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Old 20-01-2009, 12:29   #1
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Fusion Cats from Australia

Is there anybody who owns/ sailed one?

any opinion on them?

They look different and fast to me.
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Old 20-01-2009, 14:09   #2
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There has been quite a lot written in earlier posts, search fusion40 and all should be revealed.
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Old 21-01-2009, 00:59   #3
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Is there anybody who owns/ sailed one?

any opinion on them?

They look different and fast to me.
Looks can be deceiving.
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Looks can be deceiving.
First time ever, but I will agree with Catty.
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Old 21-01-2009, 03:52   #5
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After a couple of years skulking around the site, I figure it's time to register and get out there!!!! As an ozzie gal I can say there are quite a few Fusions around our shores and they are nice looking boats. HOWEVER, I did a lot of research of both aussie and european cats before we settled on our current boat. The Australian Lightwave catamaran came up tops for lots of reasons; chiefly comfortable but a great performer, 800 litre fuel tanks for bluewater cruising, bridgedeck clearance and the all weather helm. Did I also mention the beautiful finish. If you are interested in Australian cats, check them out at www.lightwaveyachts.com
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Old 21-01-2009, 04:24   #6
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Welcome, winch wench! Looking forward to hearing more from you...
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The lightwave 45 is our dream cat ! Planning for late 2011 delivery. I would very much like to hear about the options you chose and anything different you would do.
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lightwave

looks most interesting what I read about these lightwaves ; thanks for the idea.

What is wrong with the 38 that you look for such much bigger model

*what is the experience here? is a 38 too small crossing oceans? Who has an opinion on this issue? Or their 35.......even smaller but smartly made
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I'd check actual weights of the different boats before going further. I like the look of Pacific Cats for the simplicity .
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looks good on their site; do you know them / sailed one?
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Old 22-01-2009, 18:07   #11
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About the Lightwave 45. I haven't sailed one (I have a lot of mono experience, and only harter experience on abig cat) but have spent several hours over two boat shows looking around, and only reason I didnt buy a used Lightwave 38 in late 2007 was due to relocation to Montreal. The 45 has essentialy the same layout and internal accomodation as the 38. Lightwave wanted to produce a longer LWL to allow greater weight carrying capability for longer passages. We also want to add a dive compressor so need a platform capable of all the extras that requires.

I also recall reading in Chris Whites book on cruising multi's that he recommends above 40ft for ocean crossings due to greater stability. Having said that, there are many examples of small craft successfully completing long crossings and circumnavigations.

I think about 50 38's have been made and around 10 45's. At least 3 of the 45's have gone to previous 38 owners, so in my view that says a lot for the uality of the product and the Company ethics that folks would go back for repeat business.

So the above is all very logical, but the key, and perhaps only reason that matters is that my wife as said 'that's the boat......and I am not prepared to argue with her
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Old 22-01-2009, 19:03   #12
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looks most interesting what I read about these lightwaves ; thanks for the idea.

What is wrong with the 38 that you look for such much bigger model

*what is the experience here? is a 38 too small crossing oceans? Who has an opinion on this issue? Or their 35.......even smaller but smartly made
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The 38 is great, but our dream is to cruise the Pacific in a couple of years once we get free of the work committments. We both feel that the 45' would make ocean crossing a lot more stable, and there is more capacity for storage. So far we've cruised the East Coast of Australia from Brisbane to Sydney and then back up to Tville, and found it to be very 'sure footed' and easy to sail. As you have probably worked out, as the winch wench in our relationship, I have far more say than the captain!!! Happy to report though, that the captain is delighted.
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looks good on their site; do you know them / sailed one?
I know the designer of the Pacific Cat kit boats. He is a very ethical honest bloke and knows what he is doing. The use of polyprop and glass epoxy infused panels should be light, resilient, rot proof, have a good bond and therefore little chance of delaminating and a good price and the use of the routed edges for making curved deck edges makes sense. I don't have any prices on the kits though. You would have to make enquiries.
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