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weight distribution in Lightning

Best placement for a 40 pound cooler of food and drinks for a full day out sailing? Or should one use two coolers to divide the weight?
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Re: weight distribution in Lightning

the location would depend on whether you are going sailing so you can eat or going to eat so you can go sailing
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Re: weight distribution in Lightning

cant you fit a small cooler in the bow?
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Re: weight distribution in Lightning

Two 20 pound coolers would be best.
Having owned a Lightning and brought a smaller cooler on board I'd say that the best place for the weight is up against the forward part of the center board trunk. This position will eat up a lot of space on the cockpit floor though.
I used to put the cooler a little further forward, closer to the mast foot. You just have to compensate a bit by sitting a little further aft.
Make sure the coolers will float!
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