View Full Version : Lightning Update - Mast Stepped

Carl Simmons
04-28-2003, 07:27 PM
Well I finally gotta around to stepping the mast. The trip to Seattle Slowed me down :D

Here are the pics:




The plan is to get it wet this Friday :D :D


J. Dillon
04-28-2003, 07:32 PM
Looks good Carl. I hope you are carefull around the wire near the mast. By the way check out your lug nuts on the trailer for tightness I mean ;)

Have a good season :D


04-28-2003, 07:37 PM
Now people know why I want to try square spares on my boat! :cool:

Where do you get hardware for square spares?

I'm going to try making mine, wood, metal, haven't decided yet.

Mr. Know It All
04-28-2003, 08:02 PM
Like a butterfly from it's cocoon. smile.gif
It's been an inspiration to watch your project become a reality. Best of luck to you on the launch and looking forward to the in the water pic's.
Congratulations Carl. :cool:
Peace----> Kevin in Ohio

Carl Simmons
04-28-2003, 09:37 PM

I assume you mean square spars, the mast I got from an old defunct lightning which was already rigged. The Boom I made from scratch using spruce.
The rigging hardware I got from Dave Nickels in Michigan and the 5/8" rail for the slides I got from a local West Marine. One thing that supprised me was the rail on the mast isn't exactly the same dimensions as the new one on the boom. Some slides work fine but others are :eek: tight which means I'll need to tweak a few to make sure they slide smoothly smile.gif


04-29-2003, 08:04 PM
Wow Carl, thanks for the inspiration. I was just wondering about your project--been a while since you posted. My old Lightning is still upside down without a bottom. I'm slowly getting the centerboard trunk together and then maybe some forward progress. In the same amount of time, you've built yours from scratch, my hats off to you. If you bring it to S. Haven, I'd love to have a close look at her--I still haven't seen one put together and right side up.

[ 04-29-2003, 09:07 PM: Message edited by: tnert ]

Carl Simmons
05-05-2003, 10:59 AM
Well I didn't get it wet this weekend. The winds were just a little to high for a novice like me to venture out. The Lightning is parked about 200' from the water with its Mast up and basically ready to roll :D .