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1984 Flying Scot Day Sailer

$12,000 USD

Seller's Description

Standard features

Contact Lawrence at SixFourSix-ThreeZeroZero-TwoThreeSixSix

Boat is located in Huntington, New York.

I offer my Flying Scot for sale for $12,000.

The deal would include not only the boat and all its gear but the trailer, a fiberglass dinghy that I have used to get out to the boat, and preparation for launching by the boat yard.

New Scots cost about $30,000.

The Flying Scot is a fiberglass day sailer designed in 1957, and intended for a crew of 2 or 3, although I have usually sailed it single-handed.

It is 19’ long, weighs about 800 pounds, has no extreme features, is unusually stable, and is quite comfortable to sail.

The boat has superb sailing qualities.

Despite its moderate design, it is unusually fast for its size and sails well in all conditions.

It is especially fast in light airs, when you need only 5 knots of breeze to go sailing.

Also so good downwind that I’ve never bought a spinnaker.

In 15 knots with a full crew she also planes easily.

The Flying Scot class, with about 5000 boats, is one of the largest one-design sailing classes in the country.

The boat is used for both day sailing and racing, and there are racing fleets active in many locations all around the country.

Built in 1984, my boat is #3976.

I bought it in 1999 and have since used it only for weekend day sailing off a beach in Huntington Bay, on the north shore of Long Island.

On these waters, I can usually outpace all other sailboats, except for catamarans.

Construction is robust.

I have encountered only minor maintenance problems, but these have been easy to fix because the Flying Scot company stands behind the class.

They can mail you parts quickly.

While my boat is generally in good condition, to race it competitively would require buying new sails and smoothing the bottom.

Aged almost 80, I am selling the boat mainly because it has become too much boat for me to handle single-handed.

I expect to get a smaller day sailer, and I continue to sail and race on larger boats.

I attach a recent photo of my boat on her mooring off my beach in Huntington.



Uffa Fox/O'Day
O'Day Corp.
# Built
Monohull Dinghy


Length Overall
16 9 / 5.1 m
Waterline Length
15 5 / 4.7 m
6 3 / 1.9 m
0 7 / 0.2 m 3 8 / 1.1 m
580 lb / 261 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
Total Sail Area
144′² / 13.4 m²
Sail Area
102′² / 9.5 m²
20 6 / 6.3 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
41′² / 3.9 m²
13 9 / 4.2 m
6 0 / 1.8 m
Forestay Length
15 0 / 4.6 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.7 kn
Classic: 5.27 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.7 knots
Classic formula: 5.27 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
>20: high performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
<100: Ultralight

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


The DAY SAILER II is an updated version of the original DAY SAILER and featured positive foam flotation and a self-bailing cockpit.
A MKIII version was built from 1985-1990 (which is not considered class legal for one-design racing).

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