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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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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’ catamaran. The answer is a resounding “no” which often surprises many, especially as we come from different parts of Australia with one couple from Victoria, two couples from New South Wales and one couple from Western Australia.

Louise Overell from Lightwave saw the opportunity to put the syndicate together after she had a number of enquiries from like-minded individuals. We think she must have stirred in a little magic when she handed one of us a bone (fake doggie bone) to gnaw over the idea after our initial meeting during a test sail a new LW45 Grande’ on Sydney harbour.

So how does the syndicate work and what makes it a success?

There’s no doubt we got off on a good footing with lots of support from Lightwave who had been through the process before. A level of professionalism on our part helped as well. We held an AGM, appointed officers and kept formal records of agreements and discussions. At Lightwave’s suggestion, we put together a Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOP), drawing on the experience of others. Email connected us when regular meetings were not possible.

The financial benefits owning a 45’ luxury catamaran with only a quarter of the price tag are very clear. With all the maintenance costs, fuel and pen fees being shared, the annual pain of expenditure is eased considerably. We also recognised that since we were not going to live on board permanently, a boat of our own would have lots of down-time.

To the contrary Blue Spirit is used everyday. One syndicate member flies in as the other leaves. This means the boat is always in action and syndicate members ensure the boat is left in good condition at the end of their three to six week sail. This results in maintenance issues being attended to quickly and efficiently. Change-over night is a time of great companionship when we meet to tell a tall tale or two and pass on any new developments on the boat.

As a boat without a home, Blue Spirit roams according to our predetermined sail plan for the year. This year we have cruised as far north as Lizard Island and Bligh’s Boat Passage. Next year we have the bigger adventure of New Caledonia and New Zealand firmly in our sights.

Many enjoyable months were spent planning Blue Spirit with the help of Roger Overell and his very skilled team at Lightwave. Common agreement was found easily on most items. Each syndicate member played a role researching, investigating new gear and purchasing part of the equipment.

We love the layout on Blue Spirit. The cooks amongst us love the ‘galley-down’ with its large windows that give it a light and open feel. The reduced height at the back of the starboard saloon seating allows for good visual presence from the saloon into the galley. You never feel left out, nor is the galley in the way of the main entertaining areas. The three cabins with queen size beds on Blue Spirit have proved very workable and comfortable. The third cabin breaks down into two singles and the lounge seat on the transom makes a more than attractive bed when we sail with six or even eight on board. It gives us great flexibility with older kids on board.

Although we constantly remind ourselves the objective is to cruise and ‘smell the roses’ Airlie Beach Race week provided us with the opportunity to ‘see what she could do’. We didn’t officially enter the racing but we tagged along for a few days enjoying the spectacle and occasionally, just occasionally, testing our speed and pointing ability against the fleet. It was great fun.

We found that unlike racing monohulls, it was best to let the autopilot steer the boat as there is very little ‘feel’ in the helm. This worked well both on and off the wind. We are still experimenting with downwind sailing angles but in general we sailed at least 10° off directly downwind and as much as 15°. If the boom was more than about 10° outboard of being directly above the leeward mainsheet fairlead we used a handy-billy to prevent the boom rising and the leech twisting off, reducing power.

Upwind, we always used the daggerboard. We feel it probably lifted us by four to six degrees. The guys found the boat was slowish out of the tacks, but once again it’s all relative to their experience in smaller, more agile monos. The trick was to sail a smidge broad, building up speed again for a few seconds before hardening on the last two or three inches of sheet and picking up the last five degrees or so. We got much better at it the more we raced. It all comes back to getting to know your boat.

For the petrol heads, our top speed was 16.5kts. We regularly achieved 8-9.5kts working into the 15-18kt breeze. It seems Blue Spirit can point as well as 95% of monos, but we’ve found it better to go disproportionately faster by easing down just a smidge. She achieved 12-14kts consistently off the wind – fantastically enjoyable.

At Airlie we kept well out of the way of the starts and never actually crossed the finish line to ensure that we were not in the way. On several days we were distracted answering the call of a cold, crisp Reisling and stopped in a beautiful bay along the way. Blue Spirit’s fridge set up, with double drawers in the galley, freezer under the helm and an ample drinks fridge under one of the cockpit seats, is fantastic. We wouldn’t want to run out of chilled refreshments! After all she’s a cruiser not a racer we remind ourselves. Despite this, to our delight we found that Blue Spirit could be a pretty serious contender and that we could point and foot with the fastest boats in the various divisions.

So what makes the syndicate work?Part of it is very obviously having individuals at the same stage in life, retired or on the brink of retirement, with children who are in their 20’s and 30’s. Our kids and grandkids, quite apart from giving us much common ground, also give us great pleasure when they share with our friends in the enjoyment of being on board.

Perhaps the greater part of what makes it work however is the chemistry between us and it is hard to describe the alchemy of the mix. In equal measure it is adventure, challenge, good food and wine, and a love of sailing. Oh, did I mention patience, tolerance, much give and take and a great sense of humour?

Eight months is undoubtedly ‘early days’ in what will be a three to five year partnership but through Blue Spirit we have all become firm friends. Already this beautiful Lightwave 45 Grande has provided us with the perfect vehicle for a spirited life on the blue.

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