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Flying Scot Question

Over on the FS forum I posted a similar thread, but there is a lot more traffic here, so thought I would see how many of you Flying Scot guys are here.

I was looking for a reasonable small boat to get back into sailing with. I have never owned a sailboat, but sailed extensively years ago. But I would like to start smaller, yet own a quality boat. I happened to find a Cal 20 at a good price, which needed a bit of work. But no trailer and only a trolling motor, but I am considering it. Then I happened on a FS, 1984 model. Has a trailer in good shape three fairly good sails that look like they would do for a while, solid hull, looks complete, nothing soft, just needs paint and a few other minor things. Around $1000. I know that's a good price, but I would like to get something with the best resale in case I want to "move up" in a few years, or whenever.

So after that long winded explanation, I wanted to know about the diffeences in year models and haven't found much online. Is there any reason to give added weight to a newer, versus older (60's-70's) FS, or are they basically the same if in similar condition? Anything else to consider, or some links to production info and history? There aren't any fleets in my area to go ask.

Thanks in advance, I'm excited at the prospect of obtaining a FS.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

They should be the same. One designs need to be so all boats can theoretically be competitive with each other.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

Hi, I had an older flying Scot and the only thing I found different was the main sheeting, end of boom old to mid boom sheeting new most everything else was the same but the price. haul # 1 is still winning races. Good sailing boat.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

Thanks guys, that makes sense. Now it's a tough choice. The FS I like also because the original owner is the seller and they maintained it fairly well until the last 2 years, where it has sat unattended. Seems like the value is pretty high as well, looking at recent classifieds. And a lot easier to move around. But the Cal 20 is pretty sweet, just needs more work. Decisions, decisions.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

Are you going to try to trailer sail it? If so the Cal 20 is going to take a lot more effort to launch and retrieve it.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

If I decide on the Cal then I would not trailer it around, that's why the FS is the advantage in that regard.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

The Cal 20 weighs around 2000 lbs: CAL 20 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
whereas the FS weighs less than 900 lbs: FLYING SCOT sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
The FS can get up on a plane and be quite exciting to sail.
The Cal 20 probably won't sail on a plane or be as exciting a sailor but you can probably sleep on it.
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Re: Flying Scot Question

I owned a Cal 20 for a year in 1967. One day while sailing we saw hull numbers 1, 1000, & 1100 all out sailing. They all looked alike. The Cal was a fun boat. Comfortable in all kinds of weather, easy to handle. She could turn in her own length. Our slip was broad side to the inside of the tip of a J shaped marina. We did not have a motor. Not exciting sailing, but always fun. I introduced my then wife to sailing on her. The Cal was responsive, and let you know when you made a knucklehead move, but it was always easy to straighten things out if we messed up. We sold her when I got COS orders
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