Interestingly enough, last year I purchased a Snark myself (which I’ve yet to sail) and that relative, upon hearing of my purchase, offered me his free of charge, stored away in a basement ever since that last summer they rented the house on the lake some 15 years ago, now a hull, long since separated from its mast, boom, sail, rudder, tiller, and dagger board.
As the years passed I often talked about how much I had enjoyed owning a boat, especially a sailboat. I picked up a aluminum 10 foot Sears John boat but left the engine at a friend of my father’s who was winterizing it for me. Unfortunately he passed away before I had a chance to pick it up, and the motor passed away into his estate. The John boat has sat idle in the side yard ever since.
About 4 years ago my son, now 25, while reminiscing of those summer visits to the relatives on the lake, asked me about why I hadn’t ever purchased another sail boat and that started the winds blowing. I started to do some research and thru some web searching found the Lightning. I found a colleague who owned one. He offered to take my wife and I for a day sail, which, as a dedicated racer, turned out to be the first he had gone on himself in his own boat, in years. My wife spent the trip on the floor of the boat. I was sold.
The research continued and hull number 7310 was found (laid up by a second owner and hadn’t sailed since the father of the previous owner had passed away leaving it to his son), negotiated for (asking price was $500 with sails, all hardware, trailer, and the "termites"), purchased ($150), and the restoration started. Three years later she is ready to launch, and although I’m not a racer, I’m ready to join my fellow Lightning sailors, and become a sailor once again.
Restoration Log for 7310