Generally speaking, yes. But it further depends on whether you will be leaving your boat in the water or keeping it on a trailer, whether you are concerned about maximum performance around the buoys or cruising, etc. Best advise is to ask an expert in your area. The type of growth there might be different from here (although, I suspect it will be pretty much the same in Arkansas as in Alabama.)
Sailing isn't a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that!