the Lightwave 45 is currently out boat of choice. My wife and I visited their factory May this year during the Sanctuary Cove boat show
. There was a 38 in progress and the almost completed 47' Grande motor
sailor version. There is an extensive review of this boat in the Sept-Oct edition of Multihull
World magazine. Andrew has also written an excellent review of the 45 sports in an earlier edition of Multihull
At the show we viewed the 45 Grande charter
version. Certainly lots of space, but typical of the charter
layout 4 double cabins kind of cramps things up. In my opinion the owner versions are far superior. It seems that Roger and the Lightwave team are more of a semi custom builder
than a one size fits all production builder
. In our early discussions, there is no problem for them to incorporte design features and layout options from any of their models into what the prospective owner would like. In our case we are keen on galley
down, with an aft office. This combination is not shown on the web site, but the Lightwave team are happy enough to do it.
My wife in particular likes the 45 design, and preferable the Grande, as the rear deck
is extended about another meter or so I guess from the sports 45 making much better use of the available living space. I understand many of the 45's have gone to previous 35 and 38 owners, so I guess that says a lot about the quality and the Lightwave team.
During the show we looked at several other boats, and clearly the Lightwaves held their own in terms of practicaility and ergonomics, and clearly built for the rigors of cruising. I sound like an agent!! I am most surely not. I just suspect these and other Australian manufacyures like Seawind
probably don't get the exposure they should for such excellent products. Speaking of Seawind
they have just released a new 41ft design. I do want to check that out as well, because their 1160 and 1000XL's are very well done as well.
For us we probably have another 2 years in Canada
before the begins to get realised. Best of luck woth your endeavours