1975 classic cedar plank and mahogany Lightning, hull # 12015 with full foam block flotation (removable).
Built in Ohio. Currently in Denver, CO.
An inch-thick file folder is included including the original S&S plans and "How to Build a Lightning" booklet along with receipts and other miscellaneous paper work.
Clear title for trailer; Colorado does not title boats.
A light cosmetic restoration was performed in 2013.
The teak transom was finished in 12 coats of varnish and now shimmers.
The topsides have 5 coats of Interlux Sea Green; it's not glass-smooth, but it's very close.
The rub rails were sanded and varnished - only 3 coats.
The bottom was faired and painted with two coats of polyurethane.
She has always been dry sailed; there is no rot whatsoever. Very lightly used North main in excellent condition, two jibs in good condition, older North main in average condition; Haarstick spinnaker in good condition. Newer twin Andersen bailers.
Standing rigging is in excellent shape.
Painted steel centerboard is 9/10; 9.5/10 mahogany rudder; running rigging is average but functions well.
Hardware is all circa 1975. Custom ultralight aluminum trailer with newer tires and good bearings; spare tire included; wheels have been refinished; removable light bar.
Custom tie-downs to ensure safe transport on the highway.
Average condition Sunbrella full deck cover. A-frame supports and winter covers.
A black aluminum mast and boom are included at full asking price, or may be available for purchase separately.
This boat is absolutely gorgeous; we receive compliments every time we're out.
However, she's not perfect. The interior varnish shows some usual wear on settee and centerboard trunk edges, but overall it is in very good shape and would only require some touch-ups. The sitka spruce mast and boom need to be refinished as the varnish is flaking off in places. There was some slight seam parting that has been reglued with G-Flex epoxy.
The mast and boom are strong as we have sailed in 15 knots with gusts to 25. The deck needs to be painted.
Some of the hardware could be replaced to make the boat a little easier to sail (e.g. upgrading from clam to cam cleats).
You'd have no problem enjoying her as is, or doing some additional work to bring the boat from an 8.5 to a 10 - this boat has museum-piece potential.
Overall this boat appears to have been lightly used with a clear lack of dents, dings, or scrapes.
We are selling her because she's the only classic Lightning in Colorado, and would like to be able to compete with the plastic boats; that said, we are open to trades for a fiberglass Lightning or Laser that is race-ready. 12015 needs to be with other classic boats.
Willing to deliver up to 500-1000 miles depending on final sale price.
Serious inquiries only.
Additional images available by request.
Asking $3,995 but will consider reasonable offers.