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Re: Recommendation for 16-20' Racer/Cruiser
So my issues with the Flying Scott are a tad legandary locally... I amsolutly loath the things, and am convinced that the only reason they are still commercially available is because there are already so many of them out there. It's a self fulfilling cycle of mediocrity that lures people in, convinces them sailing sucks, and then ruins potential converts to the sport. So in no particular order...
1) the FS isn't self rescuing, so if you broach and fill the cockpit with water you will now need a tow to get you back in. Self draining cockpits are now so close to assumed on modern boats I wouldn't buy anything without one
2) the rigs are all wrong for the sails. Booms in the FS have to be treated as disposable because the boat requires so much vang that a broken boom is a once a regatta happening. It's so common top race teams carry a total least one if not two spares to a weekend regatta.
3) the daggerboard trunk penetrates into the cockpit, using up all of the available space and is is commonly known as the 'shin basher' for good reason
4) the stupid crank... hasn't been used on any boat besides the FS in 50 years for good reason
5) slow as all blazes. A modern design of abou the the same weight like the VX-One is rated about 100second/mile faster than the FS. the VX costs about the same when new btw.
6) expensive class controlled sails, and very tight OD requirements mean there are no worked out upgrades in the non-racing market.
7) it's seriously overpriced. Sure you can find a beat up used one for a couple of grand, but find any boat built e same year that wreck of a Scott was built and it will likely be in the same price range. Rigged ready to sail on a trailer a FS is upwards of $27k, or about 90% the price of a VX-One (The Viper 640's smaller, but much newer sibling).Sadly the VX justhasntbeen out long enough for used boatprices to hit your price range or I would suggest one over even the Viper.
I could go on. But I think you get my point. The FS was designed as a family day boat sixty years ago. Since them better designs, better materials, a deeper understanding of boatdesign has lead to fundamentally better boats. In much the same way that the average 1957 sedan is a world of terrible compared to a 2017 sedan. It's not that the FS was terrible when it came out, but by modern standards it is.
Weta trimaran - but it's a 2 person boat max
Stiletto 24 - at the very top of your price range
There are more. If you step down to just 2 people it gets a lot easier btw everything from 420's to a 29er open up. Meaning a far more fun boat to sail for less money.