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Another consideration that was pointed out to me - and I have seen by comparing comparably-sized boats - is that a tiller gives you more cockpit space when anchored, docked or moored, as the tiller can be flipped up or folded out of the way.
Even the wheels that can be removed still require a post that sticks up from your cockpit sole.
I asked two experienced sailors at my marina the same question.
Each of them was equally convincing in their answer. One was a strong proponent of the wheel. The other was a strong proponent of the tiller. Both had very good reasons for their choice.
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
Visualize the vastness of the oceans; the infinity of the heavens; the fickleness of the wind; the artistry of the craft and the frailty of the sailor. The oneness that may be achieved through the harmony of these things may lead one to enlightenment. - Flying Welshman