First boat: Columbia 22 or Columbia 24?
I grew up on power boats, but have never owned or piloted sailboats before (well, other than Lasers).
I'd like to get into sailing, in Boston, and have the option to buy either a 24' Columbia Challenger, for about $1,700, or a 22' Columbia for about $500 (or maybe even free, since the person needs to get the boat off of his mooring).
The difference is as follows:
The 24 has new hull paint, decent condition sales, full electronics, decent motor, dodger, new lines, etc. Its about 1,700.
The 22 needs a full new coat of paint, possibly new gel coat on the deck, has no electronics, has a torn mainsail, needs new jibs, and has an older motor. It can be had for maybe 500, or maybe even free, possibly.
What, in all of your opinions, is the better boat to get?