Originally Posted by aelkin
I suspect that folks are going to want a bit more information before chiming in on this one.
What is the make/model of the boat?
What is the asking price?
What condition are the sails, who made them, what are the key characteristics? (roller furling or hank-on? What size are the foresails? reefing in the main? battens?)
Is the boat already in a slip near you? can you continue to use that slip?
What are your sailing plans? How do you want to use the boat?
Does the owner really mean a CB radio?? Or is it VHF (marine standard)?
What I CAN tell you with just the info you've provided is that a 23-foot sailboat with an outboard and a shoal draft is (generally speaking) a great sized boat for a beginner.
6 years ago, my wife and I bought a Tanzer 22 that was 'ready to go'. We spent 3 months getting to know how to sail it. It was easy to handle, quick and fun to sail, and easy to manage the amount of lines, rigging, canvas and mechanical bits....
If the boat you're looking at doesn't represent a huge percentage of your available 'recreational income', go for it.
Thanks for all the great questions to think about. Here is a link: