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