The Lightwave 46 caters for the adventurous sailor with exotic locations in mind. Sleek eye-catching appeal, relatively fine sea–kindly hulls, ample payload provision, centralised weight dispersion, excellent beam to length ratio, and impressive bridgedeck clearance are critical design factors to the proven success of the Lightwave 46 Sailing Catamaran.
The Lightwave 46 is a proven blue water performance catamaran, designed to optimally negotiate ocean going passages with minimal effort in absolute comfort. Easily handled by a cruising couple, it manoeuvres responsively and makes good passage distance to safely get you to your destination quicker.
At 7500kgs lightship, the Lightwave 46 is the lightest production cruising catamaran in its size range. The unique monocoque construction method ties interior composite furniture & parts into one extremely strong structure, highly resistant to torsional loads.
The Lightwave 46 is configured as standard, to suit a cruising orientated sailor. Mini keels protect the sail drive legs and rudders, allowing the catamaran to be beached. The aluminium rig & fore-beam, dimension flex ultra-laminate sails, and foam core fibreglass construction will satisfy most seafarers, however if additional performance is desired, a comprehensive range of options are available.
A popular option for a performance minded sailor, is to take advantage of the safety features that the mini keels offer and combine it with the performance gains of a single daggerboard that exits through the base of the port mini keel when deployed.
For the ultimate performance, twin daggerboards can replace the mini keels. At this level, Lightwave Yachts offers optimal performance packages, from the materials used to construct of your vessel through to carbon orientated rigging & sail packages.
Safety is prioritised and cleverly incorporated in the 46 design. With an emphasis on extended cruising, the design considerations and build quality of the Lightwave 46 aim to meet world class safety standards and incorporate key design features for safe blue–water cruising.
The Lightwave 46 offers safe & comfortable access to the sail drive engines & engineering systems via two large hatches, aft in the cockpit. Opening with ease with the assist of gas struts, they can be easily opened even with the aft safety gates in place. The engines rooms are home to the main engines, generator, steering systems, toilet vacuum pumps and fuel & raw water strainers.
Expertly hand crafted with attention to detail, the interior design of the Lightwave 46 promotes luxurious classic design with durable, long lasting, superior quality finishes. Featuring a lavish ‘Super Yacht’ finish, two pack paint is applied to crucial and hard waring surfaces throughout the interior. This is complimented with hand-finished, solid timber features & feature soft wall panelling.
The Lightwave 46 offers a variety of layout options, allowing for a high degree of customization. The Owners hull, port side is complimented by an additional starboard side guest cabin forward & an aft cabin (two singles converting to queen). With exquisite soft furnishings and timber features, the cabins provide the ultimate escape at days end.
The Master Aft cabin offers a low to the sole, end access queen bed. The large hull viewing window, aft deck window, bed-head porthole and cabin hatch, provide lots of natural light, vision & ventilation. A large bathroom is positioned forward with separate wet and dry areas. This configuration includes the laundry midships.
The Master Cabin forward provides a queen bed with end and side access. It is located on the bridgedeck level, so a step up. The height over head is approximately a metre so you can comfortably sit up in bed. Overhead hatches and portholes provide plenty of ventilation. You can enjoy the view out of the line of windows that run along the deck in this area. A modern bathroom positioned aft, with a laundry area conveniently positioned midships.
The Lightwave 46 is easily converted from an entertaining masterpiece to a place of tranquillity with intoxicating comfort. The expansive cockpit/aft deck area provides sheltered outdoor dining and lounging areas, protected from sun, rain and wind. The central cockpit table can be raised up and out of the way when not in use. Under seat is generous stowage, with additional 140L top opening fridge/ freezer located under the helm seat.
Distinguished from its unique double deck design, two rows of windows run along the length of the Lightwave 46 contributing to its sleek head turning appeal. Accommodation spaces are filled with natural light and vast views at eye height within the hulls. The stepped deck design allows for much greater head room (up to 6’6” in saloon and 6’9” in hulls), and noticeable head clearance when stepping down into the hull areas.
The Lightwave 46 is the only design that offers you a choice between an open, functional galley up or a mid–galley in the hull. Experience the difference. When you are on board the Lightwave 46, you will instantly notice how exceptional this unique design is. The ultimate expression of your taste.
Exceptional in design and functionality, the mid galley is vastly open to the social areas of the saloon, cockpit, and helm. The large cabin window features in this safe and functional configuration offering a fully equipped gourmet galley with extensive bench space, high quality cooking appliances, draw refrigeration and generous storage facilities.
Creating a social arena, the galley up option offers a fully equipped galley flowing into the saloon and cockpit areas. Ease of access to appliances and refrigeration is carefully considered for creating a culinary delight experience. There is no shortage of storage, with large bench spaces and additional storage introduced in the starboard hull.
Sophisticated in design and functionality, the systems expertly installed on the Lightwave 46, are a statement of continuous refinement from every Lightwave built, producing a vessel that is reliable and safe for long distance, remote cruising.
Lightwave catamarans are extremely stiff and resist torsional loads. Full foam core construction is used for the majority of all surfaces throughout the vessel. Despite the higher cost, it is the most suitable product for the vessels core.
The curvaceous moulded furniture throughout, whilst adding to its head turning appeal, promotes safety on passages. There are no sharp edges to harm you in a big sea.
Featuring a luxurious ‘Super Yacht’ finish, two-pack paint is applied to most vertical surfaces throughout the interior.
Hand-finished, solid timber features is featured throughout the vessel.
If the vessel is to be used for Australian or International chartering purposes, of if International class measures are required, Lightwave specialises in building the vessel to survey standards
Designed with the priority for the ultimate sailing experience, the deck layout and sailing systems are configured for ease of handling while shorthanded. The line system on the Lightwave 46 has been designed so all lines are organised and accessible from an area where the sails can be easily observed. Lines all lead to the cockpit and travel under serviceable fibreglass boards which not only keep the lines organised, but also remove possible tripping hazards. Hanging points are purposely provided creating a neat and organised place for line tails to be stored. Anderson winches and Ronstan deck gear are superiorly selected as standard equipment, with optional electric winches also available. A bridal main sheet system is cleverly applied to eliminate the safety concerns of a traveller car system traditionally used on catamarans.
The Lightwave 46 offers a very spacious area in the external engine rooms, to accommodate the standard 50hp engines & other engineering systems. All steering components as well as the optional generator are housed in the engine rooms, carefully positioned for ease of access for servicing and maintenance. The engine rooms are separated from the accommodation area with a bulkhead 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.
The Lightwave 46 is designed for self-sufficient blue water cruising. 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 660Ah lithium-ion battery bank. There are various solar options producing up to 2000kw of power. There is also 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 easily accessible and traceable with minimal disruption to the boats systems. Electrical components on the Lightwave 46 are carefully selected to ensure a minimum power consumption is achieved. Onboard systems incorporate the latest in technology, allowing remote control and monitoring of critical power systems, battery and charging status, tank levels, bilge pumps, aerial and security CCTV as well as an array of other custom options.
The Lightwave 46 has 800L of fresh water & 800L of diesel, in tanks that are built directly into the hull. High quality, purpose grade materials are used in this labour intensive construction method which guarantees an extremely high-quality product that will last for the lifetime of the boat. Dual freshwater pumps provided piece of mind through redundancy. A water transfer line is built into the system to allow water to travel between either tank. Fresh water vacuum toilets that use minimal fresh water (less than 400ml per flush) are a standard feature on the Lightwave 46, eliminating the stale saltwater smell that can encroach the cabin area. A saltwater system is also fitted to the vessel to allow an anchor wash, saltwater tap in the galley and hose in the cockpit.
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