Numerical results from a three-dimensional radiation model are presented where a cycloidal wave energy converter (WEC) is interacting with an incoming straight crested airy wave. The radiation model was developed in response to experimental observations from 1:10 scale experiments which were conducted in the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research center wave basin. These experiments were the first investigations involving a WEC where three dimensional wave radiation effects were present due to the fact that the span of the WEC was much smaller than the width of the basin. The radiation model predicted the observed surface wave patterns in the experiment well, and showed that radiation induced wave focusing increased the recoverable wave power beyond the two-dimensional predictions for small WEC spans, while approaching the two-dimensional limit for very large spans. The numerical model was subsequently used to investigate the sensitivity of the WEC to misalignment between the incoming waves and the WEC shaft as well as the impact of a gap in the blade setup of a double WEC. For misalignment, the loss in efficiency was found to be strongly dependent on the ratio between WEC span and incoming wavelength, where short spans (on the order of one wavelength or less) which are realistic for actual ocean deployment showed only minor reductions in efficiency, while very long spans were found to be more sensitive to misalignment. The blade gap in a double WEC setup was found to have a relatively minor effect (up to 30%) on efficiency. Efficiency was found to either increase or decrease depending on the size of the gap.