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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 […]

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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 boat and the other couple are keenly interested. Two of the industry’s most delightful people, Nathan Stanton and Roger Overell are behind the company and it is always pleasant to spend time talking multihulls with them. The 38’s are beautifully designed (Tony Grainger) and incredibly well built. I also had the opportunity to look through the factory and see some boats in various stages of production.

Please note, my boat reviews are not written in the checklist style, i.e. I do not attempt to list the facilities and features. Lightwave has an excellent web site where you can obtain specifications and fitting details. See https://www.lightwaveyachts.com/lw/ . What I am sharing is a little more esoteric, the vibe of the thing (to quote from the movie, The Castle).

And so to the sail. We departed Hope Harbour Marina on a beautiful day, light winds, but that’s not a bad thing when you are testing a boat. Most boats will sail okay in 15 knots, it’s light winds that really test a catamaran’s performance. Of course heavy weather is a different sort of challenge, but when I am sailing on a new boat I always look forward to seeing how it handles the light air.

The boat is rigged in a fairly straightforward fashion, large main, small self tacking jib and a reacher on a soft furler. This sort of rig is appearing more and more as a standard for a performance cruising cat. Under sail I must admit to some surprise; these boats are strongly built, and do not lack in comfort or fitting so I was expecting some performance trade off, but in the lightest of breezes the 38 lifted to the wind. What really impressed was the manner in which the boat tacked. In slight wind with about two knots of boat speed tacking was a matter of swinging the wheel, no sheets no mucking about. The included angle for tack was fairly impressive, I didn’t have access to instrumentation but visually the tacks were very positive.

The furler based reacher is certainly worth having. It allows for a boost in horsepower in light breezes and is fairly easy to manage. My personal view is that the ideal mix for cruising boat is the rig that the Lightwave had, coupled with a symmetrical spinnaker for downwind slides.

As would be expected from a boat of this size and style it was extremely comfortable to sail. It is obviously the product of good design and good engineering. I had a feeling of ‘oneness’ about the boat. It is a bit difficult to explain but I was left with a view that the designer understood the builder and vice versa, this great state of affairs doesn’t always happen and can be a casualty in a production boat-building environment. The design has managed to include significant bridge deck clearance in what is a relatively short boat whilst maintaining a style and grace the causes the boat to draw admiring glances. The layout was extremely workable with a tendency for things to be naturally where I went looking for them, e.g. when manoeuvring under power I didn’t look for the engine controls I just put my hand where they should be and they were there. Achieving such synergy between a boat and its human occupants is not easy to achieve. Clearly, thought has gone into the layout to reflect real world operation. And speaking of manoeuvring under power, it was extremely easy, on return to the berth we had to stop and back up and into a vacant area to allow another boat out and it was confidence inspiring stuff. Most stress, at least for me, in sailing comes from berthing. I would be very confident in this, and indeed any cat with well placed motors and effective rudders.

I am not sure about the canopy cover over the helm position from an aesthetics point of view, but I can see huge advantages for it from a cruising operation standpoint. Briefly, the cockpit roof over the helm seat has been, in effect raised by a metre or so to allow for shade at helm. The canopy has the facility for clear covers to be attached and I can certainly see that they would be welcome on those occasions where steering the boat in foul weather was called for. In any event it’s a personal call and Overell Stanton are flexible enough to meet their customers needs in areas such as this.

The prospective buyers were also impressed with the boat. One couple, from Broome, had researched their requirements well over the web and had all but settled on the Lightwave. The test sail confirmed their view and they placed an order soon after the sail. The other couple were equally impressed but were continuing to explore options, though it won’t surprise me to hear they have placed an order in the near future. All four commented on similar attributes of the boat, easy to sail, well built, surprisingly efficient in light airs, great layout and a feeling of confidence in the boat.

As a value for money production boat it has a lot going for it. They are not cheap but certainly competitive. I would never want a cheap boat, just a good value one, and this certainly is when compared to other production boats in the market. As usual I did a quick scan of the net overseas and for more money in the USA you end up with a lot less boat, in terms of quality and efficiency. Of course Roger and Nathan offer an overseas purchaser support either direct or through their agents. If you are reading this in other parts of the world then contact Lightwave via their website and they will explain the details.

On a personal note I could easily see myself skippering one of these vessels. Sonja and I were both ‘at home’ on the boat immediately and that is a sign of a good design. This is interesting given that my personal parameters usually include daggerboards and outboards, but this boat works so well that I could stand back and objectively assess how the boat would fit with our overall rather than specific requirements. Lightwave also offer a charter boat availability so you can try before you buy.

In terms of the building side of the operation again I came away impressed. The production facility at Coomera is large and allows for a number of boats to be in production at the same time. Nathan and Roger have had the same group of people working with them since their inception and that makes for a very positive effect on the finished product. I understand that they are up to about boat 27, certainly the product has a wealth of experience behind it and has benefited from evolution through usage.

What was interesting was viewing a number of boats under construction and seeing some individual differences in terms of interior layout. My personal preference is for galley down and a nav area on the bridgedeck. One of the boats had a very effective utilisation of space in that regard. Lightwave’s recent newsletter includes photos of this layout.

It’s an operational environment and accordingly whilst I am sure intending clients would be welcome, there is a need to manage interest so as not to interfere with production and to adhere to workplace health and safety requirements and you would be wise not to just turn up but discuss your interest with Nathan or Roger first.

The Lightwave 38 is a well designed boat that has been well built and has plenty of sea miles behind it. If you are in the market for a mid size production cat then I certainly would recommend considering the 38. It has carved its own market niche and is not in competition with other products like the Perry 43, another excellent locally built boat, rather it complements it and offers a product in a slightly smaller size and price range.

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