Thanks to a surprisingly spirited thread discussion of the Frankenscot, on the ever-lively sailing website SailingAnarchy.com, we have no shortage of fresh opinions on the project from both inside and outside of the WaterTribe.
After having removed the seats from the former Flying Scot -- thereby making the boat resemble a bathtub all the more -- it seemed prudent to beef up support for the deck. If there are any non-sailors still here, bless your heart! -- imagine a tupperware dish: a rigid lip gives the lightweight plastic bowls a lot more strength. Same concept with boats.
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With both racks in place, the Frankenscot has a 10-foot, 11-inch wingspan. Since 8 feet is the maximum width for highway driving -- of course the Frankenscot's wings are detachable. A key engineering challenge is to be sure that they detach only on command.
The aluminum tubing of the rack passes through the deck and fits snuggly into fiberglass sleeves, which are anchored to the hull with yet more fiberglass strips.