I have a US25 and it's great. There are quite a few threads on this forum with both sides speaking out, but I say to make sure to listen to those that own them and sail them regularly. Very well balanced boat with a good amount of space inside and out for it's size.
As for the tiller issue, I replaced my wine with a shorter one made out of hazelnut wood. I thought it was too long too.
Agreed on the headroom, just a few more inches in height would be nice.
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