Had sea trials tonight, and I have to say she was much more impressive under sail than in the slip (not surprising, right?). We had very light wind tonight, and a brief period of nice puffs so I got a feel for how she responds. Much better in light winds than I'd anticipated, and the wheel wasn't as big a problem as I'd thought (wanted a tiller ideally). The motor ran very smooth as well (for a YSB8!!). Bottom line: I love the boat and agreed on a price with the current owner.
Just a little paperwork to go, and I'll be on the doorsteps of a dream that's been lingering for 28 years. And a lot of work!
My first job is polishing up the deck and fittings, fixing the seacock, and getting her new name in place. She'll be reborn as "Ravat" as soon as I have time to wet-sand the current faded art and have a proper ceremony.
Thanks again for the tips - I'm sure I'll pop up again soon with more questions.