I am about to buy a 40 stevens as long as the survey checks out.
To be honest this job and this entire boat project is a bit scary to me.
Holy guacamole Batman, one of these: STEVENS 40 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
(mentally adds boat to future 42-foot world-cruiser option list)
Nice boat. Send pics.
If experience from an ancient 25 footer is relevant (open question here) - if it will sail safely, and the price is really really right, go for it. As long as you're sailing, the longer timeframe to get things to bristol isn't so bad...