New Scot Owner

Hello all! I just purchased FS#4862 and can't wait for the weather to warm up in NC so I can take her out. I crewed on a friend's Scot in High School a few times but thats the limit of my experience in a Scot. I have many hours of lessons and sailing in a Sunfish so i'm looking forward to learning to sail my boat. My wife is a total newbie and is starting from the beginning so if there are any sailors in the Charlotte, NC area i'd love any advice you might be willing to part with. Lessons on Lake Norman are in our future so we can start off right and learn the basics. The only thing my boat didn't come with that I would like to have is a motor and motor mount. If anyone has them for sale, i'd love to know. Additionally, what are the best places to launch from in the Charlotte area on the following lakes: Badin, Norman, and High Rock? [ed. posted by Griffin North] FSSA Forum editor

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Lake Norman is a great place to sail a Scot and you do not want

Lake Norman is a great place to sail a Scot and you do not want or need a motor there. The LNYC has a 50+ boat fleet of Scot and a good facility for dry-sailing Scots. [ed.posted by Dan] FSSA Forum editor

If you do decide to use a motor, I've had great results with my

If you do decide to use a motor, I've had great results with my two and a half horse Evinrude or my 36# thrust trolling motor. The factory motor mount sold by Flying Scot is just fine. Either motor will foul the mainsheet under the right conditions and at the most perverse times. There are remedies for that. Having my motor I can sail until after sunset and the wind dies, eking out every minute of sail time, and then cruise back to shore. I remember being becalmed in the middle of a lake in the moonlight and watching someone on shore break into my truck and steal my CD player. A motor is a tradeoff but, I think, makes for more versatile sailing.