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I have owned several wooden boats in my life time. The construction material and centerboard suggests that the boat was probably built in the 1950's to mid- 1960's as wooden boats with a CB had gotten pretty rare by the 1970's. That would make this a 40-50 year old wooden boat. If it hasn't been done, a wooden boat of this era probably is ready for its second refastening which typically means it will need some replacement frames and planking. Boats of this era, with iron keels or centerboards typically will need new keel bolts as well. 30-50 year old spars typically need regluing. And so on. And these wooden boat issues are in addition to the usual old boat of any material needs.
Which brings me to my point, Boats of this era were pretty mediocre sailers, wooden boats of this era had very cramped interiors, and there is a very limited resale market for wooden boats, so unless you love working with wood, and are more interested in working on wooden boats than sailing, this sounds like a really bad idea. There are people who buy boats simply because the enjoy working on boats. If you are one of these, and this is a good design, then this is probably a decent project for you. But for most people, owning a boat is about getting out on the water, and you can buy an old 30 foot fiberglass boat that is in sailing condition and it will sail better, have more room, be less work to restore and own, and will cost way less than you will spend buying, repairing, and keeping this old girl in decent sailing condition.