The numbers, however, don't begin to tell the story. Tim Murphy was correct: Driving the 45e from either of the twin "faux carbon" wheels, which are stationed well aft and outboard, is a sensual, almost ethereal experience. (By the way, you see dual helms on so many contemporary cruising boats because, as with the 45e, the beam is carried so far aft that a single, gargantuan wheel would be unwieldy and impractical.) Helm response, to even the slightest adjustment, is immediate. Friction is non-existent. In the puffs, the 45e heels ever so slightly and carries on with business as the knotmeter ascends in accordance.
The deck layout is set up in such a manner that it would be incredibly easy to sail solo, with the primary and double-ended mainsheet winches within handy reach of the skipper. So is the traveler, which spans the entire cockpit sole, just forward of the wheel. My one quibble with this arrangement would be in a round-the-buoys racing scenario; in tacks and jibes, there'd be a lot of hands at work in a rather compact amount of real estate. For cruising or shorthanded sailing, however, the layout is just fine.