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Lightning, 1975, Denver, Colorado, $4,990, Price reduced 9/2/14 to $3,995, SOLD 5/8/15

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Lightning, 1975

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.

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