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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 […]
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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 […]

Multihull World Magazine. LW35 Delivery Review article


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, we only accomplished five trips to use our new boat. Our first trip saw us married aboard the boat and a honeymoon of 10 days. It was glorious except that my mother-in-law had joined us from the 30 Multihull World United States. To this day I have not quite figured out how this happened.

We had another couple to crew with us on the trip and they arrived in early January right after the New Year celebrations. The southerlies were blowing at this time so we all took a few sails to familiarise the new crew with the boat. The facilities at Hope Harbour Marina are great and we took advantage of these while we waited for the northerlies to come in.

We were all anxious to get going. Our crew had commitments in two weeks and we wanted to reach Melbourne to wrap up the sale and transfer of the business and start cruising. Our plan was to start from Westernport Bay and go north as far as we could and then catch the northerlies back to the Gold Coast for the summer. It was to be our first cruising season and we were ready to begin.

The start of the trip was early Friday morning at 0400. We all had a quick breakfast and by 0500 we had cast off the lines and began to motor out to the Gold Coast Seaway. The predicted northerlies had not quite filled in and there was virtually no wind. The water was like glass as we glided along in the early morning hour. We ticked off the lights as we navigated our way down through the Broadwaters and finally at 0600 we exited the seaway and began the journey south.

The seas were a little lumpy from the southerly that had blown through earlier and we all were a little green for the first couple of shifts. Even our two British Shorthair cats (Lucy and Chester) were a little woozy. We had decided on four hour shifts between 0600 and 1800 and three hour shifts between 1800 and 0600. This would ensure that everyone rotated around the clock and good sleep would be had during the day.

With hardly any wind we motored for the first 10 hours but the predicted northerlies kicked in and we were sailing along at nine to 10 knots. Zig Zag had kicked up her skirts and was moving along nicely. It was a welcome relief not to be listening to the engines churn out the Saudia Arabian National Anthem.

The first night passage was a real treat for my wife who had no real sailing experience. Not knowing what to expect is a great worry and I remember my own first night passage as if it happened yesterday. No amount of reading can prepare you and after the second shift, you have learned more than you have ever read. Our shifts just happened to take in the sunset and sunrise and the first ones experienced on the open water were really special. I enjoyed the look in her eyes as we watched the sun descend over the land in the far horizon. At 10 miles out it was hard to pick up the line of the land and it looked like the sun was setting on the water. The sunrise the following morning was just as special as clouds turn pink when the rising sun extinguished the grey false dawn.

After sailing for 34 hours, we got caught in a southerly change that created conditions that led to the dreaded bashing. Our passage up to this point had been flawless. The GPS and autopilot were handling the task of steering Zig Zag with no problems. We were reduced to taking a fixed position every 30 minutes for something to do to break the monotony. However, this southerly change was more than we wanted to deal with so we turned around and ducked into Camden Haven. We had completed 228 miles in the first leg for an average of 6.7 knots. Not too shabby for the motorised start.

Camden Haven is a beautiful anchorage and we were lucky in crossing the bar as it was the fifth hour of the rising tide and very tame. We tied up to the pier in front of the local RSL, ate a quick lunch, and turned in for a nap. The plan was to have dinner at the RSL, turn in for an early evening and leave tomorrow on the rising tide if the southerly had blown itself out. Well, our crew was up and ready to leave at 1900 but we were still asleep and were loath to wake us. We actually slept all the way through the night and learned of the fabulous meal the following morning while we had breakfast.

That morning we checked out the weather on the BOM Internet site and saw that the southerly would blow itself out by noon and we would have another couple of days of northerlies. So we frittered away the morning and resumed our trek south at 1400. We passed over the bar with no problems and headed for the 100 fathom line. It was here that we were first visited by a small group of dolphins that played off the bows for almost 30 minutes. They tore from one bow to the other, leaping over each other as they tried to outdo each other’s antics. You could reach over the side and almost touch them! They were absolutely comical and we were sorry to see them leave.

That evening we were treated to a show of phosphoresce plankton off the bows and the stern of the boat for several hours until the moon rose. Unfortunately we had to lock up the cat Chester because he wanted to sit on the last step of the transom and watch the show. Regardless of how many times Chester was thrown back into the saloon, his curiosity got the better of him and he immediately returned to his precarious perch on the bottom step of the transom. We were scared that he would fall off and we would never find him in the inky black waters. The humans won this contest of the wills by locking up both cats in the spare stateroom for the evening.

The following day saw us approaching Sydney. We picked up a weather warning about an unexpected gale that was to bring winds over 100 kilometres an hour. We were ambling along at about four to five knots in light northeasterlies. After calculating our position and time to Sydney Heads, we discovered the iron spinnakers were needed to beat the approaching storm. We checked the fuel situation and had enough for the five hours it was going to take us to reach Sydney and beat the gale.

We entered through the Sydney Heads and headed directly for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. As we entered Rushcutters Bay, we found that there were no berths available. So we re-fuelled and tied up at the abandoned docks that were set up for the Olympics. It was eerie because we were the only ones there -except for a million seagulls. We tied down Zig Zag with several extra lines and almost on cue, the gale came ripping through. We clocked 53 knots across the bows on the wind gauge. We sat around and toasted our good fortune and watched as trees were bent over and dirt and trash flew everywhere. Here we had completed 192 miles in the second leg of the trip in just 27 hours averaging 7.1 knots. A small improvement from the first leg.

The next morning we caught the weather forecast and the strong wind warnings were to abate around noon. We went ashore for a newspaper and some light provisioning and cooked up some one-pot meals for consumption along the way. By midday we were out of the heads and moving south again. The seas were a little confused but not too uncomfortable as we pushed ever southwards. The winds were light and we motor sailed into the evening. Finally about 2200 the winds picked up and we were moving along at eight to nine knots through the night and into the next day.

The following day we continued to make very good progress down the coast. The trip was uneventful and we were absorbed in reading and watching the scenery go by. I was really surprised at how few ships we saw during the trip. The count to this stage was three and these (of course) were all during the night. During the afternoon, we rounded the corner of New South Wales and after a successful gybe, were on course for Wilsons Promontory.

The Bass Straight has a reputation for changing conditions and disregarding any weather model and predictions. We were to discover how true this was in the next 30 minutes as the winds shifted northeast to southwest and increased from 15 to 25 knots. The seas boiled up to three to four metres with a very short chop. A quick check with the local Coast Guard confirmed that these conditions would last at least for another six to eight hours. With the wind on the nose and the nasty seas, we decided that a tactical retreat back to Eden in New South Wales was in prompt order. So, we turned around and sailed two and a half hours back to Eden. We rafted up to a great big steel monohull at 1830 and decided to treat ourselves to a meal at the Fishermans Club at the top of heartbreak hill. Anyone who has been to Eden knows exactly what heartbreak hill is and for those who don’t, it is an experience waiting for you. We had just completed 212 miles of the third leg of the trip in 30.5 hours averaging 6.9 knots.

The following morning we shoved off at 0600 to a quite morning, calm seas and no wind. It was Friday and the seventh day of our trip down the coast. We had seen two new ports (Camden Haven and Eden) and had sailed into Sydney Harbour (which we had seen on numerous business trips). All of these were treats and it would have been nice to spend more time, but that was to happen on the return trip north when we were cruising. Now we had to push onwards to Westernport and finish the delivery trip.

By 1000 the winds had picked up to 20-25 knots and the swells had increased to three metres. We were surfing down the swells at 16 knots! After one particular swell, I looked over at my wife and she had a grin from ear to ear. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Wilsons Promontory grew on the horizon as the day wore on and we passed the southern lighthouse and Skull Rock with the seas and wind running together just off the starboard aft. This will be our first stop on the way back north and we soaked up every sight as we passed this beautiful World Heritage wilderness area. Then, we rounded the bottom of Wilsons Promontory and turned for Westernport Bay. The very conditions we raved about all afternoon long turned against us as the wind and swell were on the beam. This resulted in a very uncomfortable ride that lasted into the night and finally abated about 0200. Needless to say, no one got much rest that evening.

By 0400, the wind had completely died and we were reduced to motoring. Our calculations showed that we would reach Westernport Bay just as the tide was turning on its way out. So we knew we had a long hard slog in front of us. At 0530, we went up on deck to witness the entrance to Westernport Bay. We wanted to see first hand our new home for the next couple of weeks. The very first sight and nasal sensory perception was Seal Rocks. A truly horrid and wretched smell floated off that island. There is a thriving colony of seals and fairy penguins and the entire area is off limits to humans. You couldn’t pay me to go anywhere near there with that stench.

Just as we lined up on the markers to head up the channel, the wind kicked up right on our nose. So we got to fight both tide and wind and progress by the GPS revealed 2.5 knots. We had to struggle all the way there in these lovely conditions. We could see the marina at Hastings through the binoculars and it was frustrating moving along at a snail’s pace to the finish line.

We finally reached the marina and called in to announce our arrival. I had called the marina in early January to secure a berth and we were a day ahead of the date range I had given them. The marina graciously accepted us and Gary, the manager, came out in a runabout to guide us into the berth and catch our lines. What service!

By 0845 we had Zig Zag tied up and secure in her new berth. The final leg of the delivery was complete with 255 miles in 26.75 hours averaging 9.5 knots. This was to be our best effort for the entire trip and we had to motor the last 2-3 hours into the wind and fighting the tide! We were knackered and hungry! After getting checked in, we settled down to a great cooked breakfast at the marina cafe and followed this with a six hour nap.

We learned a lot about our new boat on this trip south. Zig Zag now has 900 miles under her belt and her owners are more confident of her abilities and their own. We can now focus on wrapping up our affairs and preparing for the cruise up north. What we didn’t know at that time was that our estimate of two weeks to wrap up our business would stretch into two months and that our greatest challenges were on the horizon. But that is another story for another day.

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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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