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Lightwave 45
Vroom with a view Lightwave’s proven 45 footer is incorporated into the design of the new Maestro, creating a unique catamaran, reports KEVIN GREEN. The Lightwave 45 Maestro Lightwave Yachts flies the Australian made flag building quality catamarans in their Coomera yard under the guidance of shipwright Roger Overell. Roger and wife Louise acknowledged the […]
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Lightwave Yachts Celebrating 20 Years I story ROGER OVERELL, FOUNDER AND BUILDER, LIGHTWAVE YACHTS We recently celebrated 20 years at the Lightwave Family Reunion at Great Keppel Island, Queensland, with 18 Lightwave vessels in attendance and 60 people present. What a moment. What a sight. What an effort from all involved. We are so thankful […]
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STAYING TRUE BLUE The stormy waters of the global financial crisis have reshaped Australian boatbuilding, leaving a much leaner industry and Lightwave Yachts epitomises this new era with new boats and some radical new ideas, writes KEVIN GREEN. For company owner Roger Overell, the writing was on the wall several years ago when the Gold […]
Lightwave 38
LIGHTWAVE 38 GUARANTEED 100% ‘AUSSIE’! Seen from Europe, or the United States, we don’t always appreciate the real attraction of the Australians for the sea, and particularly the nautical industry. However, in the country of the kangaroo, there is an exceptional expertise as regards boat building, and a particularly large number of multihull specialists. A […]
Lightwave 38
To commission an Opus Ask anyone who their favourite band is, or what their favourite movie is and you can never get a right or wrong answer as everyone has their own personal preference. This also applies in a big way to boats. There are a lot of good boats on the market, and the […]
Lightwave 45
A syndicated Lightwave LIFE LW45G Blue Spirit is set up for long distance cruising with a roaming base location “Did you know each other before you joined the syndicate?” This is the question everybody asks when we talk about how delighted we are as syndicate owners of Blue Spirit, our brilliant new 45ft Lightwave Grande’ […]
Lightwave 45
Bluewater pedigree Running in big seas or reaching before a breathless backdrop of blue, the first Lightwave catamaran to find a home in New Zealand proves an impressive performer. Words John Martin Photos Will Calver/oceanphotography.co.nz The Lightwave Grandé benefits from generous spaces below decks and the tasteful colour scheme selected by Gill, making her a […]
Lightwave 38
An account of riding out the cyclone DISCUSSION CENTRED on the likely scenario that this system could intensify and take a very fast and direct approach to Cardwell. As days passed, this possibility was confirmed by the various national and overseas weather reporting agencies. This transferred to the local Councils and Emergency Management agencies which […]
Lightwave 45
Custom comforts Proving that quality built Australian catamarans have never been more popular Lightwave Yachts are busy supplying this growing market with innovative designs, as shown by the latest 45 Grandé, reports KEVIN GREEN. THE LATEST LIGHTWAVE, THE GRANDÉ 45 HAS just hit the water and with four other boats under construction the Coomera based […]
Lightwave 45
Lightwave conquers the World! WELCOME HOME : Lightwave Yachts host Homecoming celebration at Southport Yacht Club A blue water pedigree with sleek appeal, Lightwave cats are renowned for their awesome performance and long range cruising capabilities, and the latest accomplishment of a Lightwave 45, adds proven performance appeal, as a World conquering catamaran. SECOND TIME, […]
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ONE OFF the list Having been the artist on this mag for many years now it might come as a surprise to readers that I have never been on a catamaran before (well, not one that is moving anyway). I can almost hear the collective groans of “whats?” and “why nots?”. Now that’s not to […]
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Making Serious Waves Lightwave Yachts. By Mike Brown Queensland’s Lightwave Yachts have been making serious waves since 1996. They do build Australia’s fastest one design racing production cat, the Raider catamaran, but their renown is for cruising catamarans: sailing, power and, the logical combination, motor sailers. And these cruisers get cruised. This month the celebration […]
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PEDIGR EE CAT with charisma! The sun shines 364 days of the year in the Whitsunday Islands. The other day is reserved for my boat reviews; as such, the decidedly inclement weather on this one day I ventured north was surely a worthy test for the latest addition to the Lightwave Yachts portfolio, the Lightwave […]
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PEDIGREE CAT with charisma! The sun shines 364 days of the year in the Whitsunday Islands. The other day is reserved for my boat reviews; as such, the decidedly inclement weather on this one day I ventured north was surely a worthy test for the latest addition to the Lightwave Yachts portfolio, the Lightwave 38 […]
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HIS FOR From dream to reality From time to time we interview industry figure-heads, brokers, designers, CEOʼs, boatbuilders and marketing gurus who are only too happy to expound on the virtues and success of their boats, their products, their associations or their companies. Seldom until this opportunity arose however, do we get to hear first-hand […]
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Lightwave Yachts is proud to announce the 2010 LW38’ Sail and Power Cat models. New features include an extended cockpit hardtop area, creating a more spacious outdoor lounging & dining area that is protected from the elements. Larger double sliding doors into the saloon provide a wider entrance and adds to the seamless fl ow […]
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THE POWER OF TWO: THE LIGHTWAVE 47 MS Backing up with a second new release this year, Lightwave Yachts are pleased to announce the successful launching of their first Motor Sailer, the Lightwave 47’ Motor Sailer. Incorporating the new Grandé deck, the Lightwave 47’ Motor Sailer has been engineered to be a true Motor Sailer, […]
Lightwave 47
LIGHTWAVE Grandé Series genuine Motor Sailer LAMENTABLE IS THE REALITY THAT MOST MANUFACTURER CLAIMS OF A GENUINE ‘POWER catamaran’ version within their range have historically been met with suspicion and contempt by potential clients. A ‘motor sailer’ version creates even more dubiety; as such it is ironically satisfying then when a manufacturer such as Lightwave […]
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Lightwaves Cruise in Company: Guy Chester, EcoSustainAbility, Rally Organiser Photos supplied by Guy Chester & Rob Robson Louisiades Rally for 2009!2009! The Louisiades Yacht Rally will be held again in 2009. After a very successful inaugural Rally last year both the yachties and locals are getting ready for this year’s event. The Islands and People […]
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Premier ONE DESIGN fleet racing EXTREME sailing with comfort included Congratulations to Rob of Perth, W.A., owner of PEARL Raider, delivered after being displayed at the ’08 C.M. Mandurah Boat Show This 30′ demountable sports cat offers the most exciting experience creating a spectacular sight. A proven Offshore and Fleet Racer, the crew of four […]
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The need for speed The production multihull industry in Australia is deservedly proud of its ability to build excellent products at fair prices. I strongly believe that we have some of the best production builders in the world. Of course we also have access to some of the best designers and custom builders as well. […]
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LIGHTWAVE YACHTS VOLVO PENTA ROAMING REGATTA08 This three day extravaganza, was the fifth Annual Regatta Lightwave Yachts has hosted since 2004. Extreme weather conditions didn’t dampen the high spirits of the Lightwave Owners and their Guests who braved blustery, wet weather over most of the Event time. The format for this year’s Regatta was for […]
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Cruising the kimberley coast The Kimberley coast has become extremely popular with cruisers out of Darwin and also those travelling up the west coast from Perth and Fremantle. The number of boats visiting the area is certainly on the increase and quite a few tour boats take people in there now as well. The coastline […]
Lightwave 40
Lightwave 40 Cruising under sail is a pleasant way to go, but when the wind drops, on go the engines. Review by Kevan Wolf. Most yachties will tell you that when they are cruising they spend about 70 to 80 per cent of their time on the motor. This is why power catamarans have become […]
Lightwave 45
Around the World Peter and Penny Faulkner, LW45 Innforapenny II The dream was always to sail around the world and although I have had some experience coastal sailing along the east coast of Australia and in Western Europe the thought of a circumnavigation was a little daunting. On discovering that you could join an around […]
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Owner Ken French, comments on “Crossing to the Dark Side” after being a keen mono sailor all his life, and also recounts his experiences with buying an ex-charter Lightwave 38′ Sailing Catamaran… I think a lot of our family, friends and sailing mates were shocked when we told them we were going to buy a […]
Lightwave 46
Why buy a LIGHTWAVE an Owner’s Perspective…by Robyn Jefferies, FLASHDANCER, LIGHTWAVE POWERCAT 46’ Why buy POWER not SAIL? There are a lot of yachties or prospective yachties who would be more suited to a power vessel than a yacht. Advantages include: Getting to your destination quicker and more refreshed, this is definitely an advantage for […]
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SNEAK PEAK taking shape at the LWY factory Super Size The Lightwave 45′ Grande’ offers a cat focused on supreme comfort with a larger saloon and cockpit, whilst still offering responsive performance. Layout options include 3 or 4 cabins, two or four bathroom layout; and optional galley up. Having already secured orders prerelease, and the […]
Lightwave 45
South to Sydney by Andrew Crawford I am a strong supporter of the Australian Multihull Industry, be it small project builders, designers or large scale commercial production enterprises. I support the industry because it deserves it. By and large, Australia produces some of the finest multihulls in their class. ONE company I have watched with […]
Lightwave 38
A great custom to have Lightwave has revamped the popular 38 with options suited to the cruising, charter and weekend sailor markets, reports Roger Priest. The hardest thing about buying a new 38 from Lightwave is the plethora of buyer choices. To make things a little easier for you, Lightwave offers four basic layouts and […]
Lightwave 46
Lightwave Superstar At first sight the Lightwave 46’ Powercat exudes a flair of powerful dynamism. Sporting a finer hull shape, the piecing power efficient bulbs slice through the water at level trim, leaving bows dry, and no stern drag. The re-engineered hulls and sharp bows deliver peak performance, enhancing stability, safety and speed. The new […]
Lightwave 45
Elegant, efficient and seakindly were among the must-haves in the design brief for the new Lightwave 45. How well does it achieve them? Caroline Strainig reports on the latest offering from the Gold Coast-based Lightwave stable. When it comes to catamarans, there’s one name that springs immediately to mind when you start talking Australian designers: […]
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Lightwave owners regatta This year the Lightwave extended family held their regatta over a the Labour Day long weekend in Queensland. The format was for a get together and briefing on Friday night at the Southport Yacht Club, a race on Saturday leading into a beach barbie on Saturday night with an overnight stop at […]
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Lightwave Regatta Lightwave Yachts on the Gold Coast, if you didn’t already know produce a fine production sailing catamaran, as well as a powercat. Nathan and Roger and the team are amongst the friendliest crew around and are proud of their success in converting Tony Grainger’s design into an exceptional sailing boat. TO celebrate that […]
Lightwave 38
Lightwave, Last edition I wrote of a short sail on a Lightwave 38 Sonja and I recently had the opportunity to have a longer trip, spending an entire weekend on the boat in an around the Gold Coast. I thought it might be interesting to further review the vessel from ‘the crew’s perspective’ so it’s […]
Lightwave 38
THE Lightwave 38 was on display at the Sanctuary Cove Boat show. Since then I have had the opportunity to test sail the vessel in the Southport area. Nathan, from Overall Stanton Yachts was demonstrating the boat to two couples who were interested purchasers. I am advised that one of the couples has ordered a […]
Lightwave 35
OUR first open water passage in our Lightwave 10.5 catamaran would be from the Gold Coast to Hastings in Westernport Bay, Victoria. Over the past 10 months, our boat was a resident of the Hope Harbour Marina. Although we tried to take as many long weekends from our jobs in Melbourne to use Zig Zag, […]
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The growth of multihulls in Australia and indeed the world has certainly brought these boats and their designs to the fore in multihull boat production, not to be denied is the Grainger designed Lightwave 10.5, built by Overell Stanton Yachts on the Gold Coast. So it was we were greeted on a typical winter’s day […]

Lightwave Yachts – CRUISE FOR NEWS. Annual Publication

Cruise For News

SNEAK PEAK taking shape at the LWY factory Super Size

The Lightwave 45′ Grande’ offers a cat focused on supreme comfort with a larger saloon and cockpit, whilst still offering responsive performance. Layout options include 3 or 4 cabins, two or four bathroom layout; and optional galley up. Having already secured orders prerelease, and the eighth Sports model vessel nearing completion for early 08 delivery, the Lightwave 45′ offers the best design, style and performance of any cat in this size range.

After the popular release of the Lightwave 45′ Sports in 2005, Lightwave have fast tracked the new “Super Size” deck design that was due to be launched in late 2009, a year earlier, with the launch of the new Lightwave 45′ Grande’ due late next year. A previous Lightwave 38′ owner has commissioned Lightwave Yachts to build a custom Lightwave 46′ Powercat, and consequently, Lightwave will offer the new deck on their larger sail and power models, as a result of this latest project. Having proved it’s global going capabilities, the Lightwave 45′ Sports will remain an option. This awesome vessel has been documented to outperform the biggest names in the Industry, and has a proven 20,000 nm of ocean going capabilities behind it. A true ocean conquering design, the long sleek hulls and centralised accommodation of the Lightwave 45′ Sports, ensures you will get there quicker, as well as enjoying the journey and destination in absolute comfort.

LIGHTWAVE HEAD OF THE NEW CLASS

Australia’s leading cat builder, Lightwave Yachts have been announced as Builder & Campaign Partner for a NEW RACING CLASS: Raider One Design. Previously the Raider 302 design has proven its performance credentials in offshore racing around the World, and has now been turbo charged into a true “One Design” International Class. With ALL YACHT SPARS as joint Campaign partner, and headed by Professional Multihull Racing Champion, Jamie Morris, the Raider One Design is destined to become one of the most popular International One Design Multihull racers. PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING FORMS OF SAILING WITH COMFORT INCLUDED. FAST & ADDICTIVE.

For Sales and Sponsorship inquires,

contact Roger Overell at

info@lightwaveyachts.com or

phone (07)5556 0030.

From the helm

Welcome to the Lightwave Yachts Lifestyle magazine, cruisefornews. We have much to share and celebrate at Lightwave Yachts and this magazine captures the unique Lightwave spirit. As one of our LW owners so eloquently put it “you don’t just buy a Lightwave, you buy a family”!

At Lightwave Yachts in 2007 we have enjoyed record breaking sales at the Australian Boat Shows with the release of the newly designed Raised Helm Station on the Sailing models; we’ve taken on new business developments including the new racing line, Raider One Design; we have continued refinements in product supply and delivery; many of our Lightwave owners have achieved cruising milestones and we celebrated the 50th Lightwave launch at the fourth Annual Lightwave Owners Regatta. Over this period we have welcomed many new owners and it is pleasing that strong demand continues for the full range of Lightwave models, with International interest looming from the Asian areas.

Our “new product” development has been very active, with previous Lightwave 38′ owner Steve Eastwood commissioning Lightwave Yachts to build him a custom Lightwave 46′ Power Cat, due for late 2008 delivery. We have taken the opportunity to fast track the development of a new deck for the larger models and will release the Lightwave 45′ Grande´ next year.

We had a fabulous turn out for the fourth Annual Lightwave Owners Regatta with a record breaking fleet of 18 Lightwaves in attendance and over half our Owners attending. We look forward to our Regatta taking a new format next year to encompass both sail and power into the one event, rather than being a “sail” focus.

We are very proud of our achievements in 2007 and continue to strive for delivering the ultimate product and service. I acknowledge the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our staff and suppliers in achieving this and thank all our Lightwave owners for their continuing patronage.

Season Greetings

Roger Overell.

Lightwaves parade in paradise

From an outsider’s perspective, one would wonder what they had fallen upon as they watched the automatic door of the mini bus open and a flood of colour and naked bellies disembark. For the 150 guests in the know, they were at the ‘Rio Carnivale’ themed 2007 Lightwave Yachts Annual Owners Regatta which was being held on the dazzling Gold Coast from the 20th.

22nd April 2007.

A record 18 Lightwave catamarans and over 26 Owners converged on the Gold Coast to enjoy a weekend of partying and social cruising both offshore and on the beautiful Broadwater. It was going to be a hard feat outdoing last years ‘10 year Celebration’, but given the turnout, without a doubt, this years was certainly going to be memorable.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the special visit from two Lightwave International cruisers. Owners, Peter and Penny from Innforapenny II, who have been participating in an Around The World Rally, and Terry and Jan from Ridgee Didge, currently cruising in Thailand. Both couples flew back to the Gold Coast to attend the Lightwave Regatta and share a few chapters of their overseas journeys and cruising experiences, with their fellow Lightwave cruisers.

The competition between the cats and their crews began early Friday evening with the ‘Rio Carnivale Cocktail Party’. Leaving their Lightwave’s docked in the elegant surrounds of Sanctuary Cove, the crews headed to the Hope Island Function Centre. Here the crews vied for valuable Lightwave dollars by meeting certain requirements including dressing in theme and bringing their own Lightwave catamarans and crew. The result being thousands of LW dollars allowing them to bid in the infamous Lightwave Auction sponsored by various suppliers including Volvo Penta, Ronstan, All Yacht Spars, GM Sails and Grainger Designs. The items for Auction were extravagant to say the least and obviously the men wearing sequins thought it was worth the public humiliation and ribbing they were to receive over the next few days.

Renowned as the Lightwave/Lightwind regatta, the sparse, if ever present puff of air doesn’t necessary fulfil the requirements for competitive edge sailing, but certainly entertains the idea of social, fun days out on the water with a little competitive rivalry between owners.

With the magnificent Surfers Paradise skyline as the backdrop the 18 Lightwave Cats created a visual symphony heading offshore to enjoy a fun run course that involved colorful spinnakers, windward/leeward tactical maneuvers, discovering what the ROW rule is all about, battles on board with “who is the Skipper here”, and crews lining the decks, soaking up rays, enjoying magical displays from the plentiful marine life. The growing Lightwave Power fleet revealed their real power, participating as the Official vessels, acting as moving markers!

At the end of the day, the Lightwave cats leisurely made their way back to the Paradise Point anchorage, to enjoy a fiery night under the stars consisting of a hearty meal, fine wine, cold beers, crews socialising, sharing tales from the sea, and being entertained by fire dancers and the horizontal bungee.

As dawn broke and cast a golden mist over the fleet, our owners and their crews made their way to shore, to be chaperoned to the local Yacht Club for Annual Cup Presentation Breakfast. This year the Lightwave Cup winners were Lightwave 38 NORTHSTAR and Lightwave 45 CAPTAIN JACK. Joining the pointy end of the fleet were WATERLINE, OUT OF THE BLUE II, PRETTY PUSS and CATRA.

Without giving the crews any time for the after party blues to set in, we had them back out competing in an in-shore rally come mini triathlon. A staggered start had the Lightwave cats chasing each other up the narrow Broadwater waterways, collecting items on the way, either visually or physically from surrounding islands. Highly amused crews made their way to South Stradbroke Island for a Beach BBQ to gracefully end a sensational weekend of celebrating the ultimate lifestyle… LIGHTWAVE.

Thanks to all the efforts of Lightwave owners and their crews from ZIG ZAG, BLUES POINT, ULIMATE DREAM, LONGTIME, EQUILIBRIUM, BAHAMA, NORTH STAR, REFLECTIONS, DELIGHT, WAVE DANCER, RIDGEE DIDGE, STARFISH, SILVER GULL, INNFORAPENNY II, BRAHMINY, WATERLINE, FLASH DANCER, SALACIA, CAPTAIN JACK, ALLIKAT, OUT OF THE BLUE II, CATRA, PRETTY PUSS, MUSCAT 7 and TRIBAL.

Thanks to our suppliers and media partners for their generous support ALL YACHT SPARS, VOLVO, RONSTAN, GM SAILS, GRAINGER DESIGNS, ASHTIA UPHOLSTERY, FGI, GOLD COAST MARINE CENTRE, MULTIHULL WORLD & CRUISING HELMSMAN.

2008 LIGHTWAVE YACHTS OWNERS REGATTA April 18 – 20 “ROAMING REGATTA”

2007 launchings

ALLIKAT

John & Pam Wallace proudly own the 4th Lightwave 45′ Sailing Catamaran, “ALLIKAT”, fondly named after their daughters, Allison, Elisabeth and Katharine (with a playful cat reference). “Allikat” features beautiful Burmese teak throughout, to complement the leather finishing detail. Currently enjoying semi-retirement, that lovely stage of life where you still work but holiday most of the time, John and Pam have recently returned from an extended cruise up North to Cairns on “Allikat”.

John and Pam had previously owned a Beneteau and had experience sailing in the Whitsundays and Tahiti. A holiday on a catamaran convinced them that this was the way to go for their retirement. “The boat is set up for ease of handling. This helps in the initial training stage. The two of us comfortably handle the boat. We feel really confident. It is very responsive under sail or motor and I’ve really enjoyed the performance of it. It’s a great size for having guests join you for a holiday. It’s big enough to enjoy your own space whilst not being so big that you can’t handle it single handedly. This is a really important consideration when you are considering cruising as a couple”.

Based in Batemans Bay, New South Wales, “Allikat” will enjoy celebrating New Years in Sydney, before returning to Queensland for extensive cruising in 2008.

PRETTY PUSS

Ian and Lyn Torode had the Lightwave 38′ on their wish list for some time, and in April “Pretty Puss” was launched. “Pretty Puss’ turned heads at Sanctuary Cove & Airlie Beach Boat Shows, and then joined the Whitsundays Charter fleet with Cumberland Charter Yachts for the start of the cruising season.

Ian and Lyn and their two boys enjoyed some cruising time on “Pretty Puss” before delivering her to the Charter fleet in June. “We had a great trip north despite a good breeze on the day the ship went up on the beach at Newcastle. We had 40 – 45 knots up the stern but the boat performed beautifully and we saw 15 knots with just the jib up”.

“For us the best ownership arrangement was for the boat to be in charter. Firstly we would like more time on her but there is not much cruising in Melbourne and we would like to cruise more in the islands up north”. “In a few years I hope to wind back my practice and then we would like to spend more time on the boat”.

“Pretty Puss” is sure to leave an impression on those fortunate enough to charter her! Featuring the new Raised Helm Station, the charter operators comment on the Lightwave’s 38’s innovative use of space. “There is always somewhere to sit and rest. The cockpit table makes the outside area complete. Lightwave have the best quality finish and its so easy to keep clean. It may not be the biggest volume boat we have in the fleet, but it has the best use of space. Simple and clever”.

NAUTI BOUY

Paco & Nina Arevalo from Western Australia, are owners of a new Lightwave 45′ NAUTI BOUY. After twenty five relentless years of being in business this newly semi-retired man was determined to achieve his dream. His requirement was brief. He wanted change out of $1M. He wanted to purchase a sailing boat to take him world cruising and ultimately sail her to Spain where she will be based.

Launched in May, NAUTI BOUY featured Lightwave’s Signature New Raised Position, Bose sound system throughout, full starboard ensuite with separate shower, and remote control auto pilot, oh… did we mention the crate of wine!! Paco joined the great migration North in June, picking up his family at Airlie Beach and continued cruising for a few months. Next year they will spend some time in the Kimberleys and then set off to Spain in 2009. The name… well that’s self-explanatory! With a nautical twist!

MUSCAT 7

Congratulations to Nils and Mayte, owners of the 50th Lightwave, a Lightwave 38′ “Muscat 7”.

Launched among the flurry of Regatta fever, the crowned Lightwave 38 “Muscat 7” emerged among the feathers and bling of the 2007 Rio Carnivale Lightwave Owners Regatta, enjoying her grand first sail, with a supportive fleet of 18 other Lightwaves.

The name with its cat reference also has a more significant meaning, of where they met, in the Capital of Oman… “its all so fitting”.

Nils and Mayte are based in North Queensland with the best cruising grounds in the World, the Whitsundays, on their doorstep. They have been enjoying coastal cruising this year and plan to cruise the Kimberleys, Louisiades, Solomans, Vanuatu and New Calendonia… to name a few.

TRIBAL

Congratulations to Geoff and Brenda Tribe who took delivery of their Lightwave 45′ “Tribal” in August. Ready to take the plunge into semi-retirement they were keen for a boat that could take them to faraway places, and that would accommodate their family on extended trips. Geoff and Brenda are fairly new to sailing and plan to spend time locally getting to know their boat and joining the local Yacht Club to participate in casual racing to increase their sailing knowledge and experiences. Throughout the build of their boat, they found the helpfulness & product knowledge of staff tremendous, particularly when taking on this new lifestyle venture, and the support of other Lightwave Owners “excellent -fantastic!”

“’Tribal’ relates to our surname and the spirit of how we envisage the boat operating! Considering our family and friends, the boat could be out of control and very TRIBAL often. We plan to cruise up North and maybe Noumea mid next year”.

RED UNDIES

Ken and Judi are a dynamic duo… embracing life at a fast pace, it only suits that their boat be a reflection of them. Involved in the Lightwave fraternity for a number of years, being friends of two time Lightwave owners Peter and Penny of Innforapenny II, Ken and Judi have been observing from the sideline, playing guests at Lightwave Regattas, helping out as delivery crew, and sharing holidays on board Peter and Penny’s latter Lightwave 38′ and their current Lightwave 45′.

A glorious launching was shared with Ken and Judi. The boat made an impression at the Sydney International Boat Show, with its glamorous “penthouse” fit out featuring a painted feature wall in the saloon and majestic soft furnishings throughout.

She now calls Lake Macquarie home, with the plan to offer Skippered Charters on the Lake, once the initial cruising plans are completed. The name…. so the explanation goes, as this Launching Day photo suggests!!!!, is a play on words, with the “redundancy” funds that helped pay for the boat…

50th LIGHTWAVE LAUNCH

Just last year Lightwave Yachts celebrated 10 years and this year they have achieved another significant milestone – the 50th Lightwave launch. Sporting four models in Lightwave’s Ultimate Cruising range, it was coincidental that their most produced model, the Lightwave 38′, was crowned with this glory.

Launched among the flurry of Regatta fever, the crowned Lightwave 38 “Muscat 7” emerged among the feathers and bling of the 2007 Rio Carnivale Lightwave Owners Regatta, enjoying her grand first sail, with a supportive fleet of 18 other Lightwaves. Although initally, Lightwave Yachts offered stage completed boats, for the most part of their production history, they have produced completed boats. The Lightwave cats are recognised as one of the best finished boats available on the market and have received awards acknowledging this high standard, including the prestigious AMIF Boat of the Year (Sailing Multihull) award in 2000, and the 2006 Boat of the Year Commendation Award (Sailing Non-Trailerable).

Lightwave Yachts have had all smooth sailing in their eleven years of business and have one of the most respected names in the Marine Industry, with a key formula to their dazzling success being STABLE, STEADY GROWTH… at current production rates Lightwave Yachts will achieve the next 50 in half the time it took to achieve the first 50!

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Lw45 Popup Plumbing

PLUMBING SYSTEM

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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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

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.

Lw45 Popup Engine

ENGINE ROOM

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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