The purpose of this site is to provide information concerning alternative rigging systems for the Flying Scot.  The Flying Scot is one of the most controlled one design sailboats built today.  This has motivated most Flying Scot owners to look for clever methods to maximize the limited opportunities available to them in rigging their boats.

I would like to encourage anyone who has digital photos of rigging systems to send them to me and I will include them on this site.  Information can be sent to Fields C. Gunsett (Flying Scot 4770) at gunsetfc@worldnet.att.net.

I personally believe that the majority of differences in rigging are for the convenience of the crew or skipper.  They have little affect on the speed of the boat.  But, if they make the boat easier to handle and more enjoyable to sail -- then, the ultimate affect may be better boat speed.

Click on the major topics below and take a look at methods of rigging your Scot.

Miscellaneous Spinnaker Jib Control Boom Vang Centerboard Mainsheet
Performance prediction Cunningham Links Rudder Outhaul Ideas Provided by Dave Batchelor

One of the strengths of the Flying Scot class has been a unique relationship between the boat owners, Class Association and Builder.  No one has seen more Scots up close that the current builder, Harry Carpenter and his staff at Flying Scot®, Inc.  Harry has always been helpful in sharing his knowledge about the boat.  Before you begin drilling holes in your boat, you may want to give the factory a call and discuss your idea with Harry  - my guess is that your idea has already been tried and you will find Harry's insight helpful.
This site does not endorse any rigging system nor does it make any statement on the legality of a rigging system.  This information is provided only as a courtesy to new and established Flying Scot owners. This site also does not make any suggestion that one rig is faster or superior to any other rigging system.  If you are considering a change on your boat, make sure that you check the Flying Scot Sailing Association Handbook concerning the measurement and limitations placed on the class.

The FSSA Handbook repeatedly makes the following warning.

WARNING

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FORESEE EVERY CONCEIVABLE INNOVATION WHICH MAY BE THOUGHT OF IN THE FUTURE, OR MENTION EVERY SUGGESTION THAT HAS BEEN RULED ILLEGAL IN THE PAST. WHEN IN DOUBT, IT MUST BE ASSUMED THAT ANY THING IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOAT, SAILS OR RIGGING WHICH IS NOT CLEARLY COVERED BY THE OFFICIAL PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OR PUBLISHED CHIEF MEASURER'S RULINGS IS ILLEGAL, AND THAT A RULING MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE CHIEF MEASURER BEFORE ATTEMPTING SUCH AN INNOVATION.

 

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