Congratulations, you will never regret your choice. There is a lot to tell so it is hard to know where to start. IT would be easier to talk directly but for now you will find that the boat handles far better that most and is stiffer than most. That is because it is a bit low on sail area and is not at its best in very light air. In a breeze it comes to life goes like magic and you will feel safe and secure when others are struggling. The mast is quite bendy. I didn't like that so I replaced it with a larger mast and raised the head stay to the mast head. That didn't hurt anything but improved the light air performance. Racing makes you do funny things. There is much more. As for cruising, My wife and I have overnighted quite nicely with another couple but it takes very special people to make do in a small boat. I would like to know where you sail. I am in the Norfolk VA. area. Good luck!