Originally Posted by rlltrash
How do the Lightning and Thistle compare? I am looking for a boat for club/local racing (nothing too competitive) AND for day sailing.
In an effort to keep my original post short, I did not go into much detail. While the Lightning and Thistle are on my current short list, I am still considering other boats, too (for semi-competitive local racing AND day sailing.)
I want something about that size (16'-20'), with a centerboard or drop/lifiting keel, and at least as fast
as a Flying Scot. (I sailed the FS many years ago and liked it. However, it really bothered me to see the Lightnings, Thistles, Stars, and Solings glide by me. Even the occasional International 14 would pass me!
So, while boats like the Wayfarer, Day Sailer, or Hunter 170 are nice, they are just not fast enough. On the other hand, boats like the Flying Dutchman, 49er, or 505 are poor for day sailing.
I look forward to more replies - or you can email me directly at email@example.com