Lightwave yachts

Our Story


An insatiable passion

for developing the ultimate in luxury, pleasure, functional, blue water catamarans

Lightwave Yachts has long set the benchmark for multihull design and manufacturing, never compromising on quality, craftsmanship or innovation.

Founded in 1996, by Roger Overell, Managing Director, Lightwave Catamarans remains as the only Australian manufacturer of production cruising catamarans. Expertly creating one of a kind catamarans, Lightwave Yachts builds to order. Every Lightwave is personally crafted for each owner.

Lightwave Group Pty Ltd has produced over 80 luxury catamarans to date and have numerous ongoing composite manufacturing contracts. Lightwave Catamarans are renowned for superior craftsmanship and have become one of the most prestigious brands available Worldwide. By allowing for various choices in internal layouts and the opportunity for personal customisation, Lightwave Yachts fulfils our clients desire to have something truly exceptional – the ultimate cruising catamaran.

Family spirit is engaged and personalised service is delivered at Lightwave Yachts. Lightwave owners share a sense of adventure and wanderlust, and pride in their Lightwave ownership.

As a Lightwave owner you will be embraced as a special member of our extended family enjoying special privileges such as Lightwave Owners Regattas; joining a Lightwave Cruising Cluster to a popular remote cruising destination; or simply enjoying the opportunity to share tips, information and photos, on the Lightwave Owners Page. Prestigious ownership privileges include a 24/7 on-call service offered in addition to a reliable network of international suppliers of parts and equipment.

In 2007, Lightwave Yachts services were extended into Composite Manufacturing and Multihull servicing facilities. Lightwave Group Pty Ltd continue to grow and develop their composite manufacturing facility and capabilities, maintaining current major contracts works and sourcing new clients and projects. Recent works included the production of composite parts for 140 foot commercial ferry and a custom build carbon 8m trimaran.

Lightwave Yachts recently announced a new model: the Lightwave 55 Motor Yacht. This marks the beginning of a new era for Lightwave Yachts –  an entirely new design with luxurious space & impressive long range economy, developed with the best attributes of all prior Lightwave models.

Founder, Managing Director & Shipwright

Roger New Resize

Roger Overell

Roger is widely respected for his ingenuity of boat building and design and is highly regarded across many Industries for his business ethic and principles. An astute sailor, Roger has crewed and skippered many races, achieving notable line honours and race results on the way. Together with the strong team of individuals at Lightwave Yachts, Roger Overell has successfully created a World renowned brand, which is proven and trusted.

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“We Cannot Discover New Oceans Unless We Have The Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore” – Faulkner

Model Lightwave

Lightwave 46

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Lightwave 55

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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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