Novice looking for first boat advice. Contessa?
New to all of this. Just returned from Guatemala where I visited a sailor friend who lives on the Rio Dulce and has a sail and rigging repair business there. Went out sailing, became enamored with it, signed up for sailing classes here, and looking for a boat. Right now specifically interested in a Contessa 32, even though the particular one of interest probably needs repowering, new rigging, stove, and electronics. Overall their reputation for blue water reliability and relative ease appeals to me. If anyone is familiar with or expert on these boats in the local area (Seattle/Puget Sound), I'd love the advice.