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Go for it... the only issue should be any possible difficulty getting around the wheel. What model E35? The early version has a split cockpit anyway, the later versions have a T shaped cockpit. As long as you're happy stepping up and around the wheel you'll be fine.
Plenty of people use a quick release nut on the wheel and remove it to the rail at anchor or while entertaining/lounging in the cockpit too, so that would eliminate that problem at times.
You'll find the reach to the wheel much easier from the coaming too, with better sightlines to the headsail telltales.
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