0item in your cart

Lightning Deck Layout

Adjustable Ball Bearing Lead Car

Upgrading to an adjustable lead car system allows you to change your lead under sail without having to tack to unload the car. The Micro CB traveler cars are very small and lightweight, but strong—perfect for the Lightning.



Belowdeck Vang System

This split boom vang lets you easily adjust the vang from both sides while hiking. The 24:1 purchase uses lightweight Carbo blocks for the power needed to control sail shape without adding weight to the boat. The cascading system uses small high-tech line to help keep everything clean above deck.



If you would like to link to or reprint this article please contact advertising@harken.com

Class History

With over 15,000 boats,the Lightning has 60 years of tradition behind it. This competitive 19-foot trailerable centerboarder is one of the most competitive one-design classes today. But whether you're interested in serious racing or just want to go for a ride, the Lightning gives you what you're looking for. Some great sailors have been 'struck by Lightning': Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Ken Read, Bill Shore, and Greg Fisher to name a few.

International Lightning Class
Harken Canvas


Boat Specifications

Length: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Beam: 6 ft 6 in (2 m)
Displacement: 700 lb (318 kg)
Sail Area (main & jib): 177 sq ft (16.4 sq m)
Spinnaker: 300 sq ft (28 sq m)


F R E E   G R O U N D  S H I P P I N G

for orders over $100!

Valid on orders shipping within the United States