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I have to agree with the others. This does not seem like a good deal under the circumstances.
First, it is generally a very bad idea to purchase a keelboat sight-unseen. A trip to inspect it, as well as a survey by a professional surveyor, is generally money well spent. It can save you a small fortune in the long run. Some wealthy folks can afford to take that kind of financial risk -- but this does not sound like you.
If you go over to YouTube, you can do a search for a video that shows a seemingly nice J-30 being crushed and destroyed at a waste processing facility. You see what appears to be a decent boat being torn to pieces by a backhoe, with the owner onlooking. What the photos don't and can't show, is the extensive rot inside the hull that would have cost many times the boats market value to repair. The photos you have can't show that sort of damage either.
Second, based on what little we and you know about this boat from the photos and history provided above, there is plenty of available info that would cause anyone to pause on this boat. College boats generally take a beating, and often don't get lavished with attention. The photos confirm that this will be a serious project boat.
Third, you received some VERY VALUABLE advice from "Tommays" above. You are new here to SailNet, so let me vouch that Tommays could be considered our "resident expert" on J24s. He has raced and owned multiple hulls for many years. He knows these boats. You should give great deference to his opinions.
Finally, there is your circumstances as a college student. Taking on the expense of a keelboat right now would be a major financial drain and distraction.
But the good news is, if you want to get into racing, you should be able to with little difficulty. What you need to do is get the word out at your nearest J24 or J22 fleet that you are seriously available to crew. Then show up early to help get the boat ready before the race, and linger afterwards to help clean it up and put her to bed. If you show-up consistently, you will be asked back consistently. You will learn a lot about racing and boat ownership and expenses. And you will probably get some good leads on well-maintained boats that might be coming available after you graduate.
Take a pass on this one. There will be other nicer examples in the future, when timing is better.
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