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I have a Wauquiez Hood 38 and found her cockpit to be very much to my liking.
First, the benches are something over 7 ft long and run the full length. I like this better than the types of cockpits that have a long athwartships bench all the way aft with the alongships benches being shorter and not running the full length (a T type design). I like to sail the boat kicked back, feet up, on one or the other (depending on the tack). The 7+ ft length also means that four people can fit comfortably in the cockpit, lounging with their backs against a cushion and their legs up (this is how just about everyone who sails with me apparently loves to locate themselves).
The Hood 38 benches are also a nice width. I think about 24 inches. They are comfortable for sleeping....or just being lazing about. This is a big advantage ...as lazing about under the bimini takes up a good part of our time. 22 inches is a bit too narrow for sleeping or even just lying down. 28 inches is great for sleeping, but not for sitting.
Hope this helps