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When I was a kid my cousin had a Flying Scot, Jr. (About 13 feet long) He and I raced with a friend who had a Flying Scot (about 19 feet). Your boat reminds me an awful lot of that. Here's a link:

Flying Scot® Sailboats

Looks like they might still be making them.

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FD class website

My first stop for info on the Flying Dutchman would be the International FD class association website may not have everything you need but appears to have a good amount of information. It even looks like they have a forum where you can ask questions. Also, there is a FD California region website.

Regarding Larry and Susan's post, yes, the Flying Scot is still in production. However, I am not sure how much of a good comparison it is to the Flying Dutchman. They were designed by different people, for different purposes. Yes, they are the same length and both start with Flying... But I think that is where it ends, the Scot is 850 pounds, the Dutchman 350 pounds.

The way the shrouds are tensioned on the Scot is very simple. The chainplate has multiple holes and the plate on the end of the shroud also has multiple holes. Which holes you select determines the effective shroud length. The mast is then raised by tilting it up, and then the forestay is attached and the (wire) jib halyard tensioned. As far as I know no other boat has the same system, the Scot has a rare custom halyard winch set-up to make this all work.

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You may find some help at this site Bootswerft Mader
Mader manufactured Flying Dutchman and may be the only manufacturer of them still left in business. Most of the others are long gone.

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History of your FD

I was a member of the Kent State Sailing Team from 1990 - 1994 and I never thought I'd see that boat again. We sailed Lasers and FJs. Around 1992 - 1993 a woman from Cleveland offered to donate her husband's FD to us. I believe you have that boat now. I can give you a little history of the boat but I'm not sure it's going to help you a whole lot.

The story goes that the woman's husband took the boat out on Lake Erie one day and capsized the boat. In the process, the man ended up drowning. I don't know whether his body was recovered but the boat was towed back upside down. When the mast hit the bottom, it was bent 90 degrees and ruined. We essentially took the boat and placed her into storage at the old Campus Bus Service garages off campus. There were grand ideas to resurrect the boat but, if what I was told is true, the club fizzled out sometime in 1995. I seriously doubt anyone that was around when I left would have put her back together.

That being said, the original mast would couldn't have been repaired (the repair would be obvious today). What you have is more than likely a mast from another boat. If whoever bought the boat from Kent State got the masts with the boat, they are more than likely NOT FD masts at all. They were probably matched up with the boat sometime after. You may not have all of the hardware to properly mount the mast to this boat. You may simply (if not already) have to purchase new hardware and put it together from scratch.

Like I said, I don't know if that helped you or not.

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wow !
That's a pretty crazy story...
It has the number 383 on the transom, so I assumed it was part of a raced fleet...
I'll have to look at the masts more carefully to see if they are actually FD masts or not.. that was pretty much all the boat had going for it ...the hull is quite a mess and the sail bags are more of a collection of sails, none of which seem to go with the boat..

The timeline ~1995ish sure sounds accurate.. the guy I got it from probably left Kent State in 1998 !

Thanks for the help !

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