The Lightning, a 19-foot trailer able centerboard sloop, designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day sailor and racing boat in the 1930’s. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. The Lightning 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 is room in the cockpit for two couples or a family to day sail. 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.
In India, Colaba Sailing Club has spearheaded the International Lightning class fleet since the last 34 years. The club initially had only one wooden Lightning class boat donated to it. Later it acquired fibreglass Lightning boats built in a mould developed by Sheri Bamboat for Colaba Workshop.
In 2011, a new Lightning mould was built by XS Marines taking into consideration the improvements as seen in the foreign hulls. The first of these boats, named MARLIN was built for Colaba Sailing Club.
The boat is now supplied with an aluminium mast and boom extruded in India as per the International Lightning Class specifications, machined and galvanised racing centreboard and the boat is fitted out for club racing.
The new improved Lightning is exclusively available for sale through XS Marines. In addition XS Marines offers a unique after sales plan for the Mumbai sailor. (read more by clicking on the ‘Storage and Maintenance’ tab)
If you would like to test sail this latest version of the Lightning or if you would be interested in visiting our boatyard, feel free to get in touch with us.
Visit International Lightning Class Website – www.lightningclass.org
Hull length: 19 feet
Beam: 6 feet 6 inches
Main sail & fore sail: 16.4 sq mtr
Spinnaker: 28 sq mtr
Designer: Olin Stephens
In addition XS Marines offers the Mumbai sailor a comprehensive purchase and after sales services package.
1. Removal and closing the boat for the monsoon months.
2. Storage during monsoon i.e. for 4 months – first monsoon free.Subsequent years on chargeable basis.
3. Pre launching – cleaning, repairs to damages to the boat, polishing,supply and painting of antifouling.
4. Launching of boat.