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Re: Lightnings vs Scots vs Snark vs Sunfish
Putting up a Lightning mast singlehanded can be done, but you'll want to try it with some helpers around the first few times. Missing the partners with the butt of the mast could be an expensive event. You might take some of the excitement out of the equation by attaching the backstay and perhaps the shrouds on one side to keep the mast from falling over in the opposite direction. Rigging and unrigging a Lightning can take a while, too, so you might be hard pressed to go out for short afternoon sails if you have to launch & rig each time you go out. The Flying Scot might be easier to rig. The mast is shorter and there are fewer controls to tweak, so setup might be quicker too. That said, the Lightning is probably the most comfortable of the boats you mentioned. It's a bit heavier and more stable than the others because of its deep steel centerboard. Its large sail area keeps it moving in light air, and can get it up on a plane when it blows. The Flying Scott will plane more easily, but can be a real tub in light air. The best thing to do might be to try sailing the different boats and see which would work best for you.