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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 […]
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. LW45′ Round the World Rally


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 the world rally it all seem so much easier, with it support network, established routes and stopovers and always knowing there was someone reasonable close by to help if required.

“We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore ”

THE RALLY is a bi annual event that is organised by an UK company Blue Water Rallies.

The sixth world rally started from Gibraltar in October 2005 and proceeded across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific. Visiting Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga and Fiji before arriving in Cairns in August 2006 where we joined the rally to complete the second half of the circumnavigation with them.

On arrival in Australia there were 25 boats ranging in size and type. Hallberg Rassy was well represented from the smallest boat in the fleet, a Hallberg Rassy 352, to the largest a Hallberg Rassy 62, owned and skippered by the boat builder himself Christoph Rassy. The average length of the boats was 14.5m and in the case of the multi hulls there were three – a Catana 15.7m, Outremer 45 and a French designed steel constructed 13.7m catamaran.

Joining in Cairns and Darwin for the OZ-Med part of the Rally were three other boats – Dave and Jenny from Sydney in a Taswell 17.8m, Richard and Nancy from the USA in a Shearwater 39 and of course ourselves in our Lightwave 45.

The first part of the journey from Cairns to Darwin was reasonably straight forward, mainly because we had the security of still being in Australian waters. The sailing was excellent with the strong south-easterly winds pushing us quickly up to Cape York and around to Darwin.

At the beginning of October we left Australian waters and headed for Indonesia, checking in at Kupang at the bottom of West Timor. There wasn’t a breath of wind for the 500 mile trip and we had to motor all the way. This tended to set the pattern for our sailing or lack of until we got to Phuket in Thailand. Due to the difficulty in getting good diesel in Indonesia, the biggest problem for the fleet was carrying enough fuel. It often involved taking your 20lt cans to a local village and getting them filled up from the local service station. Fortunately with our 1200 litre fuel capacity and excellent fuel economy there was little problem. I think we were the only boat in the entire fleet that didn’t carry extra fuel cans or had to fuel up between Darwin and Bali.

Even though the sailing was very ordinary we had a wonderful time exploring the islands of Indonesia. We visited the Spice Islands, Bali, Lombok, we saw the Komodo dragons in Rinca and the Orang Utangs in Borneo. Finally after two months it was good to get some good western R and R in Singapore, before heading up the Malacca Straights to Langkawi and Thailand for Christmas.

We had a lovely time exploring the islands off Phuket and certainly Malaysia and Thailand are two places worth coming back to visit. Anyway on January 2 we finally said goodbye to Thailand and headed for Sri Lanka. Here we experienced our best sailing to date the 1100 miles were done in less than six days. We could have done it in five, but we had to slow down as we didn’t want to arrive in the middle of the night at Gale harbour. Most days we were achieving 200 Plus miles. During one period we managed to keep the cruising spinnaker flying for 48 hours, doing eight to nine knots on a broad beam reach with 12kts of breeze – fantastic sailing.

After spending three weeks exploring Sri Lanka we were off again for some more exhilarating sailing heading 1000 miles to the Maldives. Here we spent our time exploring the two atolls north and south of Mele, where we experienced some excellent diving and first class tourist resorts.

The next part of the journey to the Gulf of Aden and the start of the Red Sea was the most daunting. The waters between Somalia and Aden are known as Pirate Ally and in recent years there have been several reported attacks on cruising boats. The rally organised us into groups, relating to speed, of five to six boats and each group met at a pre determined point about 1000 miles from Djibouti, our port of entry and traveled in convoy maintaining strict radio contact and only communicating by sat phone. Fortunately all the rally boats got through unscathed although one of the groups did experience an incident that could have easily turned nasty when the slowest boat in the group was buzzed by a group of unfriendly men in a fast RIB, but luckily the coalition navy was at hand who intervened and saved the day.

The Red Sea is 1400 miles long, but only 200 miles wide and the prevailing wind are north westerly. This tends to give rise to disproportionate steep seas. Added to that the occasional sand storm, an extremely busy seaway and being surrounded by politically volatile countries it certainly doesn’t make for hassle free sailing. The first part went well with the southerly winds holding until we got to Sudan and then the northerlies kicked in and blew constantly for weeks. Your options are either to shelter in the Marsas, natural bays along the coast formed by sand spits, or bash straight into it. After 10 days sheltering we decided to take the later approach. Here the Lightwave seem to perform better than most as we pulled the sails down and motored straight into it. Although uncomfortable we seem to get to Port Ghalib in Egypt a lot quicker than the mono’s who had to motor sail all the way and spend a couple of extra nights out in the trying conditions.

We stayed in Egypt for four weeks, visiting the Nile Valley and of course the pyramids in Cairo and then headed for Suez and then the Mediterranean. After a brief diversion due to weather, we headed for Israel. We finally arrived in Crete for the Greek Orthodox Easter and the many organised parties put on by the rally.

We decided against going to Gibraltar the final port of the rally and headed for the cruising grounds of Greece and Turkey instead. We intend to spend two years in the Mediterranean before picking up the next world rally to complete the circumnavigation.

During the whole 10 months we were away, we didn’t experience any winds greater than 35kts except for a couple of gust to 40kts. Probably worst conditions we experienced were in the Red Sea and then in the Mediterranean during the first week of April. I’m not saying it was all plane sailing as we did have our stressful moments. Probably to the worst was hitting a fishing net in the middle of the Indian Ocean during a very dark night, but fortunately we were saved by our son Richard who was with us at the time who donned the scuba gear and dived to free the propeller.

The biggest problem with all the rally boats has to be equipment failure, which happened, at one time or other to all the boats. It only becomes major if you haven’t got the spares or the know how to fix it. This is where the rally came into its own as there was always some one within the group who you could turn too. Many a time a dangerous situation was diverted with the intervention of another rally boat.

All in all the Lightwave performed magnificently and was an ideal boat for this type of tropical cruising. Although I’m a little bias, I felt the multihull was a much better choice for long term cruising it has more useable cockpit space, which gives a safe and secure platform for long passages and an excellent party platform when in port. Better accommodation layout and of course in most cases better performance. The Lightwave was one of the fastest boats in the fleet and with our large fuel tanks gave us a motoring range of over 1500 miles. I think a lot of the die hard mono sailors on the trip are now seriously concidering changing camps.

We are often asked what the best part of the trip to date has been – which is difficult to answer as each place was so different. Probably we will remember Sri Lanka for its friendly people, Maldives for the diving, Malaysia and Singapore for the food, Borneo for the trip up into the jungle – but the thing that both Penny and I will remember is the amazing group of people we met on the rally and fun and fellowship with them over the 10 months we were together and the life long friendships that we have made.

I would certainly recommend the rally to any one as I pointed out at the farewell dinner in Crete “without the rally we would never have had left Australia”.

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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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