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Lightwave 45
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, […]
Lightwave 47
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 […]
Lightwave 40
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 […]
Lightwave 46
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 […]
Lightwave 45
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 […]

Why buy a Lightwave 46 Power Cat. Owner Robyn Jefferies comments

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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:

  1. Getting to your destination quicker and more refreshed, this is definitely an advantage for those souls who may have to get back to work or family.
  2. With a powerboat, you can get some degree of certainty with your scheduling… a big factor especially with partners & crew.
  3. More time in beautiful, interesting places and less time bumping around in the ocean!
  4. Those with age, health or inexperienced crew member concerns, the power boating offers big advantages.

Why buy a Power Cat instead of a Power Monohull?

What about fuel costs you may ask? Well power cats can reduce fuel usage by 50% and up to 70%. Not to mention all that lovely deck space and what about that rolly polly of a night. Powercats are just so much more stable and comfortable, the advantages are well documented, and they go on and on.

  • 8 knots using 1 Litre per nm
  • 15.5 knots using 2 Litre per nm

Why buy Lightwave over other boat building manufacturers?

Well now that you are sold on a power cat for your cruising…the next questions is what type do you want? It is not the same as choosing your car manufacturer, there is not quite the variety of choices with boats.

It is best to go with an established manufacturer with a proven record of accomplishment and one who uses a reputable designer with years of experience. The problems have been sorted, you get the back up of the manufacturer, and you are assured of a good resale value in the market place. Any future problems or pain is eliminated!

With Lightwave Yachts, you get all that plus a lot of personal attention. Lightwave owners are all still associated with the company long after the sale. Through regular correspondence, such as newsletters, updates, websites, and annual Lightwave regattas, it is more like you are joining a club than just buying a boat.

The Lightwave Power Cats have some extremely well designed concepts catering specifically for safety, economy, and ease of use. Although not apparent when looking over the boat, the engineering used places quality first. The Power cat has incorporated some practical and very well thought out design concepts. Its use of innovative engineering, smart design, and quality components will become more important over the years as you cruise and use your boat. This makes these boats about as reliable and easy to service as you are likely to get in the marketplace today.

We liked a lot of things, but here’s a few…

  • Designed with a very low centre of gravity; this is achieved by width, height, and length ratios, and the use of proven ocean going yacht principles. These combined factors make these boats extremely seaworthy for ocean voyages and promote stability at anchor.
  • Fuel economy – long, slim, semi displacement hulls with unique bow bulbs, light weight construction and super efficient motors gives great economy whilst delivering a top speed over 20 knots, and being very efficient cruising at 14 – 15 knots (3000rpm).
  • The Long 46 ft waterline length and the bridge deck clearance of 0.95 metres is ideal for ocean cruising.
  • The fuel-efficient engines in the Power cat are so well positioned that the usual loud noise associated with the diesel engines is eliminated allowing you to chat comfortably in the cockpit whilst underway.
  • The engine rooms are huge! Easily accessible with plenty of additional room down there for water makers, scuba gear, generators, air conditioners and supplies.
  • The stepped fly bridge instead of the traditional fly bridge is terrific. It provides a fantastic 360 degree view even in the rain and you are not isolated from the rest of the crew. This layout allows you to assist in docking. Remote controls for the throttles and Raymarine equipment means you can totally control and operate the boat from either inside or outside the boat on the deck or back steps.
  • Low vessel height above waterline means not only do you have more stability, but can get under those bridges and into waterways that other cruising boaties can only wish for!
  • The low 4.2 metre height, shallow 1.2-metre draft, good speed, fuel efficiency, ocean going capabilities, easy handling and comfortable living conditions promote an incredibly versatile cruising vessel that can maneuver up little rivers or travel around the world.
  • Small ship feel for handling but big ship feel for stability and space.
  • Good sized decks that allow you to move safely around the sides of the boat. It is so nice to walk around outside on deck with the cutaway curved front bow and cork floors on the cockpit & stairs. It is not just comfortable, but safe and promotes the beautiful sleek lines of the boat.
  • Duckboard works well. It is easy to lift the dingy on and off with the crane and it adds another area to the boat for fishing & lazing around.
  • The bait tank is brilliant. Provides plenty of space for bait & to throw in those freshly caught estuary fish. These factors enhance what a great fishing boat the Lightwave Power cat 46’ is!
  • For the serious fisherman, the Lightwave 46’ cruises smoothly and at a very low cost when trawling for those big ones. The 7.4-metre beam allows for a selection of rod setup alternatives.
  • Internally, the island bed is functional. This means no longer climbing over your partner in the middle of the night.
  • Office works well with computer and printer set up. There is also plenty of room for books and office supplies.
  • There is heaps of fridge freezer space to cater for long range cruising. The unit operates quietly thanks to the water-cooled compressor.
  • For long cruises, this boats ideal with 7 separate areas for a bit of quiet solitary time; cabin, saloon, office, kitchen, cockpit, under the annex and on deck.
  • The cockpit area under the annex gives the boat another dimension in living space. It works well as a sunroof, a fully enclosed room, or anything in between.
  • The saloon table is versatile with the ability to lower down as well as moves in and out. This allows it to be a dining table, coffee table, or additional bed as you please.
  • The everyday practicalities of a quiet boat at night with plenty of good ventilation have all been considered during the build process of this design.

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