Lightning Sailboat Parts and Equipment

Class Description

The Lightning, a 19-foot trailerable centerboard sloop, designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day sailor and racing boat. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. The Lightning's rig is simple, but offers sophisticated sail shape controls. The hull features a unique hard chine design that combines the stability that provides sail-carrying power, with flat bottom sections that promote planing. There's room in the cockpit for two couples or a family to daysail. The Lightning is easy to launch and light enough to trailer with ease. In the event of a capsize, she can be righted and sailed dry by her crew. Get "The Best of Both Worlds.

Class Specs
CriteriaImperialMetric
Beam (ft/m)6.52
LOA (ft/m)195.8
Main & Jib Sail Area (ft2/m2)17716.4
Spinnaker (ft2/m2)30028
Displacement (lbs/kg)700318