You should go back to school for more learning IF you still waste the time and money on even seeing this wreck of a J/24. After all the experienced sailors online have remarked on the worthless condition of your prospective boat? Why would you even waste the time to travel 300 miles to inspect it?
They have all counseled you with honesty and compassion. You will undoubtedly make many more bad decisions in your future life. Don't ad the purchase of this lousy sailboat be another bad decision. Heed the advice of more learned sailors than yourself.
You will be glad you disregard this boat. It is your decision and yours alone. Let's see if college has placed any knowledge into your cranium. Think first about having it now versus waiting to find a better deal on a good J/24.
Good luck in your decision.