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 tri-maran.

Lightwave Yachts will announce a new model release in 2022. A new, dedicated 55’ motor catamaran design will meet the growing demand for power driven catamarans. 


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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rope Systems

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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