829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Great Scot!

We rented a Flying Scot this morning for a couple of hours.  There
was a nice southwesterly breeze blowing across the Currituck Sound
and it sure beat sweating it out on the beach.  It proved to be the
perfect boat for the six of us, with plenty of room in the nice long
open cockpit. 

  It's been four years since I've steered a boat
with a tiller, and eleven years since the boat didn't have a keel.
Man, it felt good.  Less is more, the simpler the better.
I almost suggested we practice roll-tacking, but it's hard
to get six people in synch, four of whom probably would rather
be on a motorboat.  They were good sports, though.

 The crew started to get hot and bothered and the idea of
jumping ship was being whispered amongst them.
My wife and I obliged, sailing back and forth for
around five minutes while they cooled down.
Spirits were lifted and they were refreshed for the sail home.
Definitely the highlight of the day.


  1. Sounds great. I'd love to try my hand with a Flying Scot some day. Looks like everyone had a good day.

  2. Hey, we were both on the water in NC at the same time, cb's and tillers!


  3. I knew something felt right that day!

  4. I've heard the Flying Scots are a pretty decent blend of performance but with some room for a family - glad to hear things went well for you with it. I don't know if I'm ready to upsize from a Sunfish, but I will certainly keep a Flying Scot in mind when I do. cheers, my2fish