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New to sailing, a few choices but hard time deciding

Hello friends i am new here and new to sailing as well, i have decided i want to learn and with many things i will do i will get the basics and jump into what im learning by practicing on my own or with someone who shares the interest

I wish to purchase my first sail boat and i am at an impass! I live in the lonely state of iowa, almost devoid of sailboats.
However i do live fairly close to coralville lake, which i am pretty sure is our largest, and i would like to learn there.

I am considering buying a dingy to learn on, but i know , like with all things i will sell it quickly and buy something larger to accomodate my desires and i have several options available to me.
As a first time sailor im not looking to shell out a life savings on a first boat, nor am i looking for a monster 30 footer.

My basic requirements were atleast 3 people and atleast 2 sails so this is what i have available to me now.

1 small dingy known as a Puffer
2 hobiecat 16
3 A 19 foot El Mar sail boat from 1973, this one says Licensed capacity is owners responsability (ive no idea)
4 a 19 Foot , 1972 oday

They all say sails are in good condition, but i plan to view them all tomorrow or the next day depending on current owners timeframe

I am really leaning twords the oday because it has a fairly large cabin and i would use it to spend a few days on the lake

and the el mar and oday come with small outboards incase of no wind or what have you

I have been sailing with others on small boats and a hobiecat 16 ,i know the basics and terminology of things found on small boats, but not yachts or big boats (not saying these are big boats just that my knowledge doesnt cover those)

What are peoples opinions on these picks and if i would be able to expand my knowledge from helping to running the boat myself, easily

I am no speed demon either but i cant find much information on anything but the Hobie 16 , about stability, saftey, top speed of the others
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