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#280 — Paul Marchand's Lightning Restoration in Full Swing


My Lightning is getting a major rebuild. The hull is being done professionally. I'll be doing the grunt work at the end (that is the finishing and assembly that does not require the knowledge of a professional) and installing the rig myself. I did things this way because I really didn't have the skills to do the boat justice. Also this worked out to be simpler, because the boat was an abandoned project at Cayuga Wooden Boatworks.

If you would like more now, please let me know. Otherwise I'll save them up and write some sort of essay.



Here are the first pictures I have of my woody Lightning. I'll send more as work progresses.

Paul Marchand


Awhile back I sent some photos via email.  You will also find a letter from me at the bottom of the "old number one" link at the I.L.C.A. website.  Here are some more current photos (more to come soon).  I should be back to pick her up in late March.  Like all restorations, things moved more slowly than planned.  We also changed some plans for the structural repair.  I just wanted to do justice to a nice old boat.  



I'm back with an update. I had sent some images to you a few months ago and haven't seen updates on the now I forgot what it was that I sent! Hopefully, the winter months will get us both in a better place to keep up on this sort of thing.

Actually I'm pretty far behind on what I had hoped to do on the boat. I have made some interesting progress. I bought a thing that looks like a giant "rotisserie" that is big enough for a lightning. I had to modify it to fit my boat. It allows a Lightning to be turned over with only one or two people. This should make the restoration easier. I'll then break down the "rotisserie" and keep it for winter storage and maintenance for next season.

I'll give you more details if you're interested.

Paul Marchand


I've been getting some really cool shots of people's wooden lightnings forwarded to me. The guy who is restoring #32 has some great early bronze parts -beautiful art deco that seem to be original.

All the old varnish is now removed from "Osprey" and I'm just about ready to varnish the inside of my hull. Since removing my deck I've discovered that there was no paint on the inside of the hull since new. The deck had some sort of green primer under the cotton duck (could this be copper sulfate?).

Some of the under deck pieces never had any sort of protective coating on them at all -just bare mahogany. There was very old varnish on most exposed areas. There may have been a sort of tan stain applied before the varnish. Some of it was painted on in a sort of wavy pattern to "enhance" the "boring" areas of straight grain. This looks like it was done before assembly. I've seen this sort of thing on old furniture. I've left a few areas of this in my sanding.

This is very forward; and I realize that sailing will probably be more fun than updating websites (since my boat isn't floating yet this remark is partly made in jealousy). Please see if you could get some of this stuff up on the sight for all to see. I'll try to get permission from those guys who have sent me photos of their old wooden lightning's and forward them.

We could use encouragement.

Paul Marchand
(#280 "Osprey")

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