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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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 PC
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 […]
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 PC
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 […]
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 PC
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: […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]

Mulithull World Magazine. LW46′ Review article


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 generation Powercat recognises the space benefits of the multihull concept boasting large internal spaces including a master stateroom with island style bed and walk in robe, guest cabin with ensuite, and a third double cabin.

Lightwave Yachts are renowned as the ‘innovators’ in the industry and their new 46’ Powercat is no exception. Standing out with unique design features like their ‘raised helm position’, which provides all the benefits associated with a traditional flybridge, without isolating the captain from family members and guests. The high speed displacement hull is fitted with twin 160hp Volvo diesel engines using 2 litres per nautical mile at a speed of 15.5 knots – with fuel economy like this, it makes the perfect long range cruiser or liveaboard.

In the eyes of the very wealthy the classification of Super Yacht means everything is big, the length of the waterline to the cost of an expensive array of furnishings, plus a luxuriously appointed master cabin and an engine room filled with big and thirsty engines.

Sure there are a number of these impressive Super Yachts located in various ports around the world, and they justifiably attract attention and turn heads whenever they gracefully motor or sail from port to port.

But in all cases, the owners are forced to agree that size, power and prestige, comes with a cost and owning a real Super Yacht is super expensive with each nautical mile presenting a big bill for not only the cost of entertaining personal guests, but also topping up the fuel tanks.

The Super Yacht building industry particularly in America and Europe, has enjoyed an unparalleled growth over the past decade with the billionaires and millionaires accepting the advantages of taking a break from making money to spending some ‘petty cash’ and enjoying the healthy benefits by taking time out to experience the value of a carefree, aquatic lifestyle.

Yes, there are Super Yachts, and then there are yachts that are just super. In most cases, the word super has a totally different meaning which is all relative to affordability.

It is in my view that the classification of Super Yacht should only ever be applied to a vessel that has the design, construction integrity and sea comfort to provide the owner with an affordable bottom line in relation to cost.

Therefore, it is possible to own a Super Yacht with a user friendly waterline length measuring between 13 metres up to what the owners of the ‘Big Boys Toys’ rate as their personally selected version of a Super Yacht.

Really the belief comes down to a matter of choice with the number of smaller luxury catamarans adequately filling the needs and performing to the requirements to qualify as a Super Yacht.

They can also represent a wise investment, while complimenting the advantages with living in a penthouse type environment where the view changes from the dining table or the super comfortable cocktail lounge each time the anchor is lowered.

As expected, the competition to establish a healthy cash flow to help sustain a necessary ongoing research and development program has played a big role behind the excellent choice of both sail and motor yachts being meticulously built, and now being rolled off the production line at a number of Australian leisure catamaran building companies.

One of the most recent success stories has evolved from Lightwave Yachts, a Gold Coast boat yard which first started operations in a small rented shed just over a decade ago to now be riding along on the crest of the wave with the identity of being recognised among the best in the industry turning out high quality catamarans.

They have sensibly covered both worlds building a motorised passage-making catamaran for the owner who wishes to cruise in a straight line, and the owner who prefers to make lower cost passages sailing free with the wind.

In both cases, Lightwave Yachts have built an impressive fleet with satisfied owners taking real pride helming their yachts on the various inshore and offshore courses along the Australian coast and beyond.

Sensibly, they have chosen an appealing brand name ‘Lightwave’ for the impressive range of sailing and power catamarans built at Coomera, on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Lightwave Yachts collective desire to build quality has never been compromised establishing the growing company as a major player in the customized multihull boat building industry.

Ongoing market demand has forced Lightwave into renting more floor space to meet the recent sales of the spacious ocean sailing and motor voyaging catamarans designed by Tony Grainger.

The hands on sailing careers of the experienced designer Tony Grainger, who is forever thinking outside the square, and the company principal and Brisbane to Gladstone Race champion, Roger Overell has created an efficient, no fuss (light wave wash) catamaran.

Last February, the progressive Lightwave Yachts team of skilled fibreglass boat builders was committed to a heavy workload applying their skills to an impressive new model, the Lightwave 45’ Sports Cruiser, the largest of their sailing catamarans.

Since then the same team have completed the first twin Volvo 160 Hp Lightwave 46’ Powercat, which made her Australian debut at the 2006 Sydney International Boat Show in early August attracting wide interest and glowing reports.

This stylish new model, following on from the success of the smaller Lightwave 40’ Powercat, has become another winner with sales contracts under negotiation well before the neatly built prototype power catamaran was extracted from the mould.

Lightwave have cleverly combined the important features of space, comfort and performance into a sleek eye catching design measuring 14m overall and a beam of 7.3m incorporating 2.0m head room clearance in the hulls enhancing the live aboard appeal with spacious cabins, bridge deck saloon and galley.

The selected layout includes a master stateroom with an island style bed and walk in robe, guest cabin with ensuite, and a third double cabin. This ideal three double cabin fit out allows three couples to enjoy the comforts of the vessel when not on watch. The interior design incorporated all of the special feminine touches that allow for easy care when tidying up the cabin and making the bed.

This feature had no association with the performance, but the simplicity of the task allowed the ‘house wife’ to slip into relaxation mode when her duties were complete, and the vessel was again in ship-shape condition.

Perhaps this chore would normally go unnoticed, but not so by the skippers ‘first mate’, who from the outset needs to be confident that her onboard duties would not only be simple, but easy as well. The interior design blends seamlessly with the sleek exterior offering a surprising amount of user-friendly space throughout.

Sailing and economical motoring performances have, and will always remain as the most important features, however Lightwave Yachts have not lost the direction to maximize crew comfort with the interior fit out which can be changed to suit personal demands.

There is the welcome impression of space when first stepping aboard from either the port or starboard hull with an easy companionway leading to the bridge deck saloon area, which also includes the helm, navigation station and general dining and entertainment area.

The ergonomically planned galley situated in the starboard hull is fitted with a Broadwater gas oven, grill and hot plates, a stainless steel refrigerator with over 120 litres of space, and a stainless steel sink serviced by a hot and cold mixer tap, with swivel spout. There is an abundance of space for food preparation and is handily located with easy access to the saloon.

A combination of satin finished Rosewood and Silver Ash timbers enhances the hardwearing white fiberglass mouldings, which combined with the soft touch vinyl headlining presents an elegant finish to the interior.

But there is more to this outstanding floating ‘home away from home’ package. The shower compartment is sensibly separated from the full vacuum flush toilet system by a stylish glass door.

Then there is the roomy master cabin, which has to be viewed to be believed. The queen size bed and walk-in wardrobe takes advantage of the space benefits of the multihull concept.

All of the features included, provide an uncompromised standard of comfort from bow to stern, with the entire motor away standard package of the Lightwave 46’ Powercat priced at AUD$790,000.00 including GST, representing excellent value when compared with an upmarket beachfront holiday unit. The value of the initial investment takes on an upgrade when you consider the ever-changing environment depending on where you decide to drop anchor.

Collectively, the latest Lightwave 46’ has followed on from the traditional skills employed in building a respected name in the industry. More importantly, it shows all of the qualities expected in a new generation voyage making catamaran.

Her long range cruising speed of 9 knots with the engines synchronized at 1800 rpm and returning a very economical 10 litres per hour combined with a peak speed of 21 knots and a fast cruise rate of 15.5 knots, qualifies the new Lightwave 46’ Powercat in a category of a Super Yacht with her super style and super performance.

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Plumbing System

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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Electrical System

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.

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Engineering Systems

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.

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Sailing Systems

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. 

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