I am hearing that these boats are prone to leak... do you find this true? Thanks for any info!
I would pretty much say that any boat that is maintained correctly will be fine, any that is not will leak somewhere. But - the "leaks" you are probably hearing about are not sea water coming in, but rather, rain water through improperly maintained ports, chain plates, fuel and water fillers etc.
If you want a non-leaking, totally tight sailboat - try a new Morris, Hinkley, Island Packet etc. (showing my personal preferences) If you cannot afford those, then get a good sailboat from the early 70s on and maintain her properly.
Also - a 70s on sailboat will often have many of the little annoyances already fixed and can quite often have lots of extra gear already added by previous owners (POs)
Plus - guys like me can afford them. Me, I can only dream about a Morris
Good luck in your search.
Rik & Linda