The Lightwave 38 is a coastal blue water classic, renowned for combining impressive sailing performance and luxurious comfort in a sleek, stylish catamaran that will take you safely to the place of your dreams.
The Lightwave 38 is spacious and airy, functional and safe, and easily handled by two. Featuring full headroom throughout there is a variety of two, three or four cabin layouts to choose from including options of Galley Up; an optional Full Forward Ensuite with separate shower and toilet areas; the Master Aft Cabin option features a viewing window in the hull and offers a low height island style queen bed; and an end mounting bed configuration is also available in the port forward cabin.
Launched originally in 2002, the Lightwave 38 is the most refined Lightwave design. It was re-released as updated models in 2006 and 2010.
|Beam – Maximum||6.67m||21’10”|
|Head Room (Saloon)||1.95m||6’4”|
|Head Room (Hulls)||2.00m||6’6”|
|Displacement – Light Ship||5000kg||11 023lb|
|Max. Disp. D.W.L||6500kg||14 300lb|
|Fuel Capacity – normal capacity||250lt||55 GB gal. – 66 US gal.|
|Fresh Water Capacity||500lt||110 GB gal. – 132 US gal.|
|Diesel Engines||2 x 29hp Yanmar or Volvo Penta|
|Propulsion||Twin 3 blade folding propellers on sail drive legs|
|Maximum Speed – Motoring||3000 r.p.m||9.5 knots|
|Cruising Speed – Motoring||2500 r.p.m||7.5 knots|
|Sail Areas – Main Sail||47m2||514 sq ft|
|Self Tacking Jib||20m2||224 sq ft|
|Overlapping: Genoa (Optional)||29m2||319 sq ft|
|Spinnaker (Optional)||106m2||1 141 sq ft|
|Screecher (Optional)||47m2||514 sq ft|
|Maximum Speed||16 knots plus|
|Standard 3 cabin layout||Standard 3 cabin layout|
|Length to Beam Ratio (for each hull)||10.8:1|
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.
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.
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.
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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