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Probably not and it's not a preferred method of sailing, just ask my wife about that. Surfing offwind is easier to be sure and I have no complaints about the way Oh Joy surfs but being tiller steered with that barn door rudder hanging off the end of the keel makes for quite a workout at times.
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Guzzwell was writing (and sailing) at a time when anything that weighed less than a Colin Archer tub was considered dangerously underbuilt. New construction techniques (like those pioneered and proven by boats like Trekka) have created boats that make Guzzwell's seem heavy. It's all relative. It depends to a large extent on your style of sailing - do you want to "get there" or do you want to have a smoother, slower ride? The Dashew's "Circumnavigator's Handbook" might be a helpful read for you.
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