In the year of 2021, Lightwave Yachts celebrated 25 years of hand crafting prestige sailing catamarans. To celebrate this silver anniversary, the flagship model Lightwave 45 was relaunched with countless hours of experience and refinement incorporated, to once again be the best blue water sailing catamaran in its class.
With a host of upgrades incorporated into the updated design, an extra foot was added to the 45’ design with new reverse bows, and the design re-branded as the Lightwave 46 Australis.
The new Lightwave 46 model features a new look inside & out, incorporating modern looks and styling into the boat whilst maintaining the original features that created this model’s success. Wave piecing reversed bows, new cockpit roof lines and re-styled windows have been incorporated to achieve an enhanced sleek appeal. The new model will include the proven, exceptional features of the original Lightwave 46 which can be found on the main LW46 page.
The Lightwave 45 comes standard with 800L of fresh water tanks made from suitable grade fibreglass, which are built in the hull. Twin pump systems are provided on the 45 creating two completely separate systems for both the tanks in the case of a single failure. A water transfer line is also built into the system to allow water to travel between either tank. A water catchment system is offered with the 45 to collect fresh water off the large cockpit hardtop.
Fresh water vacuum toilets are provided on the 45 to eliminate the stale salt water smell whilst using minimal water usage. A saltwater system is also fitted to the model to allow an anchor wash, salt water tap in the galley and hose in the cockpit.
The Lightwave 45 is designed for self-sufficient blue water cruising. From standard, the 45 comes with 250 watts of flexible walk on solar panels, with the option to upgrade this up to a 1000-watt system which is very common on this model. 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 540Ah lithium-ion battery bank. All installed electrical components on the Lightwave 45 are carefully selected to ensure a minimum power consumption is achieved. Lightwave also provides 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 accessible and traceable with minimal disruption to the boats systems. All systems that has been installed on the 45 have been refined through every Lightwave built with continual improvement.
The Lightwave 45 offers external engine rooms allowing for a very safe and easy access. The engine rooms are very spacious and allow plenty of room around the accommodated engine for servicing and maintenance. All steering components as well as the generator are also located in the engine room, positioned in areas easily accessed for maintenance. The engine rooms are separated from the accommodation area from a bulkhead which is 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.
The line system on the Lightwave 45 has been designed so all lines are organised and accessible from an area where the sails can be easily observed. Lines are all lead to the cockpit on the 45 and travel under serviceable fibreglass boards which not only keep the lines organised, but also remove the possible tripping hazard. Hanging points are provided creating a neat and organised place for line tails to be stored. Anderson winches and Ronstan deck gear are featured throughout the deck on the Lightwave 45, optional electric winches are also available. A bridal main sheet system is used to eliminate the dangers of a traveller car system traditionally used on catamarans.
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