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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, […]
Lightwave 47 MS
LIGHTWAVE Grandé Series genuine Motor Sailer LAMENTABLE IS THE REALITY THAT MOST MANUFACTURER CLAIMS OF A GENUINE ‘POWER catamaran’ version within their range have historically been met with suspicion and contempt by potential clients. A ‘motor sailer’ version creates even more dubiety; as such it is ironically satisfying then when a manufacturer such as Lightwave […]
Lightwaves Cruise in Company: Guy Chester, EcoSustainAbility, Rally Organiser Photos supplied by Guy Chester & Rob Robson Louisiades Rally for 2009!2009! The Louisiades Yacht Rally will be held again in 2009. After a very successful inaugural Rally last year both the yachties and locals are getting ready for this year’s event. The Islands and People […]
Premier ONE DESIGN fleet racing EXTREME sailing with comfort included Congratulations to Rob of Perth, W.A., owner of PEARL Raider, delivered after being displayed at the ’08 C.M. Mandurah Boat Show This 30′ demountable sports cat offers the most exciting experience creating a spectacular sight. A proven Offshore and Fleet Racer, the crew of four […]
The need for speed The production multihull industry in Australia is deservedly proud of its ability to build excellent products at fair prices. I strongly believe that we have some of the best production builders in the world. Of course we also have access to some of the best designers and custom builders as well. […]
LIGHTWAVE YACHTS VOLVO PENTA ROAMING REGATTA08 This three day extravaganza, was the fifth Annual Regatta Lightwave Yachts has hosted since 2004. Extreme weather conditions didn’t dampen the high spirits of the Lightwave Owners and their Guests who braved blustery, wet weather over most of the Event time. The format for this year’s Regatta was for […]
Cruising the kimberley coast The Kimberley coast has become extremely popular with cruisers out of Darwin and also those travelling up the west coast from Perth and Fremantle. The number of boats visiting the area is certainly on the increase and quite a few tour boats take people in there now as well. The coastline […]
Lightwave 40 PC
Lightwave 40 Cruising under sail is a pleasant way to go, but when the wind drops, on go the engines. Review by Kevan Wolf. Most yachties will tell you that when they are cruising they spend about 70 to 80 per cent of their time on the motor. This is why power catamarans have become […]
Lightwave 45
Around the World Peter and Penny Faulkner, LW45 Innforapenny II The dream was always to sail around the world and although I have had some experience coastal sailing along the east coast of Australia and in Western Europe the thought of a circumnavigation was a little daunting. On discovering that you could join an around […]
Owner Ken French, comments on “Crossing to the Dark Side” after being a keen mono sailor all his life, and also recounts his experiences with buying an ex-charter Lightwave 38′ Sailing Catamaran… I think a lot of our family, friends and sailing mates were shocked when we told them we were going to buy a […]
Lightwave 46 PC
Why buy a LIGHTWAVE an Owner’s Perspective…by Robyn Jefferies, FLASHDANCER, LIGHTWAVE POWERCAT 46’ Why buy POWER not SAIL? There are a lot of yachties or prospective yachties who would be more suited to a power vessel than a yacht. Advantages include: Getting to your destination quicker and more refreshed, this is definitely an advantage for […]
SNEAK PEAK taking shape at the LWY factory Super Size The Lightwave 45′ Grande’ offers a cat focused on supreme comfort with a larger saloon and cockpit, whilst still offering responsive performance. Layout options include 3 or 4 cabins, two or four bathroom layout; and optional galley up. Having already secured orders prerelease, and the […]
Lightwave 45
South to Sydney by Andrew Crawford I am a strong supporter of the Australian Multihull Industry, be it small project builders, designers or large scale commercial production enterprises. I support the industry because it deserves it. By and large, Australia produces some of the finest multihulls in their class. ONE company I have watched with […]
Lightwave 38
A great custom to have Lightwave has revamped the popular 38 with options suited to the cruising, charter and weekend sailor markets, reports Roger Priest. The hardest thing about buying a new 38 from Lightwave is the plethora of buyer choices. To make things a little easier for you, Lightwave offers four basic layouts and […]
Lightwave 46 PC
Lightwave Superstar At first sight the Lightwave 46’ Powercat exudes a flair of powerful dynamism. Sporting a finer hull shape, the piecing power efficient bulbs slice through the water at level trim, leaving bows dry, and no stern drag. The re-engineered hulls and sharp bows deliver peak performance, enhancing stability, safety and speed. The new […]
Lightwave 45
Elegant, efficient and seakindly were among the must-haves in the design brief for the new Lightwave 45. How well does it achieve them? Caroline Strainig reports on the latest offering from the Gold Coast-based Lightwave stable. When it comes to catamarans, there’s one name that springs immediately to mind when you start talking Australian designers: […]
Lightwave owners regatta This year the Lightwave extended family held their regatta over a the Labour Day long weekend in Queensland. The format was for a get together and briefing on Friday night at the Southport Yacht Club, a race on Saturday leading into a beach barbie on Saturday night with an overnight stop at […]
Lightwave Regatta Lightwave Yachts on the Gold Coast, if you didn’t already know produce a fine production sailing catamaran, as well as a powercat. Nathan and Roger and the team are amongst the friendliest crew around and are proud of their success in converting Tony Grainger’s design into an exceptional sailing boat. TO celebrate that […]
Lightwave 38
Lightwave, Last edition I wrote of a short sail on a Lightwave 38 Sonja and I recently had the opportunity to have a longer trip, spending an entire weekend on the boat in an around the Gold Coast. I thought it might be interesting to further review the vessel from ‘the crew’s perspective’ so it’s […]
Lightwave 38
THE Lightwave 38 was on display at the Sanctuary Cove Boat show. Since then I have had the opportunity to test sail the vessel in the Southport area. Nathan, from Overall Stanton Yachts was demonstrating the boat to two couples who were interested purchasers. I am advised that one of the couples has ordered a […]
Lightwave 35
OUR first open water passage in our Lightwave 10.5 catamaran would be from the Gold Coast to Hastings in Westernport Bay, Victoria. Over the past 10 months, our boat was a resident of the Hope Harbour Marina. Although we tried to take as many long weekends from our jobs in Melbourne to use Zig Zag, […]
The growth of multihulls in Australia and indeed the world has certainly brought these boats and their designs to the fore in multihull boat production, not to be denied is the Grainger designed Lightwave 10.5, built by Overell Stanton Yachts on the Gold Coast. So it was we were greeted on a typical winter’s day […]

Multihull World Magazine. LW38 commissioned to be built 2014


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 choices can be difficult. This article is about what led us to commission Lightwave Yachts to build us a Lightwave 38 catamaran, the perfect choice for ourselves and our situation.

Choosing a boat should always start by precisely defining what you most want the boat for, and will indeed frequently use it for. If your requirement is to host an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style rowing competition in an Olympic swimming pool, a little rowboat with obligatory holes drilled in the bottom will suffice. Our purpose is somewhat different. Having lived aboard in the same marina now for four and a half years, it always amazes me how infrequently some boats ever leave the marina, or even get used for any purpose at all. We wanted to be certain to buy a boat that is easy to manage and perfectly suited to our needs.

So what do we want a cruising catamaran for? Naomi and I started our sailing days together sailing and racing a Nacra beach catamaran in South East Queensland in 1999. While we loved the speed and exhilaration of flying a hull while sailing and racing Nacras, we also really enjoyed being able to take friends and family out for a casual sail to share the experience. It was around this time that we first became interested in cruising catamarans after coming across the first review of the Lightwave 10.5 in Multihull World magazine in 1999. We also became a little interested in the rather foreign idea of living aboard (well at least to our families). We were very excited to see and inspect a Lightwave catamaran for the first time at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in 2000. Of all the boats we looked at, we personally found the styling of this boat very striking, and in a sense the curved styling and symmetric hulls were like an oversized Nacra that looked fast as well. Given that we were only just married and I was still completing university, we put a liveaboard catamaran into the long-term wishlist basket at the time. This did not dissuade us from setting in motion a plan to see us eventually find ourselves on a cruising catamaran for a home. To test the waters regarding living aboard, we bought a 36’ Jeanneau monohull as our first liveaboard boat in 2008. We have since lived on this in Townsville. We have also had the opportunity to cruise with family and friends to the Palm Isles, Hinchinbrook Island and the Whitsundays, not to mention frequently visiting Magnetic Island in our back yard. The primary purpose for our present boat, and its successor is for it to be a long-term liveaboard home, with frequent use on weekends, and for short or longer coastal cruises. Eventually, we would also like to embark on the occasional cruise to Vanuatu, New Caledonia or New Zealand.

For our transition to a cruising multihull, we chose to have a Lightwave 38 built by Roger and Louise Overell, of Lightwave Yachts on the Gold Coast. There are many reasons as to why we arrived at that decision, but the following stand out the most.

Safety: Safety is a number one priority for both ourselves and the family and friends we take sailing. We believe there are some inherent attributes of cruising catamarans that lead to improved safety, but these details are beyond the scope of this article. Some features specific to the LW38 that we were impressed with are the strong monocoque foamsandwich construction with watertight compartments built into the bow, keel and stern sections. This aspect alone gives us the confidence that if a collision with debris and subsequent holing were to occur while sailing at night, you wouldn’t necessarily be looking to abandon to a liferaft. We have also opted for an emergency re-entry hatch in the unlikely event of capsize. Although dependent on the style of sailing you wish to undertake, we believe these are an important safety feature for offshore or long coastal passages. Not to have one is akin to not having a fire extinguisher. No one ever means to capsize, just like no one ever means for their boat to catch fire.

Protection from the elements: While we all love to get outdoors and get a bitof sunshine, living in the tropics means a lot of the time that you spend sailing you are trying to avoid the sun. We really liked the Lightwave 2010 Forte revisions that extended the coachroof to provide more sun protection for the cockpit area. This will also prove very comfortable while sailing through tropical downpours.

Durable Interior furnishings: Living aboard a yacht full-time places significantly more demands on the interior of a boat than weekend trips or occasional coastal cruises. The high quality, durable and low-maintenance furnishings that are present in the Lightwave catamarans will be superb in this regard. The moulded furniture finished off with our selected Rosewood cupboards and trims, and two-pack paint throughout will be very easy to keep clean and maintain.

Live-aboard amenities: We have specifically sought to install a Raritan Marine Elegance toilet together with a large 165 litre holding tank. Although it only gets used when we go sailing, we have been completely satisfied with the Raritan Marine Elegance toilet that we installed on our present boat four years ago. In fact, it only once got blocked with calcification after we had run it on salt water for about a month while cruising in the Whitsundays. With a larger holding tank, our hope is to reduce the need for middle of the night walks to the amenities block while living in a marina. It will also mean that we can stay for longer periods while cruising or anchoring in protected nil discharge areas.

Australian made: I believe there is good value in getting a high quality Australian made catamaran. Not only can you have the finer details of the boat customised to your liking, but you have the local support of a company that takes immense pride in their workmanship and is supporting Australian jobs. Buying a boat is vastly different to purchasing a production line car with units produced in the tens of thousands. We think it is important to have the ongoing support of a local manufacturer who is not just selling you a boat, but providing you with an experience.

Built-in 88-key Digital Piano: Yes, one of our key requirements. This brings us to the topic of semi-customised production boatbuilding and personal preferences.

Personal Preferences: With boat design there is always compromise, but with the semi-custom boat building philosophy employed by Lightwave Yachts we found this can be minimised. Like most manufacturers, Lightwave offer a number of internal layouts to choose from, but in addition to this they can add personal customisations to suit your needs. In this way, you get a well regarded and well proven production catamaran that is customised to your liking. We have always wanted/needed to be able to fit a relatively large 88-key Digital Piano on our boat (which looks rather odd taking up the entire portside of the saloon in our Jeanneau when not sailing). Not only are Roger and Louise able to accommodate our wish and add it to our options list, we aren’t the first to have this having seen a similar installation aboard the LW45 Skedaddle in Townsville. Without this customisation, our only other option would have been to consider a custom made catamaran, or to modify a production catamaran with extensive and costly remodelling to fit in a piano. Similarly, we really liked the appearance of the entertainment unit and saloon on the Robinson Cruises’ Lightwave 38 Axis Munde and will opt for this also. The flexible and modular nature of the build method makes this possible.

We get the feeling that Roger and Lightwave Yachts are artisans and enjoy crafting a solution that is just right for the owner. Before our boat is due to start construction we will need to incorporate a few more customisations yet, most notably the inclusion of a nursery in one of the cabins.

Some defining moments along the path we have followed: As it took 12 years from the time we first saw a Lightwave to the time we signed up for our own, we have had many experiences along the way that have ultimately affirmed our decision. We have also had ample time to consider and evaluate every alternative cruising catamaran on the market that might have been suitable for our purposes.

Although not as thorough as embarking on a coastal passage, perhaps one of the best available tools for evaluating a boat was to charter one. Yes, there are limitations as to what conditions you can experience, but our five night charter aboard a CumberlandCharter Yachts Lightwave 38 in the Whitsundays in 2009 demonstrated to us the capabilities of the boat and gave us a fantastic platform to undertake some amazing sc uba diving right off the back of the cat in Butterfly Bay and Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island. With just the two of us onboard to sail the boat, we found the Lightwave very easy to sail, moor and anchor. The most remarkable thing to us was how easy it was to manoeuvre a catamaran under motor for picking up moorings in confined settings (with coral close by) or navigating around marinas. We must finally point out that our decision has also been influenced by how helpful Louise and Roger have been in assisting our enquiries and answering our many questions over recent years.

Patience is the only word for it. It is not a decision we have made lightly, but a carefully considered and planned one that will see us with our tailor made Lightwave catamaran to be enjoyed for many years to come.

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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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