Cruising the Scot

If there are other cruising people out there, let's fill up this topic.

I would like to chat with folks about sail camping and sleeping aboard the Scot. I am planning two cruises this summer and need all the ideas I can get.

Has anyone set-up their boat with the roller furling jib?

How about lights on the Scot? I have a mast-head "at anchor" light. I'd be glad to share the design.

My anchor light is a battery powered (self contained) , 4 AA's, that was purchased as a clamp-on stern light. I have addapted it with lugs to be hoisted up the mast by the main halyard. It extends above the mast head by several inches. It also has a photo electric switch so that it comes on at dark etc. I will be glad to send pics if anyone is interested.

FS Inc. offers a roller furling set-up. I wonder if anyone has used that one.

JC, although not being an expert on this subject I think that the additional flotation would have to be placed as low as possible so that it’s in the way of the crew or takes away storage space.

Instead of doing that I would go with the mast head flotation. That will prevent that the boat swamps in the first place. This also could save your gear since the boat won’t flip upside down.

Do we have some volunteers to do some turtle, swamp, and mast head flotation tests? I bet we all would be interested in these result but most of us are to chicken to do that. ;)

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA |

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That tent is pretty slick. Is it off the shelf? If so what's the name of the manufacturer and the name of the model?
Thanks, Jim Richards

quote:[i]Originally posted by Lee Sokol[/i]
[br]It's great to see Barry277 back on the forum. Barry, you gave my husband and me lots of advice before we cruised FS 2302 on Core Sound back in 2005. At that time, we took along a tent and camped on Cape Lookout National Seashore. After that I made a tent that we use with the boom raised. We use the main halyard as a topping lift on the aft end of the boom and the spinnaker pole topping lift to hold fore end of boom higher on the mast track. (We bought an extra slide for this.) We use five plywood panels laid across the seats and trunk for a bed. "Portapotty" is a bucket with WagBags. We've cruised SC Low Country, Pine Island Sound (Sanibel and Captiva in Florida) and the Ten Thousand Islands off the Everglades. If you have enough patience, check out photos at

quote:[i]Originally posted by John Merrell[/i]
[br]Hello Barry, I'm a first time FS owner. We hope to camp cruise and sleep aboard our FS 1210. Can you email me photos of your plywood panels, how they fit and all that jazz? Early thanks...Johnquote:[i]Originally posted by Barry277[/i]
[br]I use 2 7ft x 2 ft plywood panels laid next to the centerboard trunk on a couple of 2x4 risers screwed to the edge to 'flatten' the cockpit floor ( I throw them in and use them in place while sailing), and sleep in a bag with a self-inflating air mattress (the thin ones, quite comfortable) under the bag. Boom tent is mandantory. A small Kenyon canned butane fuel stove, and a solar shower, couple of 5 gallon soft plastic water jugs. I anchor in shallow water so often that I don't use an anchor light, but I carry a battery-powered 360 degree light on a pole hoisted on the main halyard if necessary. Running lights are battery powered LED sunction cup units, they stay put and are exceptionally bright, made by AquaSignal. Bugs are hard in Core Sound in North Carolina, so netting is also a must. Coolers are under the aft deck and forward. Two cheap folding chairs are great for getting out of the cockpit and sitting and the fore or aft deck for the sunset constitutional. The Scot is a great cruiser, I've carried loads of gear and gunkholed many spots not reachable by most other small boats!

Lee, how's the tent holding up in rain or wind?

Claus FS5074 Seaweed Ames, IA