New Lightnings

— Cabreuva SP Brazil  Phone: Phone 5511 4529 6307

Nickels Boat Works — Flint, MI Phone: 810-767-4050 Fax: 810-767-4060 E-mail:

If you have any questions, we would surely like to help you. Please feel free to contact us through we will connect you with people in your area who sail Lightning’s and can help you decide which boat really fits your needs. The biggest benefit of the Lightning Class is the depth that we have in terms of geographical activity….. We want you on the water.

Used Lightnings

15549 - Nickels - Fully loaded with Harken Carbo blocks and high performance lines (spectra for spin halyard, spin sheet, jib sheet, and mainsheet). Boat and all components are brand new. Bright ORANGE hull.  Coolest Lightning ever produced.  Asking $19750. View a picture here:  Call or email Kevin Morin for rigging specifics/photos. or 313-595-5919 cell

15535 Nickels. This boat is ready to go. Fully race rigged.  …..$21,500 … includes 1 set of North Fisher sails, 2 piece travel cover, mast cover. Selling because I am ordering a new boat. contact: johnfaus at  Photo

15496 - Nickels. The boat is full race rigged, all harken carbo blocks, a brand new spare mast, full trailer covers rudder cover ect, Tack Tick with bracket, and plenty of sails. There are 3 full sets of sails. One practice set and two that have one regatta on each. The hull and deck are white with red waterline. The boat is stored inside. Also there are tons of spare parts from the aft run spin halyard to spare mainsheet blocks. Please call or email with any questions or offers. Price $14,500 OBO. Boat located in Houston, TX. Sam (251) 654-7246  Photos

15471- Nickels - NBW Sales Rep's boat. Light Grey deck, White interior & hull. Black rub rail, Light Grey Waterline stripe. Sails and covers available. Asking $15,500. Call or email Ryan Flack for rigging specifics/photos. or 810-513-5002 cell

15302 Nickels.  Light grey deck, white hull.  New mast (2015), faired hull, very well maintained.  Two-time CA District Champion boat.  Includes one set of sails, trailer, tapered spinnaker pole, Tack Tick compass and mast-up cover.  Located in Mission Bay (San Diego), CA.  $9,900.  Additional sails available.  Contact Bob Martin  or 760-310-3303Photos

15243 Mark Bryant Design built by NBW. Only boat out of my molds. I've corrected them to be really FAST. Includes a full bulkhead (between shrouds and maststep), Faired Transition area between 8' and 15' arcs to 19" diagonally... This has always been unique to my speed. Rigged with center console (off CB trunk) to enable all wind range ease off adjusting/changing gears... Not Your Standard, it's too fast to call... Road, Spar, Rudder Bags to include NBW galvanized trailer with all current get ups... Sails, what do want ? VSP , a bunch off brand new Fisher/North, I've got them all!!! Base price $ 15,500 and I'll make you FAST. Cell (239) 503-1210, email info at   Photos

15165 Nickels. Built in 2003. Very beautiful, well-prepped boat.  Hull and deck are light grey with red deck stripe and yellow and red waterline stripes.  Carbon blocks throughout, adjustable jib cars, full side controls including outhaul. Deck and center jib controls. Special "no-fuss" traveler that allows independent height and side-to-side control (my design). Mainsheet is rigged for hand holding, very fast and works even in monster air! Other special rigging treats as well. TacTick compass. 3 mainsails (regatta, club, beater), 5 jibs (1 regatta, 1 club, 3 beaters), and 2 spinnakers (regatta/club, beater).  2 spin poles, a Nickels which is nice and an older Bryant that everyone just loves to use. 2 fiberglass rudders (one minimum weight with FC* bag and spare club rudder) with tillers and sticks. FC* traveling top and bottom covers.  Very old FC* full skirt mooring cover.  Mast has repair where starboard lower pulled out in '04 or '05. Measurement Certificate shows 700 lbs with 20 lbs of correctors. (I believe it weighed 704lbs. last time it was weighed.) Galvinized Nickels trailer. Most sheets were replaced in 2009.  The boat was sailed twice in 2010 and has been garaged since then. This boat has won multiple club championships with me and my son. She is ready to race! $11,000. Alan McReynolds  (Cell:5eight5 73four 874two) FC* - FabriCraft the best covers!   Photos.

15079 Nickels – Fully Race rigged and ready to go - Vermont Sails- complete with Nickels short Tongue Trailer, Trailing cover, Cockpit Cover with full size side skirts- $10,000 subject to a discount to a recent graduate from the Boat Grant Program. Boat located in NJ. Contact Franz Schneider. 609-267-6351 or ffkschneider533 @

14824 Nickels 1997. White hull, deck and rub-rail.  Three North mainsails, two North jibs, brand-new Doyle main and jib used in only one regatta, one spinnaker.  Labeled dual side controls with color coded lines.  Manually adjustable lowers.  Main, jib and spinnaker halyards new this season.  Christie compass.  Nickels galvanized trailer with spare tire, mast stand and light bar.   Mast stand has winch to facilitate putting on the travel cover.  Fabricraft one-piece travel cover, two mast-up mooring covers (one skirted), padded rudder cover, mast cover new this season.  Boat sailed at Mansfield Sailing Club, OH.  Always dry sailed and stored inside in winter.  Acknowledged in the Ohio district to be a fast boat but not with me at the helm lately.  $8,000.  Located in north-central Ohio.  Hewitt boat lift also available for $500.  Contact Chris Clarke at 419-522-5906 or 419-210-0400 or e-mail at  Photos

14800 Nickels 1997. White hull/deck and black rub rail. Very clean and fast boat. 2 North fisher mains & jibs and one shore spinnaker – all good for club racing.  1 Quantum (Shore Design) main, jib & spinnaker about 5 year sold, but only used at 2 weekend regattas before I stopped traveling. Nickels trailer with long tongue, spare tire, mast support, tongue jack ad rear kick stand.   Vang and jib wire double ended on deck.  Fabricraft one-piece travel cover, Fabricraft full sided mooring cover, north rudder cover, all in great condition.  Mast cover in serviceable condition. Boat always dry sailed and stored indoors in the winter.  Unfortunately, the boat has not left the garage for the past two seasons so I am selling it. Located in Solomons, MD about an hour from DC or Annapolis. $8500 - Contact David Meiser – 240-298-4225or

14784 De Vita, Italy. Wooden Lightning. Boat and rigging in excellent condition; optimized for racing. Sailed only one summer in fresh water; meticulously maintained; always stored indoors. It comes with 1 complete set of good sails, boat covers and trailer. Detailed inventory and photos upon request. Located in Italy, about 300 miles from the venue for the 2013 World, Master and European Championships! Contact Alessandra or call +39-348-4138886 (Italy).

14781 Allen - white w/ grey deck, excellent condition,  2015 Districts winner, lightly used , stored indoors, covers, 2 sets of sails, boat located in Skaneateles, NY $12,500,   or 315-396-1084  Photos

14643 Nickels.  White with teal trim, non skid deck.  Hull in near perfect condition.  Always dry sailed.  One new set of sails, never used: North Fisher Main and Jib and R-2 Spinnaker.  Two sets of practice sails.  Dual side controls with color coded lines mounted under deck.  Mooring cover and covers for rudder, mast, and spars.  Compass and all gear included.  Nickels galvanized trailer, mast stand, light bar, and spare tire.  $9,100.  Located in SW Michigan.  Call 269-350-1076 for pictures and more info.

14434 Nickels. Boat is fast. New mast 2011. 3 sets of sails. One only used one light season. Recently replaced control lines and rigging. VSP yard cover as well as traveling, mast and rudder covers. Well maintained boat with a nickels trailer (new bunks 2011). Boat Located in NJ. $6,900 Contact Rob;

14278 Allen.  Navy blue sides, white bottom and topsides.  Air tanks throughout.  Last weighed in (2007) at 687# with correctors. Well maintained.  Fabricraft Mast and one-piece travel cover.  Sitting on beefy trailer that tows great with 1 7/8" ball, full size tires, spare, and bearing buddies.  Trailer is titled.  Stainless steel board, good running rigging, and most controls double ended. Three spinnaker poles, two rudders (one fiberglass, one rare Allen wood rudder), two tillers, paddle, buckets, and several suits of practice sails.  Great boat; won many races at our local club.  Always dry sailed; mostly fresh water use.  Hasn't been sailed since 2012.  Pay my asking price and get more extras (blocks, cleats, etc) than you can count!  $6,000. Boat is located in Glenside, PA. Contact Ash:  Photos

13991 Nickels. Grey hull and deck with blue trim. Special offer to build fleet in Mission Bay, CA -- Asking only $4,000! Includes boat, North sails and galvanized trailer. Price only good for people intending to race in Mission Bay. Boat located in San Diego. Contact Bob Martin at 760-310-3303 or romartin@arrow.comPhotos

13465 Allen. Yellow with white bottom and deck. All new lines. Two sets of North Sails in decent shape. New tires. Recently painted trailer. Hull is in good shape, but the deck has cosmetic issues. It sat for about 10 years.  I put a lot of elbow grease into getting it back to presentable shape, then dropped it from the hoist damaging the deck around the portside chain plate, which I've repaired. This would be a good daysailer. The weight is unknown. $1500. 724-971-1842 cell. Located in Pittsburgh.

12724 Nickels and Holman (Fenton, MI) in 1975. Yellow fiberglass hull with yellow deck, stainless stell centerboard and rudder, wooden spare rudder, spinnaker pole, 2 mains (1 North Sails), jib, spinnaker. Many extras including bumpers, anchors, life jackets, compass, sun tent, and spare parts. Sailed lightly, only in fresh water. Trailer has relatively new tires. Located in Lakeland, Florida. Asking $5,500. Contact Tracy at 863-682-2983

12015 Classic cedar plank and mahogany. Built in 1975 by a gentleman in Ohio - an inch-thick file folder is included including the original S&S plans and "How to Build a Lightning" booklet.  A light restoration was performed in 2013. The transom was finished in 12 coats of varnish; topsides have 5 coats of Interlux Sea Green; it's not glass-smooth, but it's very close. The rub rails were sanded and varnished - only 3 coats.  Very lightly used North main in excellent condition, two jibs in good condition, older North main in average condition; Haarstick spinnaker in good condition. Newer bailers. Standing rigging is in excellent shape and may not be original, although it could be. Painted steel centerboard; 9/10 mahogany rudder; running rigging is average. Hardware is all circa 1975. Custom aluminum trailer with newer tires and good bearings. Average condition Sunbrella full deck cover. Frame and winter covers.  A black aluminum mast and boom are included at full asking price, or may be available for purchase separately. This boat is absolutely gorgeous. However, it's far from perfect. The interior varnish shows some some typical wear on edges but overall is in very good shape. The sitka spruce mast and boom need to be refinished as the varnish is flaking off in places. Some of the seams have opened and been reglued with G-Flex.  You'd have no problem enjoying her as is, or doing some additional work this winter to bring the boat from an 8.5 to a 10. Overall this boat appears to have been lightly used. This boat has no rot whatsoever.  We are selling her because she's the only woodie in Colorado and would like to be able to compete with the plastic boats. She needs to be with other classic boats. May be open to a trade. Willing to deliver up to 500 miles. Serious inquiries only. Additional images available by request.  REDUCED!  Asking $3,990 or best offer. 303 725 9676  Photos

10957 - 1968 Lippincott Lightning. Very solid early fiberglass hull. Boat is complete and ready to sail, though could use some TLC to return mahogany seats, combings, and rub rail to pristine condition.  Newer
aluminum mast and boom. Standing and running rigging is in great shape. Boat comes with 2 mains, 2 jibs, 2 spinnakers (all older but serviceable). Steel centerboard is currently out and in need of preservation, but is
serviceable. Boat sits on a solid galvanized trailer in my garage, comes with taller highway tires and smaller yard/ramp tires. Has bottom paint and mooring cover. Asking $1,300 OBO.  Looking to downsize to a smaller racing dinghy. Norfolk, VA. 757-748-3204  or  Photo

10254 Allen with trailer, two jibs and two mains much newer than boat, two spinnakers and storage cover. Have original measurement certificates. $1500 or best offer. Phone 603-903-4196 or e-mail

10201 Siddons & Sindle Lightning. Project Boat. Mostly complete-NO MAST or rigging. Hull in decent shape. Has 2 wooden booms, nice wooden rudder, and mahogany seats. Sitting on tilt-trailer (also a project). Pretty much any offer accepted. Located in Portsmouth, VA. Please e-mail Russ with any questions.

9833 Lippincott, 1970. Fibreglass body. Green hull and a white deck. This is a sloop rigged day sailer. Comes with a complement of sails including a new main and jib (purchased is 2011). Includes galvanized trailer, mooring cover and Danforth anchor and 150 lb mushroom anchor and chain. Loved this boat but I have bought a bigger boat. Located in MA. Contact Terry at or 781 686 0034  Photos

9666 (Elektra) is the last wooden Lightning crafted by McGruer Yachts of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Constructed in 1963 for its one previous owner, it was purchased by me in 1984 and sailed it occasionally over the next decade until my interest in keelboats superseded its use. Construction is broad clear cedar planking over oak, forming a stiff monocoque hull. Seats, coamings and rubrails are mahogany. The external centreboard casing support on the starboard side aft is desiccated for two inches at the bottom and needs replacement. All brightwork needs sanding and varnishing and has been removed for the process. The canvas deck covering had been replaced several times and is in the process of being done again. The old canvas decking has been removed and preparation is underway to install the new canvas deck. Wide canvas has been bought for the purpose and goes with the boat.  Newly milled mahogany rub rails are also included. The boat is in need of, and deserves restoration; however, I am now out of the country for most of every year and no longer have the time nor energy to devote to the project. The boat comes with two sets of spars and sails: Set one is the classic Sitka spruce mast and boom with original Storer jib and main (with reef points) and spinnaker with spinnaker pole; set two consists of a black aluminium mast and boom with a North Sails main and jib which were bought new and raced only one season. An additional black mast and boom also come with the boat.  The Sitka mast is a brand new replacement of the original and has been sailed once. Mahogany rudder is encased in its original padded canvas case. A galvanized grapnel anchor, chain and rode also go with the boats along with associated odds and bits of hardware in a tool box. An elderlyTeenee tilt trailer adapted for the boat is included. It would need a coat of paint and wiring and the tires, while they hold air, should be replaced before trailering any great distance. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Make an offer.  613 692-0303 Photos

9442 Allen. The boat is very stable ideal for family fun or racing. Fiberglass Hull (painted green) Mahogany seats and bright work in excellent condition, steel center board, Includes galvanized trailer. Sails: Main and Jib
Boat has been stored in a barn and sailed in fresh water. Price $3,000.00 Location: Red Jacket Yacht Club Cayuga Lake NY. Contact: Brian Donovan 585 313- 1940 Photos

9398-Lippencott.  Don’t let the hull number fool you, this is a competitive and fast boat that has won plenty of races.  It is in exceptionally good shape for a boat this vintage. The boat was completely retrofit in the early 2000s by Tom Schroder and Bob Harkrider.  Original deck has been replaced with new Nickels deck to allow for current rigging—all controls to the side decks and foredeck. Spinnaker halyard run aft to the skipper. Various upgrades over the years we have sailed it. New mast in 2006. Chain plates are in original location, but the boat is easy to tune using Greg Fisher’s guide. Great boat to get into the class at a lower cost. Boat will sell with 2 sets of Fisher Norths (MJS), Rooke Day cover (good shape), Sailor’s Tailor traveling covers (fair shape), Nickels trailer. $5000.  Jay Taylor (919) 422-9482 or  Photo

9369 Glass Lippincott, great condition - looks like a brand new boat! Blue hull, off-white deck, both have been repainted by Fay's Boat Works, NH. Stainless steel centerboard, aluminum mast and boom. I am a yacht builder. Replaced chainplates, all halyards, all shrouds, and stays in 2013. Mahogany trim revarnished . 1990 custom galvanized trailer with custom cross bunks and extended toung. Three jibs and two main sails. Cover for boat and boom tent. Asking $1,800, firm. Boat located in RI. Rick (401) 678-0196 - ad updated 5/19/14. Photos

9172 Early fiber-glass Lightning for sale. Built by Lewis Marine, San Diego, CA in 1964, and needs a new home. Hull is constructed in so-called "Rovon" material, which is a core material of glass roving wound around a foam block. Hull, deck and interior needs some LTC, but this lovely ship could come back to life.  She comes without mast, boom and sails, and the trailer also needs some fixing-up, so not road worthy in its current condition. Could with a bit of welding probably come back to serve this boat fine. Tires are in OK condition. Hardware is Harken and in fine shape. Woodtrim is also in fine condition for its age. I washed it down and sanded it a bit. It was "screaming" for a treatment, so I gave it a little linseed oil and the woodgrain popped right out, and came back to life. If I didn't have my 1959 Lightning to restore, I would keep this baby. Asking price is $450 as is. Measurement certificate available. Boat is located in Califon, New Jersey.  Photos

8690 Built by Saybrook Yacht Yard in 1965. In storage for over the last 15 years; Allen Boat Works low-bunk tailer; metal mast and boom, Fisher sails plus second set; updated hardware and lines. Great wood boat in great condition.  $2,900 obo. Boat located in Pennsylvania.  617-834-8535  or   Photos

unknown number - 1964 wooden lightning. $2000 with 5hp motor or $1500 without. Includes 2 wooden masts and booms. All bronze hardware. Needs some deck work. Includes trailer. Email for more info.    

7678 Single-planked Cedar; ca 1960 David Beaton & Sons. Good to excellent condition, fully restored w/ additional FWD struts. Teak flooring + 1/2” King blank. Mahogany Seats & Coamings. Sails: New, renumbered (except Neil Pryde Spinnaker) + Full rigging and parts. Spars- SITKA Spruce, original and in Excellent Condition. (No trailering-gallows yet available.) Includes: title; new 2010 trailer, 2011 Sunbrella Cover, work log copy and documentation, all fittings bronze & stainless, extra parts. May require proper jib rigging @ Bow.  She sails beautifully after putting $2,500.00 and 160 hours into this beautiful craft. “COSETTE” presently sits on transverse bunks, on trailer, but did not leave the driveway, this year. I would like my best restoration, ever, to have a good home, and to be sailed. I will be sorry to see her go, but I fear I would not have the time to give to her sailing deservence. Please feel free to make your best offer, knowing the price of spars, best provisions and fittings are accumulatively worth over $6,000.00. Boat located in Toms River, NJ. David M. Olney 732-664-2294 Photo

7606 Probably the fastest wood Lighting available. Eichenlaub built in 1961, sister to his Bull I , 1 of 4 "outlawed" boats, but legal. Trailer, alum. spars, cover, 2 suits of sails, newer North main & jib, PCC, NWD, champ, top 10 in NA's in '63 & '64, countless wins & places over the years. I was original owner, sold in '70s and re acquired in the mid 90's. Restoration 1 year old. $4,500.00 or BO takes. Located in San Diego. Howard Macken 575-937-2810  or   Photos

7286 Wooden Lightning built in 1959 made by J J Taylor and sons in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Comes with custom width Allen Boat Lightning trailer made in 2005. Only used the trailer twice and the trailer and boat have been kept in a garage. Had to have the boat evaluated in 2006 before I could get insurance and the yacht surveyor said it was in excellent condition. Also in 2006 Allen Boat Co. did all the deck hardware. Have history of boat and receipts for work done. It comes with 2 sets of sails. Have over $11,000.00 invested and asking $6000.00. Lots of extra pictures available if interested.  Ken Lambert, Ontario, Canada  905-894-3452   Photos

7312 - 1959 Wooden (Nickles & Holman). Its wooden parts include hull, mast, boom, spinnaker pole and rudder.
The sails include: 1 main sail, one spinnaker that are  both in good condition and 2 two jibs that need work, they are made of fabric that some animals got into to. A Custom made trailer. It comes with life vests and a couple of paddles. The boat has been primarily dry sailed at Keuka Lake in New York since 1977 when I purchased it. It has also been sailed on the Chesapeake Bay and off the coast of Maine in the 1980s . It is between good and is in fair condition . It needs some clean up and painting and it will be ready to sail. Everything is structurally sound.  It was last sailed on Keuka Lake in 2006 and has been stored inside except for the 2013- 2014 winter.  Where it was stored outside covered. The asking price is $1500 for everything. Lcated in Branchport, NY.
Contact Peter Gamba -315 595 8899,  Photos taken in August 2014

Classic 1957 wooden Lightning underwent year-long stem to stern restoration in 1999 by an obsessive Newport boat builder who rejected three pieces of Brazilian mahogany (all shipped stateside) before finally settling on the board for the boat's transom. Complete documentation of all work can be provided. Boat meticulously maintained since the original restoration. Mast completely refinished last season. Non-skid deck; mahogany rubrails and cockpit, deep green hull finished with a tough, long-last urethane coating. Two sets of mainsails and jibs included along with solid, roadworthy trailer. Boat can be viewed at Dickersen's Marina in Apponaug, RI. Asking $13,500. Please call for additional information: 401-424-1805. Photos

6348 - 1956 Wooden Lightning for sale. Built by Old Greenwich Boat Company in Old Greenwich Ct. Boat is complete with mast, boom, rudder, tiller, serviceable main and jib and older trailer. Has been in museum collection since 1999 but has been sailed within the last three years. Overall condition is good. Asking price is $2000. Located in Newport, RI. Please contact Jay at 

4173 Wooden Llightning. Built in Toronto (builder unknown).  Boat is in very good condition. 80% restored. Ribs are oak; the hull is wide-board clear cedar (gaps between planks have been routed and cedar shims epoxied in place to form a very stable and strong uni-hull).  The hull has been West System epoxied; the mast and boom are sitka spruce – fully refinished;  the stern, rudder and centreboard trunk are Honduran mahogany and have been refinished; new floorboards have been made of cedar.  The cockpit coaming, deck canvas, seats and rigging have yet to be finished – many original parts, original cotton sails (very good condition) and newer main, and new wide deck canvas are included but no trailer.  Llocated in Ottawa, Ontario Asking $800. Contact Alan: 613 839-2991 or   Photos 

2833 Classic 1947 Skaneateles Wooden Lightning.  Everything original except for a partial rebuilt in 2003 as follows: new centerboard trunk; new cockpit area sawn white oak floor timbers; new stainless steel mast rig tangs fabricated to original 1938 design drawings, new standing rigging stays fabricated by West Marine; new canvas deck; new West System single layered fiberglass bottom for preservation (could be removed to original cedar bottom which is still in place); new navigation lights, anchor light, switch panel, and battery; refinished original Sitka spruce mast and boom; original refurbished sails, main and jib with running rigging; full boat cover by Sailors' Tailor. Professional Survey (2004) indicating Market Value: $6,000.00 and Replacement Value: $14,000.00 - $16,000.00. EZ Loader Boat Trailer (2006) in excellent condition. Current 2015 condition is excellent: Fresh topside Interlux Premium Yacht Enamel white paint and varnish on boom, rub rails, transom, floorboards, centerboard trunk, seats, and rudder.  Location: Portsmouth Boating Center, VA. Asking Price: $5,000.00 or best offer. Contact John: (757)-374-4024 or  Photos

unknown number - Wooden Lightning, cedar plank over mahogany. Woodwork is all intact- no rot whatsoever. Entire boat restored in 2007 and sailed in freshwater only and stored under cover since. It is not perfect or in restored condition and will need paint and refinishing to bring it back to snuff. Boat comes with Harken aluminum mast and rigging, complete and in good shape, North sails in excellent condition, 2 spinnakers and pole (I’ve never used them) and comes on a magic tilt trailer, also in excellent condition with no rust, solid springs, hubs and bearings and brand new tires. Boat is located in central Florida- delivery may be negotiated. Asking $1500. Adam, cell# 863-443-0630 email,  Photos 

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