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Lightwave Yachts SINCE 1996

Lightwave Yachts has long set the benchmark for multihull design and manufacturing, never compromising on quality, craftsmanship or innovation.

Founded in 1996, by Roger Overell, Managing Director, Lightwave Catamarans remains as the only Australian manufacturer of production cruising catamarans. Expertly creating one of a kind catamarans, Lightwave Yachts builds to order. Every Lightwave is personally crafted for each owner.

The Lightwave Experience.

Imagine. Stepping onboard your own
customised Lightwave Catamaran.

As you survey the sleek lines and elegant styling you notice the small touches – the ones you added.

As you deftly prepare your Lightwave at handover, you recall the helpful hints explained during your personal induction programme with the Lightwave team and your heart beats faster at the excitement that awaits you.

You have in mind a favourite anchorage as the wind picks up speed, carving through the crisp water, expertly handled; you feel the wind on your face and the freedom and exhilaration of enjoying life.

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Lightwave Catamarans evolved from the vast experience of Roger Overell and his team at Lightwave Yachts, in professional off-shore racing and extended cruising to give a functional, comfortable blue water cruising catamaran which is performance oriented. 

Lightwave Catamarans are truly exceptional and unique.

Every Lightwave is expertly, personally crafted for each owner. Proudly Australian Made, Lightwave Catamarans are one of the most prestigious brands available Worldwide. Elevated performance is critical to the designs. Sleek, stylish, elegant lines dominant in their head turning appeal.

Craftsmanship is paramount and the hand finished appeal pleasantly overwhelms the most critical eye. Safety is prioritised and skilfully incorporated. Like no other production catamaran, Lightwave Catamarans provide the ultimate in performance, style, quality and safety.

Each Lightwave catamaran is a reflection of the owner that has had it built. Each is individually unique with the personal touches incorporated to the boat fitout, inventory, or even design requirements. Lightwave Yachts allows for its production line to incorporate your needs, and build the features that are important to you into a production boat. This is as unique as it is rare as it allows you to have the best of both worlds. The confidence of knowing the facts about the design – before having a one off boat built to your standards.

With nearly a million nautical miles of cruising, including a world circumnavigation, the Lightwave fleet of over 80 handcrafted Lightwave Catamarans, have been recognised for many prestigious awards and race wins including Sailing Multihull of the Year 2000, 2006 Commendation Award for Sailing Boat of the Year, & 2008 Arc Atlantic Rally Winner.

Since 1996, Lightwave owners have been cruising the most renowned cruising waters in the world, conquering the Australian coastline, Pacific Islands, Louisiades, Indonesia,Malaysia, Europe, America & beyond, enjoying and sharing their TAKE ME THERE moments … moments that have us wishing “TAKE ME THERE”.

The family spirit is engaged and personalised service is delivered at Lightwave Yachts.

The Lightwave family share a sense of adventure and wanderlust, with a sense of pride in ownership and strong spirit of comradery. As a Lightwave owner you will be embraced as a special member of our extended family enjoying special privileges such as Lightwave Owners Regattas; joining a Lightwave Cruising Cluster to a popular remote cruising destination; or simply enjoying the opportunity to share tips, information and photos, on the Lightwave Owners Page.

Whether you are experienced or a novice when it comes to the adventure of sailing or cruising, our personal Owner’s Induction Programme will ensure you get the best from your luxury catamaran. This is delivered personally, by Roger Overell, throughout the construction of your Lightwave and particularly at the three day intensive training programme at handover, accompanied by a detailed manual of your boats equipment, systems, usage, care and maintenance details. Extensive Boat Operation lessons, Sailing lessons, or Professional Skipper Delivery services can also be arranged to assist ease of ownership.

In addition, our Warranty Protection Plan (5 year structural, 12 months parts) and dedicated After Sales Service will ensure peace of mind in handling any situation. 

Importantly, Lightwave Yachts factory is close to popular cruising destinations and yards that specialise in multihull haul out services. This ensures the Lightwave team can provide timely and effective service if required and attend to ongoing service and maintenance requirements. 

Prestigious ownership privileges continue with a 24/7 on-call service offered in addition to a reliable network of international suppliers of parts and equipment. 

Finally, our Buyers Referral Service is available to assist the sale of your Lightwave. The eye-catching, sleek appeal of the Lightwave and superior, proven performance, ensures excellent re-sale value with limited depreciation.

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The Lightwave 45 comes standard with 800L of fresh water tanks made from suitable grade fibreglass, which are built in the hull. Twin pump systems are provided on the 45 creating two completely separate systems for both the tanks in the case of a single failure. A water transfer line is also built into the system to allow water to travel between either tank. A water catchment system is offered with the 45 to collect fresh water off the large cockpit hardtop.

Fresh water vacuum toilets are provided on the 45 to eliminate the stale salt water smell whilst using minimal water usage.  A saltwater system is also fitted to the model to allow an anchor wash, salt water tap in the galley and hose in the cockpit.

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The Lightwave 45 is designed for self-sufficient blue water cruising. From standard, the 45 comes with 250 watts of flexible walk on solar panels, with the option to upgrade this up to a 1000-watt system which is very common on this model. The vessel is supplied with a 12-volt DC and a 240-volt AC electrical system. A 600Ah AGM battery system is offered on the vessel with an optional 540Ah lithium-ion battery bank. All installed electrical components on the Lightwave 45 are carefully selected to ensure a minimum power consumption is achieved.  Lightwave also provides the option to have a 4Kw AC diesel generator which is coupled with the inverter to allow for a high output.

All areas of the vessels electrics are designed to be accessible and traceable with minimal disruption to the boats systems. All systems that has been installed on the 45 have been refined through every Lightwave built with continual improvement.

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The Lightwave 45 offers external engine rooms allowing for a very safe and easy access. The engine rooms are very spacious and allow plenty of room around the accommodated engine for servicing and maintenance. All steering components as well as the generator are also located in the engine room, positioned in areas easily accessed for maintenance. The engine rooms are separated from the accommodation area from a bulkhead which is lined in sound dampening material to defer noise, heat and odour from entering the cabins. The engine rooms are also accessible from the inside of the boat if required.

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Rope Systems

The line system on the Lightwave 45 has been designed so all lines are organised and accessible from an area where the sails can be easily observed. Lines are all lead to the cockpit on the 45 and travel under serviceable fibreglass boards which not only keep the lines organised, but also remove the possible tripping hazard. Hanging points are provided creating a neat and organised place for line tails to be stored. Anderson winches and Ronstan deck gear are featured throughout the deck on the Lightwave 45, optional electric winches are also available. A bridal main sheet system is used to eliminate the dangers of a traveller car system traditionally used on catamarans.

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