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Looks like you found a Good Old Boat. It reminds me a bit of the Cal 2-46. Make sure the survey tests the hull for moisture/core damage. I would suspect you can expect a fair bit of rigging replacement and maybe an engine rebuild, depending on when it was last done. Also, some of the wiring looks a little "off-code"...maybe not bad, per se, but possibly due for an upgrade.
If stuff works, like that windlass, fine: But be prepared that in a 30 year old boat, the first five years of serious usage could reveal a fair number of "fatigue failures" due simply to age and the logic of replacing old gear with stuff that draws less power, is less subject to corrosion, etc. You'll want to pay particular attention to the engine's state of spares and good repair, and may wish to pop for a full and qualified inspection (compression, spare injectors, top-end rebuild, redo of the exhaust system). Basically, if it's original and around the engine, it's suspect after 30 years of salt air.
Jeez, she's not a light boat, is she? She weighs as much as my steel full keeler of comparative size (although you have a greater waterline).
But the logic of a centerboard pilothouse for coastal passagemaking is pretty well unassailable (no pun intended!). Make sure the mechanical aspect of raising and lowering the board.
You have a great deal to learn, but although I am unfamiliar with that particular boat model, the year 1977 augurs well for a tough and essentially OVERbuilt boat that is as safe as you want to sail her. Congratulations, and consider crewing a great deal before you tackle going offshore, particularly on your rather unforgiving coasts.