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A bigger wheel will give you more mechanical advantage so it will help a bit. A 24 inch wheel IS rather small for such a boat - it must look odd as well as limiting your reach from the outboard edges of the cockpit, esp when beating.
Are you making good use of your traveler? Flattening the main and letting the traveler down low on the boat will make a huge difference to the loads on the helm too.
I know some Hunters have limited travellers so this may be tougher to do than on other boats.
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