Current year NIHSA Full or Associate Members (18 years of age or older) and with a Restricted Helmsperson, Helmsperson, or Skipper Rating may charter the NIHSA Flying Scots through our online system. Members qualify to charter by completing the club’s Basic Training Course, or by demonstrating their competence in a comprehensive checkout sail. Once you’ve been approved, we will email you the password to access the chartering part of this site.

Charter Fees

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: Morning: $24, Afternoon: $24, Full Day: $48

Weekdays: Morning: $12, Afternoon: $12, Full Day: $24

Morning = pre-dawn to 2pm, Afternoon = 2pm to dusk

Flying Scot Winch Handles

Flying Scot charterers are required to have two winch handles.

Secret of not breaking a winch handle – when applying a lot of pressure, make sure the handle is fully inserted into the winch and hold the handle in the middle, not at the end.

Purchase Flying Scot winch handles, $8.50/handle, at the R&W store, Bldg 31, or from David Neff, the owner of the Selby Bay Sailing Center. You can’t count on finding him, so jump on it when you see him. Flying Scot winch handles are not sold at boating supply stores.

Departing and Docking

Standard Departing Procedures

  1. Sign out in log book; lock shed door.
  2. Remove or move boom crutch to get boom and main out of the way.
  3. Leave main tied on boom, and jib stowed, for less windage when paddling.
  4. Lower centerboard 6 inches (roller 6″ from fully up) and rudder half way down.
  5. Release boat from mooring lines. Notice where and how the boat is tied up so you can secure it correctly when you return.
  6. Push out of slip and paddle to leeward side of pier or piling and secure bow line.
  7. Hank on the jib and attach jib and main halyards.
  8. Release boom vang and main sheet. Adjust outhaul and reef main if necessary.
  9. Raise the main, having crew hold the boom up (easier to fully hoist the sail). Let the tiller swing free to prevent the boat from sailing.
  10. Remove boom crutch and ease adjustable topping lift if appropriate.
  11. Raise the jib until the toggle under the bow is approximately level.
  12. Store all gear and check that centerboard line and all sheets are clear.
  13. Lower rudder blade completely.
  14. Prepare to cast off by swinging the bow in the direction of departure.
  15. Cast off and immediately lower the centerboard half way.
  16. Once you are clear of the shoals in Selby Bay, lower the board the whole way and HAVE A GREAT SAIL!

Standard Docking Procedures

  1. As you approach the shoals in Selby Bay, pull the centerboard half way up.
  2. Depending on wind direction and velocity reduce sail as appropriate. If wind is greater than 15 knots, lower, remove and stow jib as you approach the harbor.
  3. Approach side pier or piling by luffing into the wind to control forward speed.
  4. Do not attempt to sail into the slip; use pier instead.
  5. With bow line ready, the crew should be prepared to fend off and secure the bow line. A boat hook might help retrieve the mooring.
  6. The instant the boat is secured, let go of the tiller. Release the main sheet and raise the centerboard the whole way to stop the boat from sailing.
  7. Lower the main and tighten the topping lift or put boom in crutch.
  8. Lower, remove and stow the jib if it is still up.
  9. Furl and tie main on boom; clip halyard on mast ring.
  10. Lower centerboard 6 inches and paddle boat to the slip.
  11. Secure all mooring lines.
  12. Raise centerboard and rudder the whole way.
  13. Secure jib halyard to bow plate and tension it to tighten rig for storage.
  14. Replace or fix items lost or broken.
  15. Bail boat, if necessary, sponge it down and cover it.
  16. Log in, then lock shed door…and have a safe drive home.

Motor Instructions

There is one electric motor in the NIHSA shed which can be attached to the Flying Scots if desired. Instructions for its use are in the process of being updated. In the meantime, contact the club if you are interested in knowing more about how to use our motor with the Scots.

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