Electric windlass - options
We have recently bought our Liberty and have not yet had a chance to take her out extensively and make up our own detailed opinion of her sailing characteristics (we''ve been in the middle of electrical system upgrades...)
We did however sailed her during sea trials and brought her back to Vancouver from the San Juans, WA. The conditions were light (around 10 kts) and she moved quite well.
Our research on this vessel was quite extensive. I saw 10 of the 31 units produced, spoke with several owners, the designer (Peter Hoyt) and the Shin FA builders (they now live in BC). By all owner accounts, this is a keeper. She performs very well in both light and heavier winds. One owner regularly raced his in Seattle with a very successful record - not that everyone does that :-)
The hull itself is that of a Peterson 44 (same as a Kelly Perterson 46), a well proven and popular model with a few hundreds built. The same design was sold in Europe as the Delta 45 and some were sold under the Passport 45 name.
Which Liberty 458 have you looked at? I might have seen it :-)