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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 […]

Multihull World Magazine. ‘His Forte’ article

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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 from the end user, the consumer, the man in the street who at the end of the day is keeping all the above in jobs! Barry Tyler took the opportunity to speak recently to Brisbane businessman Wayne Lamb, and find out how the average consumer views, experiences and orchestratesthe process of choosing then building their ʻdream boatʼ.

Multihull World Magazine (MHW): Starting at the beginning, how extensive was your knowledge of boating, what was your boating background?

Wayne Lamb (WL): Right from a small boy I have spent time on the water, both my dad and I were and still are passionate fishermen. I also have done extensive power and sailing passages on other peoples’ boats but most recently I have spent my sea time aboard my own Cuddles Flybridge cruiser.

MHW: What is your business background?

WL: I run a small architectural design practice, which incidentally I believe helped me immensely when it came to formulating my list of criteria for the boat.

MHW: What was the catalyst that spurred you on to buying this catamaran?

WL: Two or three years ago I got to the point where I realised I needed toslow my pace of life somewhat. There was more to life than work, my marriage of 12 years was ending and it was a time of change and self discovery for me. I actually lived on the Cuddles for a fewmonths, and during this time I had space to think, find myself, work out what was important in life and, really to solidify my dreams. Eventually I began to hatch a plan that I had always harboured to one day run my own charter boat, I guess togive me the best of both worlds as I could live the dream. From a purely mercenary perspective I could enjoy my love affair with the sea and along the way get paid for doing it. My business was at a stage where I could realistically contemplate such a move and as they so often say – the rest is history!

MHW: I believe there was another incentive too, that made it affordable from your perspective.

WL: Very much so. The very timely Rudd ‘Small Business Investment Incentive’ allowed me to move from looking at the secondhand boat market, into a brand new boat custom-built exactly to my needs, with brand new everything at a very similar price to a three- four- or five-year-old boat that would then have to be modified significantly. It allowed me to move forward with my decisions, rather than hanging back! So, yes, thank you Mr Rudd!

MHW: Why did you opt for the catamaran configuration?

WL: Obviously it is economical and efficient, but most importantly I believe it is a very safe boat; I worked that out from research done, talking to past and present Lightwave owners. People can be relaxed when they are aboard because it is stable and is designed intentionally to remain at a level attitude in all conditions mum isn’t going to feel nervous! And, volume is sublime; there is plenty of room inside for guests, clients or children – all can have your own space. Plus I believe the catamaran configurationis easier to sail in our type of charter situation.

MHW: What were your options when you decided to go down the catamaran track?

WL: I had a number of choices, one was to buy a kit cat, which was cost-effective but time intensive. That was out of the question so the other extreme was go to a builder and have a fully customised vessel built, again time intensive and also more expensive. That raised more questions than answers so following the advice of a friend I started looking at production catamaran builders.

MHW: How did you come to choose a Lightwave catamaran?

WL: I guess first and foremost I liked the lines of the Lightwave, visually I thought it was a beautiful sleek boat. They look fast even at anchor and from a corporate charter perspective, it looks and feels like you are stepping onto a state-of-the-art $1-million vessel. Being in the design game myself, visual appeal isvery important and while very briefly I looked at secondhand catamarans it soon became obvious I was not going to get what I wanted. I then began looking atnew boats and ironically my research suggested it would be hard to achieve what I wanted in a new boat also, such were most production catamaran manufacturers’ attitudes to customisation of their production models. I narrowed it down to two brands in the end, one said no to any mods and Roger’s attitude was, “can-do all the way as long as you are happy to pay for it.”

MHW: Why did you choose the Lightwave 38 model?

WL: Originally I looked at 10m catamarans, but I soon realised they were too small for what I wanted to do. That meant the next size up, around the 35- 38ft size range and after narrowing it down to two I then toured each manufacturing facility, without prejudice, before I made my final purely ‘business’ decision. What came out of it was a short-list of 20 items, the ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’ of each boat and all had to be addressed – somehow. Price was important too, but not the only driver and what clinched it for me finally was this willingness by Lightwave Yachts, to address my requirements. At the end ofthe day, that mattered most because it showed a keenness by the manufacturer, to work with their client!

MHW: Why opt for a sailing cat rather than a power catamaran?

WL: Hard to put a finger on really. I guess it is the serenity that comes with sailing, especially appropriate when we have a corporate charter situation. It also allows my guests to become more involved with operating the boat, feeling a part of the action rather than merely being on board a boat. I wanted it as user-friendly to sail, as possible.

MHW: I believe Lightwave Yachts are releasing this as a particular model to their portfolio?

WL: That is correct. The changes incorporated on my boat were a significant enough upgrade from the standard 38 sailing cat, that Lightwave Catamarans owners Roger and Louise Overell have decided to release this as the Lightwave 38’ model. They’ve given it a new look and also added some new layout options, and incorporated some features from the larger Grandé model. I believe they are going to call it the 38 Forté.

MHW: Do you view this as a luxury model perhaps; how would you define it?

WL: What I asked for in the boat was not so much luxury items as practical items pertaining to my usage plans for the boat. Hopefully my clients will see it as a luxury boat, but really first and foremost I strived to create a user-friendly functional boat

MHW: And what are your plans for this boat?

WL: This boat will be operating in MoretonBay, in corporate and private charter. I have gone to great lengths to provide a boat that istailor-made for that sector of the charter market. All these changes we have made ultimately impact on the comfort of my clients. We will offer fully skippered and catered week day charters for VIP clients, corporate events and/or team building occasions. And on the weekends and holidays, skippered and catered short breaks for couples and families.

MHW: How many people do you intend catering for?

WL: The boat is ‘surveyed’ for 28 day-trip passengers plus crew. Overnight we can cater for two couples or a family in the two air-conditioned cabins, plus crew.

MHW: Why choose Moreton Bay; surely all charter operators head north to for instance, the Whitsunday Region?

WL: The Moreton Bay region has got to be one of the best kept secrets in Australia as far as I am concerned. It is untapped – and most underrated. There are some absolutely magic places around the bay, Moreton and Peel Islands, Tangalooma, all the inner islands. Plus of course it is on the doorstep of a major State Capital City – and an international airport! Perfect for doing business on Friday, sail the Bay on the weekend and back home for work Monday. How easy is that?

MHW: Do you intend building your business into a fleet of boats?

WL: I believe the potential is there, but at this stage I am not getting ahead of myself. We need to tick all the boxes first, build the business up first.

MHW: What are some of the changes you have implemented in this new 38 Forté model?

WL: The most significant changes are the new extended hard-top that I requested to further extend aft. This fully covers the cockpit plus more. This option allowed us to then run the boom ‘traveller’ system on top of the hard-top, thereby freeing up the rear transom beam for a rear bench seat which is now higher and further aft so as to provide more actual cockpit area. I also wanted the optional swim platform or duckboard (the centre bridgedeck or tunnel section) which extends well aft of the transom beam, as it provides a ‘working’ platform separate from the ‘entertainment’ side of the cockpit. Combining this option with the cockpit changes, dramatically increased, virtually doubled, my cockpit volume.

Roger re-designed the saloon entry door too, into a double-stacking slider that provides a significantly wider entry. It opens the room out. I have also added the largest stainless steel marine barbecue I could find, plus I had a corner sink added to the cockpit and a fully integrated fridge/freezer combo added to the base of the helm seat module. The (electric) winches and sheets for the sailing gear have all been re-positioned so they can be activated from the awesome and really quite unique Lightwave helm station. All we really need to do now, after the shake-down cruise, it to line the cockpit and steps with Flexiteek – in my opinion a more durable and forgiving product, than teak.

MHW: What changes did you make internally?

WL: First and foremost we looked at the galley and refrigeration capability to address charter requirements. The Lightwave standard equipment is excellent so other than stainless steel bench-tops, a 1000w microwave oven and an additional hatch, the galley was untouched. The onboard power is all still 12V, but wherever it was needed we have upgraded it to charter-capable specification. The portside entertainment module has been changed to include a larger 32in LCD screen television, obviously for corporate presentations, plus we have incorporated a cocktail cabinet for a touch of luxury.

Under the lounge our battery capacity has been increased from four to 6 x 100Ah, and there are individual 12V air-conditioning systems which alleviate the need for a genset. Accommodation-wise up for’ard there are two queen-size cabins, the starboard cabin with a new full ensuite, a new feature and upgraded from the previous ‘toilet only’ option available. A separate starboard ‘crew’ double cabin including a laundry, is located aft of the central companionway. Amidships portside is a small office-cum-navigatorium with a full size bathroom with separate shower located aft. There is a single berth in the for’ard port bow and the dinette table can be lowered into a queen sized bed should the need arise.

MHW: Some of these changes appear quite major; you had no problems convincing Roger (Overell) of the merits of these changes?

WL: We worked our way through all my requests; most were accommodated, others were impractical, but invariably Roger always had a solution to my request.

MHW: All these must have added a significant cost to the boat?

WL: Surprisingly it hasn’t cost that much more. A lot of the changes are only modifications or extensions, rather than completely new systems or features. In dollar terms, the standard model starts at about $500,000 and I reckon it has cost me another 25% to 30% in this current guise. The winch, engine and electronics upgrades and the rather onerous cost of survey are all included in that additional $125 to $150K also, so the reality is the actual customisation side of it was far from excessive.

MHW: I have to ask, how did you envisage all these changes; how did you know what to change?

WL: I did a lot of planning, a lot of research, and a lot of days out on other peoples’ boats, and gradually a picture emerged of my perfect boat. I needed the boat to be robust, but I also didn’t want it to look like a Sherman tank so it was important I had a good idea of where I was going, before I started the project.

MHW: Will you be able to handle this boat on your own, or will you need crew?

WL: I believe that all we will need is a skipper and a host. With everything I have outlined, I believe the boat has been set up to address this expectation. That is what my business plan caters for and certainly my partner Donna and I are confident we will cope with ease!

MHW: You mentioned engine and sail equipment upgrades, what speeds will the 38 Forté be capable of?

WL: We have upgraded the engines from 30hp up to 40hp Volvo Penta Sail drives, not to increase speed but to maintain it when fully loaded. We will never ring the boats neck when under sail power either, that is not the image we wish to portray. It will sail nicely in a 15- 20kt breeze with a screecher up, at 10- 12kts and I guess under power we would see eight to nine knots out of her. I stress again though, we are not about speed; we are cruisers not racers so it is more about comfort and enjoying the moment!

MHW: Do you require licences to skipper this boat in a charter situation?

WL: Ours is a ‘skippered’ charter boat and as such I am required to have a coxswain’s ticket. I will have obtained my coxswain’s ticket by the time we are up and running, it is about getting the sea-time logged. During day charter trips and depending on numbers and the situation, I have enlisted the aid of severalprofessional skippers to fill any gaps if needed.

MHW: What sails will you be carrying, what does your sail wardrobe consist of?

WL: I was guided there by Roger; we have gone for a cruising-style main, a self-tacking furling jib and a furling screecher. The rig is designed to go up easy, require minimum handling and trimming and then pack away simply when we get there. The electric main halyard winch is testament to that philosophy.

MHW: What is the significance behind the vessel’s name, Axis Mundi?

WL: Axis Mundi is Latin and can be loosely translated as “centre of the world”. It comes from Shamenic mythology. “The image expresses a point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. At this point travel and correspondence is made between higher and lower realms.” For me Axis Mundi speaks of a place of quiet, calm, peace and can exist anywhere, especially within us.

MHW: Everyone is still smiling, obviously the build project went well?

WL: Can I put it this way; it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience the whole way through! It was important to me to be a part of the build process so I could become intimately familiar with the systems of the boat and all the way though Roger and his staff always made me feel most welcome I could drop in at any time. I have confidence in this boat, for I know it inside out! Ours was a partnership of designers working together and in every facet of the construction of the vessel we reached 100% agreement. I have a philosophy of ‘do it once and do it right’. This has never ever been even remotely compromised, the whole way through!

MHW: What has been the best part, the best aspect of the project, for you?

WL: I would be lying if I didn’t say it was launch day; I was a very proud man as I poured champers over the bow of the boat; but really it was the harmonious build process that made the whole exercise so worthwhile. For me it is all about the trip, I’m a ‘journey’ sort of a person rather than a ‘destination’ guy, so in this respect I got so much more out of the build exercise!

MHW: You talk about a journey, do you see the boat simply as stage one of your journey?

WL: In a way yes; in my own mind I have looked at this journey incrementally. It doesn’t stop once Roger has finished the boat. In actual fact ‘stage one’ for me was exploring all the options; stage two was coming up with the concept; stage three was building it; stage four will be using it; stage five will be establishing and building a business around this boat. The latter will come to fruition when we launch the concept at the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

MHW: You had definite ideas on layout and features. Do you feel you got exactly what you set out to achieve in a vessel?

WL: Absolutely, unequivocally!

MHW: Having launched your boat now and taken it away over the Easter break, can you pronounce yourself totally happy with the end result?

WL: It has reached, in fact well surpassed my expectations. It is exactly what I set out in my own mind, to achieve!

MHW: Given the chance over again, is there anything you would change, do differently?

WL: My next boat, at this stage anyway and assuming that is there is a next one – will be exactly the same in every detail, every facet!

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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.

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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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