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

15500 Nickels Lightning. 2012 Nickels Lightning fully loaded with Harken Carbo blocks and rigged with stainless steel centerboard. Boat and all components are brand new. Light grey deck with white hull and black rubrails. Dual side controls with color-coded lines. Hull has Twing lines, 24 to 1 Jib Wire, Harken Jib leads, and Cloth+Wire+Twing run to the foredeck. Mainsheet fully external.  Nickels aluminum: (i) mast, (ii) boom, (iii) spinnaker pole, and (iv) tiller with extension. Lifting bridle. Four (4) padded hiking straps.  New England Endura Braid (spectra) for spinnaker sheet, main sheet, jib sheet, and spinnaker halyard.  The boat and base equipment mentioned above are $18,000. 

We are working with Nickels to help build the Class and are selling new boats without the hassle of tuning and preparing a new boat.  Boat is 100% race ready. 

The following accessories can also be purchased with the boat.  Two full sets of North Sail Fisher sails: main, jib, and R2 spinnaker (1 heavily used set and 1 lightly used set). JCD tiller extension.  Tack Tick compass. Set of Harken Covers: (i) Travel, (ii) Mooring, (iii) Mast, and (iv) Full Rudder. Max thick centerboard.  2012 Nickels Galvanized Long Tongue Trailer with front mast stand, steel fenders, lights, and aft kickstand. Currently located in Detroit, MI.  May be able to be delivered depending on location.  Contact Kevin at or 313-595-5919

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 $15500. Call or email Ryan Flack for rigging specifics/photos. or 810-513-5002 cell

15384 Nickels 2008 Lightning. Moving and need to sell! Sailed only lightly, and only in fresh water.  North Main, Fisher Jib, and spinnaker – all in excellent condition.  Standard race rigging.  Hull, deck and mast cover and trailer.  Asking $15,500 or best offer.   Located in Oakton, VA.  Contact

15259 Nickels (Off Like A Prom Dress) 2004 Lightning fully loaded, 705 lbs at 2011 NAs, max thick stainless board. Rigging, boat and all components in excellent condition. Always dry sailed. Light grey interior and deck with white hull and black rub rails. Dual side controls with color-coded lines. Hull has Twing lines, 24 to 1 jib wire, Harken Jib leads, topping+wire run to the foredeck. Mainsheet internal/ external. Nickels aluminum: (i) mast, mast new in fall of 09. (ii) boom, (iii) spinnaker pole, and (iv) tiller with long carbon tiller extension. Lifting bridle. three (3) padded hiking straps. Dieball sails: main and jib new in 11 and used barley ½ season. Still usable UK main and jib, also included. Sail Rite Spinnaker also new and very lightly used in 11. Tac Tic compass. New North mooring cover, full trailering, mast and rudder covers. Nickels Galvanized Long Tongue Trailer with front mast stand, steel fenders, lights, spare tire. Currently located in Indiana. Call Brad Wagnon at 765-749-8556 (cel) or email $12,500.00 Photos

15256 2005 Nickels Lightning for sale. This is your opportunity to be the envy of your fleet, and own the prettiest girl at the dance. Meticulously maintained. Rigged with all the go-fasts, including MAX THICK CENTERBOARD. Fully equipped turn key racer with large inventory of sails including 1 brand new set that have never been up the mast. Very fast. This boat is a must see. For all the details, including pricing, clickon this link: Then call or email Jeff Storck for a viewing: 571-422-2444,

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

15184 Nickels, 2003. This Nickels lived in a shed at a lake from 2003 – 2011, never raced (hiking straps weren’t even installed and rigging never tighten).  In 2012 the boat was re-rigged with latest maffioli/spectra/etc, polished and updated with new Tactic, axle/tires, top/bottom travel covers.  Raced a total of 5 regattas past 2 years.  This boat looks like new.  2012 Fisher Norths look/feel crisp and new.  2nd Original 2003 Fisher North spinnaker with boat also like new. $12,500 OBO.  Boat located in Savannah. E-mail John Porter at or 912.308.6308  Photos

15126 Nickels. Custom Nickels spent last seven years in covers in barn. Race ready, turnkey boat with all covers. Faired at Dieball boat works 2002. $10k firm. Contact Larry at 504 -256-8418

15041 Nickels - Lightly used 2 owner boat, originally built and sailed by Dave Nickels. White hull and deck with white rub rail and green deck stripes. Always dry sailed and stored indoors for the winter. VSP sails. All Harken blocks with mast mounted compass. All controls double sided.  Min weight rudder. New Nickels spin hole and Ronstan adjustable hiking stick. All covers: travel (hull, mast, rudder) and mast up deck cover. Galvanized trailer with sealed bearings, elevated mast support and light bar. Located in Pontiac MI. $9,900.00. For info, please call Tom @ 586 907 2673(cell) or email  Photos

14960 Allen. White hull, light blue deck, and blue boot stripe.  Newer mast, boom, rigging, and rudder.  Boat is in excellent condition and has always been kept indoors off season.  The boat has been lightly used for the past few years.  700-702 lbs every year at district weigh-ins for last several years.  Everything is included and race ready, but the covers need to be replaced. $13,500. Located in Brick, NJ.  Contact Mitch Hnatt.  Cell: 732-822-9184 E:

14920 Nickels - “Hobbes” Beautiful, race ready condition. White hull and deck with white rub rail, blue and green boot and deck stripes. Always dry sailed and stored inside a heated warehouse. Two sets of North Fisher sails. All Harken blocks with mast mounted Micro TackTick. All controls double sided.  Miscellaneous JCD parts such as bow doinker, hiking stick universal joint and mast blocks. Ronstan adjustable hiking stick. All covers: travel (hull, mast, rudder) and mast up with extended skirt. Galvanized,  extended tongue trailer with sealed bearings, spare tire, elevated mast support and light bar. Located in St Louis Missouri. $9,500.00. For info, please call James at 314-575-3334 (cell) or email  Photos

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).

14778 Nickels Lightning. Fresh water, meticulously maintained, stored indoors off-season. Updated rigging, min weight, proven competitive. Galvanized trailer w/spare. all covers - mooring, traveling/mast cover. $6,500, offers.  Located in Wisconsin. contact 217-8185

14765 Nickels. White hull & deck, blue deck stripe. In very good condition.  2 sets of North Fisher jib and main, 1 spinnaker.   Galvanized trailer with new tounge, lights and tires.  Full travel covers and mast up full sided deck cover.  Located in Madison, CT.  Asking $7000.  Contact Jeff Swiggett at 203-215-5577 or

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.

14600 Nickels. Light grey hull, deck & interior with green stripe & Black Rub Rails. One Practice set of North Sails & one, almost new main & spinnaker.  Dual side controls with color coded lines & manually adjustable lowers. Has only been used a few times in the last 7 years and has always been stored indoors. Nickels Galvanized Trailer with 2 Spare Tires, mast stand & Light Bar. Travel cover & mast up full sided deck cover. This is an Indiana boat currently located in South Texas. Price $7,300.00 Contact Jimmie Ankele 361-205-9001 or   Photo

14531 Nickels. Good condition, white hull, navy blue and white deck. Stainless steel centerboard, trailer and light bar, mooring cover. New jib and main halyards, 3 full sets of sails, sailed by Nickels himself. REDUCED $4500. Boat located in NJ. Contact Andy: 610-420-4882 or    Photo

14445 Allen. White Hull w/grey stripe – Always dry sailed and meticulously maintained. 2 sets of North sails (main/jib/Spinnaker) + 1 shore jib – All in good condition. Custom built trailer w/ spare tire & mast support – Travel ready. Includes mooring cover, dry sail cover + top & bottom travel covers (4 total). All new lines & blocks in 2010/2011 – Many upgrades. New mast in 2009. Measured in underweight at 2010 midwinter’s – Race ready! Many extras – anchor, boom crutch, bucket, sponges, paddles, etc… The boat has been sailed competitively over the past 4+ years and has performed well. It is located at the Pointe-Claire Yacht club and can be shown upon request. Delivery available within reason. Perfect for the aspiring racer or seasoned vet and equally fun for a day of leisure on the lake. $5,500. Stephen Waldie, 514-660-7245 or Photos

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;

14416 Nickels.  In great condition.  Hull and deck are buff white with red and yellow stripe at waterline.  Regatta ready and always dry-sailed.  Sails, trailer and necessary gear, all in good condition.   $6,500. Located in Buffalo, New York.  Contact Peter Godfrey at

14366 Nickels (off white hull with light gray deck) race ready with new sails, lines, and rigging.  Hull in excellent shape and competitive at the National level.  Complete kit ready to race.  Boat was raced mostly in fresh water; competed in the 2013 Southern Circuit with a new suit of North Sails ($2500 - 2013 JF main, jib, and spinnaker).  Boat comes with new and two additional complete suits of sails, new Tack tick micro ($400), multiple twing lines (light and heavy air), new lines including topping lift ($250), newly restored trailer ($1200), new boat cover - top and bottom ($1000 from Sailor's Tailor), and too many extras to list.  Boat stored in mild climate and in excellent condition.  Would prefer to keep the boat in Fleet 329 (SSA) or Fleet 50 (Wash DC) and offer a discount to those who agree to keep it in the fleet.  Asking $7,000 after just putting in over $5,000 to make it race ready.  Boat located in Annapolis, MD (Severn Sailing Association).  Contact Patrick at 703-585-1342or   Photo

14350 Nickels "The Pirate Ship".  Good condition.  Not sailed in three seasons.  Four spinnakers, including the lightly used "Jolly Roger" flag custom spinnaker.  Three mainsheets 2004-2008 in bags, four jibs in bags.  Two spinnaker poles. Top and bottom boat covers and mast cover. Tool chest with many stainless steel extras.  Nickels trailer 2008 with extra tire, mast stand and light bar. Dry sailed on Long Beach Island, NJ where it is currently located.  $4,700.  201-867-0014 or  Photos

13991 Nickels. Grey hull and deck with blue trim. Special offer to build fleet in Mission Bay, CA -- Asking only $4,750! 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

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

11078 Allen, 1969 ( f/g tank model ), in very good, ready to sail condition. This boat has been used very little the last 2 1/2 years. Light grey in color with a white deck, appears to be all original. Bryant Spars, crispy main/ jib, puffy spinnaker, compass, s/s c/b, wood rudder/tiller and new mahogany hiking stick/tiller extender. Wood seating and trim in very nice condition. Trailer may be the original Allen steel trailer with new lights, bearings, tires & safety chains that were upgraded this past summer - needs minor cosmetics to be ' just right '. Need to find a good home for her as we get ready to move. Asking $ 2,600. Jeff, Huntington NY  wavydog@verizon.netor  631-834-5999    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.

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 Lippincott, great condition - looks like a brand new boat! Blue hull, white deck, both have been repainted by Fay's Boat Works, NH. Stainless steel centerboard, aluminum mast and boom. Chainplates and stays were replaced in 2013. Varnished mahogany trim. 1993 custom galvanized trailer. Moving and therefore having to sell the boat. Asking $2,200. Boat located in RI. Rick (401) 749-3165. 

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 Lightning available. Built by Carl Eichenlaub in 1960 and sister to his Bull I and one of his 4 outlawed boats, but "grandfathered", has measurment certificate. Fantastic racing history, inc, PC Champs, NW Districts Champs. Top ten in '63 & 64 NA's, countless regatta wins & places. Still competitive with new boats, New North M & J, new but older North Spin. Older Shore M & J (cruising sails). Alum spars. Cover.  I was the original owner, sold it in the '70's and acquired it again in the 90's, was in storage in NM for 10 years and just restored, currently in San Diego, CA $5,995.00 with trailer, $5,495.00 w.o. Available after June 1st. Could deliver to Miss. River. 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

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 

unknown number - Classic mahogany Lightning totally restored, circa 1941. Light use, fresh water only, garaged and supported on padded cradle. Removal of epoxy in progress on outside starboard side. Otherwise "almost perfect" condition. Located South of Seneca Falls off Cayuga Lake, NY. Complete with sails; no trailer. $1800. Call 585-261-6885 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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