Lightning as a Family Daysailer?
We are a family of three; the youngest is going on 7 and is becoming more interested in sailing. We own a Laser (too small to take all three of us) and a San Juan 21 (too big for some of the lakes near us). So we''re contemplating maybe adding another boat -- a daysailer that''s performs well, can accommodate the family and maybe a guest or two on an outing, and can easily be launched on a shallow ramp for a quick afternoon sail. Budget is always a consideration; we do have experience with "project" boats (both the Laser and the San Juan 21!) and would consider a restoration project, or even building our own.
While racing is not a top priority for us right now, we have none-the-less benefitted from the active class associations for both the Laser and the San Juan 21. The Yacht Club on the small lake nearest to us has a small fleet of Lightnings (as well as a larger fleet of Sunfishes).
So what about the Lightning? It looks like an interesting boat. Would it meet our needs? It''s available in a wide range of ages, conditions, and cost, and one can even purchase building plans and instructions.
Are there other boats that we ought to consider?