Thanks for the reply. I do, in fact, have pictures and I'll upload them to my flickr account tonight.
The info you gave me has already been a big help and I look forward to stealing more of your knowledge. : )
The keel looks like it's just a bit banged up and the metal sheath is corroded and split. Also, the boat has a centerboard that drops down. I'm unsure of how functional that's going to be.
I'll definitely pick up the book you recommended.
As for where I live, I'm actually on the South Shore and I know Buzzard's Bay pretty well. My friend has a cottage down there where we do some power-boating and whatnot. I mentioned Boston as that's where I started and continue to sail.
Please check back tonight and hopefully I'll have those pictures posted.