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This has been a fun thread to read. I admire any of you who can row a keelboat of more than 2500 pounds or so.
I had a Marblehead Town class 17-foot c.b. sloop, no motor, low enough freeboard that we rowed her often with a single sweep oar coming in from a race in light or no air. My method was to heel her to the oarlock side to reduce freeboard further.
Don't know if you could do this on your 23-footer. But you have a bit of bulwark, maybe carving an opening to get your oarlock down to deck level, and heel her with everyone you have on board, would give you enough speed?
Less freeboard = shorter oar = better leverage.