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Catalina 14.2 vs. flying Scot

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  1. cstrub

    cstrub

    Joined Apr 9, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina prospect 14.2
    TBD US Lake Superior
    Hello. I'm brand new to the forum. I've been sailing a Laser on an inland lake and am looking for something slightly larger so my family can join me and have a true seat. I've pretty well narrowed my search down to a specific Catalina 14.2 and a Flying Scot. I was leaning towards the Scot, but pictures show the Catalina cockpit going nearly to the transom while the Scot is primarily mid-boat. So, I'm not sure the larger Scot really gains much personnel capacity? Any insight is appreciated! FWIW, the two specific boats are similar in price. The Catalina is newer and with less weather wear, but both are fully functional.
     


  2. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,808 posts, 176 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    FWIW Our club is selling a pair of Scots and their trailers, cheap.

    I'm not involved in the process only aware from the flyer on the bulletin board. I can put you in contact with the appropriate person if interested.

    A long trip for you but.....
     


  3. cstrub

    cstrub

    Joined Apr 9, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina prospect 14.2
    TBD US Lake Superior
    Thanks Rick. I appreciate that but better stick with my local options. Just wanting some thoughts from anyone on cockpit sizes and family friendliness. Take care!
     


  4. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,754 posts, 3,750 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @cstrub First welcome to the Forum.
    Both boats are very nice. They (in my opinion) appeal to different folk.
    The 14.2
    • is similar to your laser only with a better cockpit. The area near the transom is not usable while sailing. You need all of that space for the tiller. Your going to be able to sit there once you stop sailing and dangle you arms in the water, but while sailing not a place for anyone. They will be in the space ahead of the tiller.
    • The 14.2 is a single sail boat and geared for daysail experience. If you have others in the area there might be a local racing group. Definitely geared to lake spring time fun for two to four (max) folk wearing life jackets.

    The Flying Scot has
    • A big following. It is designed more as a sloop daysailer. There is adequate space for 3-4 sailors. The space around the tiller is hard deck and since functions similar to the 14.2 is used only when th abbot is not being sailed.
    • There is an organized Flying Scot racing group. The boat has multiple sails (main and jib) so provides good learning experiences as a transition boat for the future.
    I loved racing the Flying Scot in San Diego. Learned a lot and found it a fun boat to sail.
     


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  5. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,808 posts, 176 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    Checked the board. Just in case anyone wanted more info. One is gone the other one is still up for grabs First $500 will take it.
     


  6. Joe

    Joe

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,646 posts, 409 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    Something like a lido 14 might work better... it's heavier and you ca sail it with 4 peeps.
     


  7. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    547 posts, 250 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    Flying Scott is better. No doubt about it.
     


  8. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    547 posts, 250 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    The newer ones might be, but the Sea Scouts own several that are fractional sloops. They're older, though.
     


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  9. Displacesailor

    Displacesailor

    Joined Oct 25, 2015
    26 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina 22
    Un Cave Run Lake ky
    I have sailed Scot's off and on since the early 1970's and for family usage, teaching, and racing they are the better boat.
    A friend has a 14.2 and it is much closer to a over size laser than a scot.

    For a test of a family boat I suggest you step from the dock to the edge of the midship rail and see who dumps your kids in the water. My grandson at age 8 can do both boats successfully but my son has learned the hard way he can not do it, and I just laughed and said I will board a different way.
     


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