Found a Flying Scot for $2500 that needs a bit of work. Wondering if someone could help me determine whether its worth it?
I'm working up to 35'+ cruiser but want to get something to hold me over...
This is what seller told me.
19' Flying Scot #3442 for sale. Excellent, well-built family daysailer/racer. Good condition, needs cleanup and sorting out. Two mainsails, jibs and spinnakers. Galvanized trailer
The boat was part of a school until it was put away in a messy way.
The work needed is more than cosmetic. If the work was just cosmetic, I'd be asking more for the boat.
The halyard winches at the base of the mast needs to be lubricated and maybe new halyards are needed. I can't find the winch handle specific to the halyard winches.
The bottom has blisters and if the boat were to be raced or kept in the water, these would need to be addressed. Otherwise they are stable and if the boat were drysailed, could be left in their present condition.
The bottom blisters can be seen on shot #2033
The Shrouds look quite good (in my opinion).
I don't know what that is in the forepeak...
I don't know what those little glassed-in squares are in the stern...gas tank mount?
I crawled around tapping and stomping on the fiberglass and found no saturated areas. Everything is firm.
The centerboard well gasket seems OK.
The axle on the trailer shows rust at the U-bolts. I wouldn't drive it to Alaska, but a little bearing grease should get you down the road. I do not know about whether the lights function.
last pic didnt show up...
Not for 2500. Sorry.
Assume, no lights, needs running and possible standing rigging, complete bottom job, and a rebuilt winch. Plus a bath. Offer them less if you really like it. just my opinion though.
On the other hand, it's a day sailor. If you're just learning, it might be good to learn on a boat that you don't feel bad about beating up and it might also be good to gradually teach yourself some boat repair skills. Botching a rig job on a Scot won't be as bad or costly than doing it on your 35-footer.
Those boats go new for over 12k if I recall. If you're still into it, lowball him and see if he bites.
FS are boats most never grow out of.
If you plan on moving up, pass.
Also, these boats have a cult like following.
Not very often do they come up on the used market.
Buyers snatch them up and rebuild them. Once somebody has their grips on a Scot they very rarely let them go. (These are simply my observations from over the years: I could be wrong)
This one looks to have been sailed hard and put away wet.
But its a great boat. I would love to have a Scot to play around on.
nice boats to sail, I rented them often til I bought Catalyst, but that price sounds a bit high to my uneducated mind given the potential issues.
check the online BUC or NADA guides, if they have FS prices?
Thanks for the answers. I'm just getting into it but was really looking for something a bit more sail ready. I know these new cost over 10 grand...looking more for a cruiser anyway. Just thought I'd check it out since its close by and relatively cheap.
There are a couple of Scot sailors that poke their heads in from time to time here. My comments are below in green.
There are many boats in this size range available. Do your research, talk to people in your area about the boats they sail. That is how I finally got the good deal on my Flying Scot, there are many boats for sale that are not listed.
I'm definitely going to keep looking. I wouldnt mind a boat with a little work needed as it would help me get to know the boat a little more...but I'd rather spend a little more and get a boat that can sail sooner.
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