Re: The Boat
Based on the pics and the write up - I think it's probably a good buy if it's in good shape, but I'm in Canada and I know that our idea of a fair price is higher than the US. That said, there is a maxim that says "you can never pay too much for a good boat, or too little for a poor one".
One thing that you need to be careful of with this boat is the hull. I believe it is cored, hence if there is water in there it may be rotting the core. Fixing this will cost you at least as much as the boat, probably more in the Maritimes.
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Regarding the performance of the boat... This is not something that sails like a J Boat, or an Express or even a CS or a lot of other newer boats. The PHRF listed in the write up is 162, which would put it into the "sprightly cruiser" category rather than the "competitive club racer" group. You may do well under handicapping rules if you sail the boat nicely, but you're still going to be looking at a lot of transoms.
As far as using a broker to represent you goes. There are pros and cons to it. The listing broker will have to split his commission with your broker, so instead of making 2500 on the deal, he's looking at 1250. This may not be enough money to ensure that he spends much time dealing with the sale.
Personally, I would put my effort into locating a very thorough, independent surveyor and base my decision primarily on his recommendation. Surveyors are almost always more knowledgeable and definitely far more objective than any broker.
There is also some incentive for your broker to push you into buying the boat, simply because it is the easiest thing for him to do, and he also is not earning a very substantial commission on the sale. Certainly, he is going to be a little hesitant about incurring large long-distance telephone bills on your behalf.
All in all - if the boat is as advertised, it's probably a good deal, as all the stuff that needs replacing on an older boat has been taken care of. But the two caveats that occur to me are the cored hull and the PHRF rating, as it seems that you're interested in racing.
I wouldn't stop looking at other options... If you do decide to purchase from the states - PM me and I'll let you know how to import it properly.