Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club
I'm considering Scots for a college Phys Ed instructional program. Specifically, what seems to be the best mast float to buy and use? I have heard about one that goes up the mast track above the main, which would allow the float to be used only when it's blowing. When the Scot turtles, do you have issues with the centerboard retracting into the trunk making righting more difficult?
The float can be purchased from Flying Scot Inc. It goes up with the main, and the halyard shackle holds it in place.
The centerboard can retract abruptly, but a bigger impediment to righting is that the boat will be swamped if turtled. When you bring it back up it will contain hundreds of gallons of water. Lots of bailing.
Thus the float dramatically improves the self rescue capability of a Scot.
If you arequick and nimble you can right a Scot without the float before the mast sinks. The float gives you a LOT more time to get it back up and makes it very hard to turtle.
Keep in mind that the class rules require a flotation bag in the bow, and a transome port. The bow bag is meant to keep the bow up, so you can bail. The port allows water to drain if you are being towed by a resue boat.
There are two great videos on YouTube demonstrating the recovery of a Scot. The first is from North Carolina Community Sailing and show the recovery techique with the masthead float without turtling: http://youtu.be/NWTwCbi_g70
The second is from DCsail and shows (1) how quickly a Scot can turtle without the masthead float, and (2) some of what is involved in recovering a turtled Scot: http://youtu.be/RtE-VprtWuo
Capsizing without turtling is a minor inconvenience. Capsizing and turtling involves several hours of work and likely some repair $s.
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