okay, 7 months later I finally purchased the Snipe. I figured is best to go with what is being raced at my club. My objective is to learn to sail well and I think the Snipe will be better for me than the Scot for now. I plan to single hand some and that was also a factor. Once I can sail safe I will feel more comfortable taking my wife and kids out. Then maybe a Scot.
I might launch her this weekend if the winds are calm. I know you all are glad to see a newbie actually pull the trigger. All my dreaming can stop now and it's time to get to learning and work towards joining the races.