Lightning, 1969, Katy, Texas, $3,875, price reduced 3/19/08 to $3,495, sold 4/5/08

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1969 Lightning #11135

  • Length: 19'0"
  • Beam: 6'6"
  • Displacement: 700 lbs
  • Draft (board down): 4'11"
  • (board up): 5"
  • Mast height: 26'2"
  • Sail area (main & jib): 177 sq.ft.
  • (spinnaker): 300 sq.ft.


    Main features: Good looking, fun, fast, and well behaved! Not a featherweight racer and not a barge, just well built.

    Designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1938, and built of fiberglass by Allen Boat Co. in 1969. Her life expectancy may exceed yours!

    Beautiful maroon hull with white deck and white trim. Mahogany splash boards, teak floorboards and custom made wooden rudder and tiller make her a standout in any crowd.

    Stainless steel centerboard weighs 125 pounds or so and comes up easy. Mast and boom are black anodized aluminum. Mast has a stainless steel tabernacle that makes it easy to step the mast without any special equipment. Windex is included. Sails include two mains, two jibs and one big blue and yellow spinnaker. Wooden spinnaker pole.

    Built in ice chest. Built in charger for the battery (included) that powers the trolling motor (included). Built in bilge pump keeps rain water out if she's exposed to the elements while on the trailer. There aren't any leaks. And she also has a full cover for storage on trailer. Cover works with mast up or down.

    All the rigging is in good shape. Nothing has to be replaced. Adjustable rear stay is showing some rust, so if you are looking for something to do, you could replace the adjustable part. The stay itself is standard 1 x 19 stainless and in good shape. Harken 3" blocks handle the mainsheet. Harken blocks also guide the jibsheet. Grace is ready to go right now!

    Trailer tires are even in good shape! LED trailer lights and bearing buddies. Current Texas license for the trailer and current registration for the boat. The combination weighs about 1000 pounds or so and can be pulled with a four cylinder car and a Class 1 trailer hitch and 1-7/8" ball.

    Grace used to be racer. She's too old to race now, but she still loves a little informal competition and she's usually the fastest boat on the bay or lake. Always the prettiest! A delight to sail any day!

    Grace is currently on her trailer in a covered storage unit in Katy, Texas.

    Greetings and felicitations, O wise man of boat sales!
    Please mark my boat, Lightning 101, (aka grace) as sold. I followed your instructions to the letter and the boat sold for the listed amount. The buyer told me he saw the listing on sailingtexas.com, which is the best place to sell a sailboat in the world. But you knew that.
    I am profoundly grateful for your advice and your services, particularly as regards boat buying/selling scams.
    I actually sold the boat twice. The first time I sold it was for $44,000.00! To a scammer of course. I sold it again today to a guy who wants to go sailing. For him, I delivered. I haven't even tried to cash the scammers check. Its sort of a collectors item!
    Katy, Texas

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