I owned a 2-24 and logged thousands of miles in it. It is a very light displacement boat and is rigged accordingly. It is very easy to single hand and it has just enough sail handling equipment to be a great starter boat for somebody who would eventually like to move up. I loved mine and my wife cried both times I sold it (she made me buy it back the first time). There is almost nothing proprietary on the boat so you should be able to restore and maintaine it very easily. The under water profile (except the rudder and keel, which are easily modified) is ideal for surfing and it was not uncommon to have sustained speeds of 10 to 12 knots on the way to Catalina from MDR. However, that thing has no business in the open ocean and I would discourage going off-shore in it....unless you like white knuckle rides.