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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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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 Lightwave45 Maestro

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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 precariousness of relying on customised, high-end boat manufacturing alone, so for the past nine years have operated a composite building facility in parallel with their catamaran yard. The synergies from this business is apparent to anyone who closely looks at the exceptional GRP finish on a Lightwave and the new Maestro I sailed was very much more of the same hand-made feel and attention

Room with a view
Launched in August for second-time Lightwave owner, Wayne Lamb of Robinson Cruises, the Lightwave 45 Maestro, Axis Vitae shares the popular selling LW45 Grande model’s features – elegant raked lines, fully extended hardtop over the aft deck and raised single helm station. The hulls and bridgedeck are the same as the Grande model, along with the davits, engine rooms and foredecks. Its DNA is clear to see because the Maestro is simply a variation of the standard LW45 model. The striking difference compared with the Grande I sailed a few years ago is the accommodation, with the saloon sharing its space with the main cabin. Accessed via an offside sliding door in the saloon, this large cabin straddles the bridgedeck and has facilities in both hulls. There’s a queen sized island bed which offers views on all sides, through the main saloon windows and even aft via a smaller one – that also allows the skipper to peek through when under way. Around the queen sized bed are plenty of cupboards – all finished in light oak with a mix of solid edges and veneers used – including a useful vanity table to starboard. An open bulkhead separates the ensuite in the starboard hull which is large with double sinks, electric head and shower forward, plus there’s access to the bow bulkhead. Over in the port hull there’s a vanity/desk and storage in lockers. The Maestro design required a slightly larger saloon and presented some technical and aesthetic challenges. “There is a fine line between accommodating big cruising cat comfort whilst not impacting on the performance design principles of the catamaran,” said Roger. So the new boat Axis Vitae certainly lives up to its Latin name meaning the ‘centre of life’ as the unique cabin puts you in that spot on this 45 footer – on the same level as the saloon, galley and cockpit.

The saloon itself remains a usable space, despite the rather austere dividing bulkhead, with L-shaped sofa surrounding a folding and height-adjustable table. Adjoining to starboard is the galley worktops and double sinks outboard. At the aft bulkhead there’s a four burner stove/oven and microwave nearby, along with slide-out spice rack and plenty of cupboards which makes for a very functional cooking space; all with sea views. My only slight gripe was the location of the flat screen television, which despite being neatly indented in the aft bulkhead, was right below the open window that houses the swing-out plotter for viewing at the helm.

Hull accommodation has skipper/crew quarters to starboard where there’s two single bunks that share the space with a washing machine and dryer, along with a bathroom forward. Tropical sailing requires plenty ventilation so three opening hatches plus a portlight should keep crew cool and the area is separate from the rest of the boat. In the crew bathroom there’s an electric head and forward is a separate shower cubicle with plenty natural light throughout the entire area from the rectangular side window.

Climbing up the stairs, across the bridgedeck then down into the port aft quarter reveals the third cabin, a double nestled aft and my favourite berth at sea on catamarans. This climb-in berth has a basic fit-out with few additions apart from the spacious sleeping space and opening hatches but should be a comfy place.

Sheltered aft deck
The Maestro deck continues the same functional layout as previous models but with some customisation of the sail controls. So there’s a wrap around tent to snugly protect the diners – or in the case of our review boat the charter parties – should the weather turn foul and the overhead hardtop ensures this tented deck area stays dry. Axis Vitae has lots of covered floor space for people to congregate or lounge and a table offside on starboard with bench seating outboard while nearby on the portside is Lightwave’s signature raised helm station, enclosed with a shapely hard-topped bimini. Sail controls are centralised at the helm to allow short-handed sailing and comprise of two electric Harken winches, operated from the bank of buttons on the main dashboard and all halyards run here via Ronstan blocks to Spinlock jammers and are neatly stowed in bulkhead bins. As per previous models the mainsail is controlled with a double sheeting system on a transom mounted track, with a set of double blocks on each end. Cleverly, the twin winches on the aft gunwales for the screecher can be controlled from here. Also, being beside the davits, these winches can hoist the dinghy. They also wind in both directions and can be remotely operated from the bank of switches by the helm, allowing skipper Wayne to control everything from his steering position. “It also means I don’t disturb the guests while operating the boat, yet the raised position means I can easily swivel round to chat,” says Wayne. Around the stainless steering wheel, which is hydraulically operated, the electronic throttles for the Volvo saildrives are at hand and you’re surrounded by Raymarine instrumentation – a large hybrid touch screen model a dedicated charter plotter while a smaller e7 model is used for sonar/depth – something you have to watch carefully on Moreton Bay. Both these units swing out from inside the cabin window.

Useful ideas here include the flip-out steerer’s seat with 140L fridge underfoot, which means the skipper never needs to leave the helm for a drink and can chat to guests easily. For shore leave, the moulded davits on the transom can quickly deploy the rubber ducky, something I checked when I easily lowered it into the briny without incident for my photo shoot. Nearby is the obligatory transom mounted barbecue. Other good details include the curved grab rails leading to the swim platforms on each hull. Along the sidedecks survey requirements mean you are well protected with four-wire safety lines before you reach the wide expanse of the foredeck. Anchoring is taken care of via a deck mounted Muir vertical windlass with the anchor bridal going through a deck roller cavity but there is another roller up front as well. Behind the collision bulkheads are twin bow lockers with large hatches, ideal for storing the gennaker and fenders.

The new stateroom required the rig to be moved further back on the Maestro and the saloon-top mast is supported by the bulkhead dividing the saloon. The new sailplan has a reduced the leach on the mainsail and an increased headsail area to compensate, so the standard self-tacking jib is replaced by a genoa. A long bowsprit gives the screecher good separation from the inboard genoa while the mainsail hoisted easily from the lazyjacks. Sail material is cruise laminated and tri-radial cut by Evolution Sails.

Making the Maestro
A slightly larger saloon was designed on hull #16 of this Lightwave 45 to incorporate the new stateroom. But there were plenty of challenges for the deck design, including the latest survey requirements that allows for 36 people aboard. “The harmonisation of State survey regulations meant we had to incorporate all their requirements, so this took time and effort as well,” explained Roger. This included the extra plumbing system that I noted running through the hulls for fire fighting requirements and on deck a set of Karly floats on the trampolines are cleverly disguised as sunpads. The aesthetics of the LW45 are greatly helped by plenty of waterline length but also the flair of the narrowish hulls add to this effect while giving good topside height to ensure a high bridgedeck clearance (0.95m), avoiding the customary cat slap as you bash to windward. Low aspect keels are designed for beaching the LW45 while protecting the saildrives and composite shafted rudders. For extra grunt to windward an optional portside hull dagger board can be specified, again showing the customisation available from Lightwave. Hull construction is GRP-foam sandwich with biaxial glass over Divinycel closed foam core, which is vacuum-bagged and hand-laid to ensure lightness and quality. Modified epoxy resin is used below the waterline to prevent osmosis and polyester resin above. Bulkheads are foam cored, sandwich construction. The bulkhead between engine room and hull accommodation is fully sealed to prevent fumes and this is a cavernous area with good access to the 40hp Volvos, downgraded in size by the owner to save weight.

Sailing on a bumpy Moreton Bay
Motoring out from Cleveland into a steep chop on Moreton Bay I stood at the helm as the spray flew over the bows, managing 8.4kts with the Volvo 40hp’s flatchat at 3,000 revs. “At 6kts I’d expect to have a 1,600 mile range,” commented Wayne, who plans long-term cruising with his wife. Swinging the hulls to face the growing southerly wind, the electric Harkens were switched into action to hoist the fully battened mainsail, all done from the binnacle, and then the genoa was unfurled as we set off towards Coochiemudlo Island in the growing swell. At the helm I remained dry and comfortable, and noted that there was no apparent wave slap from between the hulls despite the metre high swells. Trimming required merely pressing the dashboard button for each sail and being able to see all round boosted my confidence at the helm, which felt a wee bit heavy but nevertheless gave plenty feel. Tacking was done without dramas – I ensured to maintain plenty speed to push the hulls through the swells as we changed direction. With the wind rising above 25kts, I noted 9kts SOG before it was time to put a reef in; and using the two Harkens on the binnacle, this was done without fuss. Off the wind on our way back to port at 60° we smoothly glided along over the swells at 10.2kts while Roger and I flattened the mainsail to lighten the helm before reaching the sheltered entrance to complete a very enjoyable day on the Maestro. Undoubtedly and interesting Australian made and designed catamaran which is definitely worth a look when visiting the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

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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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