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On Buying a Used Flying Scot

With over 5800 boats built since 1957, there are used Flying Scots available from time to time. If your budget is not up to the demands of a new Scot, a used boat can be a good alternative. The Flying Scot's tough construction allows it to stand up to use and abuse better than most any other boat. You still need to be careful, however. You can easily spend more to buy a used boat and get it into shape than what you will be able to get for it if you try to sell it later on. We often talk with owners who got what they thought was a great deal on a used boat. After they nickel and dime their way along for a while, however, they realize they would have been better off to get a new boat set up the way they wanted it from the beginning. A new Flying Scot will hold up for more than forty years with a little care - what other product lasts that long?

We occasionally have used boats available at the factory. Call to see what is available. Used boats that we sell have been inspected to be sure they are sound. If it is a boat that we own, we offer it with our five-year new boat warranty. If it is a used boat we are brokering for one of our owners, we sell it "as is" with no warranty, but we have checked it out and believe it to be sound.

The most important area to inspect in a used Flying Scot is the balsa core. If the glass around the core is somehow compromised, water seeping in can cause delamination and a serious structural problem. This can be fixed, but it is expensive. To check the core, take something that is hard, but will not mar the gel coat and tap on the entire deck and the inside flat sections of the hull. We use the handle of a hammer or the plastic handle of a pocketknife. The deck and hull should sound hard. If it has a dull thud sound, it may be delaminated. Push on the suspect area hard with your hand or foot to see if you can detect any deflection of the top glass layer.

Holes through the deck for fittings are a common area for core problems. Any holes through the deck or hull over the core should be well sealed with a marine sealant. Boats allowed to sit with a lot of water in them that freezes can also have core problems or a problem with the centerboard trunk. A high waterline around the inside of a boat is a bad sign and the boat should be inspected carefully before you buy it.

Scots made in the 1970's with a recessed boom crutch socketsometimes have problems. Heavy down pressure on the boom crutch can cause the layer under the core to separate from the underside of the core and lead to water penetration and delamination.

Most other problems are easy to recognize. Let the board down to see if it is badly damaged. Look into the trunk from top and below to be sure it is sound with no sign of water penetration. Sight the sail track of the mast and boom to see if they are straight. Check the sails for tears, holes, etc. Check the trailer bearings, lights, and winch and look for cracks in the frame.

What follows are average costs for repairs made at the factory. This list is to provide you with a ball park idea of what a repair might cost. Each individual job is different, however, and the actual cost of a particular job may be more or less, than the estimated cost below.

Flat charge to turn boat over and back $70.00
Replace deck $4,900.00
Replace hull balsa core $2,850.00
Balsa repairs per square foot $77.00
Replace centerboard trunk $3,510.00
Re-gel coat deck  - this service is no longer offered
Replace gunwale molding $180.00
Re-gel coat hull from waterline to gunwale - this service is no longer offered
Repaint waterline $200.00
Repaint bottom $550.00
Re-gel coat bottom - this service is no longer offered

(Last updated May 2008)


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