat and provides all parts if needed on an immeadiate basis. This is a boat that has
a strong race following in the Northeast and many fleets that enjoy showing new owners the ropes.
There are no glaring weaknesses for the Flying Scot as I see it. Don't turn it over, its a lot of boat to get back up. It's not the fastest 19 footer on the water, but with the spinaker up and the wind blowing I don't think you would know the differance.
I really like my scot and at the rate its holding up I plan on leaving it to my son who is seven now. By the way I
race it at least once a week from May to October.
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Review Date: Sat March 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Flying Scot is truely one of life's bargains. I purchased our family's boat in 1977 one week before my wife and I got married. We decided to buy the boat instead of wedding rings and have never regretted the decision. We've been married for almost 23 years and the marriage and the boat are both still in great shape. The Scot is a superbly designed and constructed daysailer and is easily trailered. We have taken our boat on many trips and have sailed in all sorts of conditions. The boat is extremely seaworthy and the most comfortable daysailer I've ever encountered. It is a fast boat and great fun to race. It's a simple boat to sail as evidenced by the fact that my 11-year-old can singlehand it. Resale value is excellent (I could sell my boat today for what I paid for it after 22 years!) Factory support is excellent and quick. In summary, the Flying Scot is an excellent choice and has been one of the best choices I've ever made (along with my wife)! Look at other boats but buy the Flying Scot!
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Registered: May 2000
Posts: 8
Review Date: Sun May 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Flying Scot is without a doubt the best "One Design" sloop for general family use on the market today. After sailing a large number of one designs, including the Flying Scot, I finally purchased a new Scot (FS 5310) this year.

I have to say up-front, the Scot is NOT the fastest sail boat on the water, though under a spinnaker she can handle her own. However she is EXTREMELY stable and dry- making her ideal for family outings as well as racing.

The Scot is easily towed, and rigged, and coupled with her stability, make her an excellent boat for beginners. However her performance, coupled with tight one design rules, makes racing her a challenge for those with more experience. Control of the class design is strict, so if you race, it really tests your sailing ability, not your ability to outfit the boat.

In terms of construction, she is VERY well built, and the builder uses first rate components. With the exception of required Coast Guard equipment (life jackets etc), she comes ready to trailer and sail. The builder and his entire organization are extremely responsive to the customer.

The only con I have seen is the boat is fairly expensive, even used boats when you can find them. (Though if you own one this could be considered a "pro" rather than a "con")


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Registered: October 2006
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 179
Review Date: Fri October 27, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Value, construction, comfort
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Since no one has reviewed the Flying Scot in five years or so, and I'm a delighted new owner, I thought I'd weigh in.

After 25 years away from sailing, my life, location and finances finally made owning a sailboat practical. I began researching early in 2006, looking for something in the 15 to 20 foot range ... a trailerable daysailor. I learned years back on Rhodes 19 keelboats on Lake Michigan. From that experience, I knew that I wanted a comfortable and well-built boat ... something I could race, but primarily day sail, and I wanted it to be practical for singlehanding.

I found and purchased this used Scot from an authorized dealer in late July. The only other boat I looked at seriously was the Thistle, which I'd had an opportunity to crew on in early July. The Thistle is lovely and fast, and would have cost me less, but was a bit tender and small for my needs.

Over the balance of the summer and fall, I've found the Scot to be everything everyone else says. Stable, comfortable, easy to trailer and launch, pleasurable to singlehand. Many of my day sails this summer have been with crew who've never sailed before and I've never been concerned about their safety or mine. As other Scot owners will tell you, she's not the fastest hull on the water, but what I've discovered is that she amply rewards good sailing skills and attention to sail trim. It's a kick to trim a jib sheet three inches and feel the boat respond dramatically and instantly. And when I've got the main trimmed right, the helm is balanced so perfectly, I can take my hand off the tiller for a sip of beer.

I'm very pleased with this purchase. Buying used, I have every expectation that I'll be able to sell her when that time comes for approximately what I paid. In the meantime, I'll enjoy taking a good sized cooler (which fits easily under the afterdeck), a bunch of sandwiches and a good friend or two out for my definition of a perfect afternoon.
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