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Re: Lightning Buying Tips/Suggestions
The nice thing about a plastic, or glass hulled Lightning is that it can be repaired simply with mostly a sander and a boat snot kit (epoxy and cloth etc).
When woodies start to leak and absorb water then you have bigger problems.
I'd suggest you start with a modest priced glass hulled boat like the guy from Michigan is offering and spend your surplus on the good stuff, like new sails, running rigging, spit, polish and varnish.
It seems that a brand new Lightning, set up for racing with all the bells and whistles will cost you close to $30K - judging by some of the newer hulls resale asking prices. There is no reason I can think of to buy a brand new hull when a serviceable one could be had for a few $K and you could make it a good racing/sailing platform for you.
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