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Not too fast...
Glancing through the thread makes me want to ask some questions. What kind of sailing are you planning? The cockpit looks to be designed for ocean passages. It's narrow, with not a lot of stowage. It doesn't look like there's a lot of space for spreading out to watch the sunset. Do those slats look comfortable to you? Do the winches still work? When did they stop making them? If they replaced the mast in 2009 why didn't they replace the wire-reel main halyard winch at the same time? Those can be really nasty and dangerous to use, and there's no need for them, with synthetic fiber line available that is thinner (if you want that) and that stretches less than the wire. Where are you planning to sail? This boat is HEAVY, and has a pretty short mast by today's standards. That may provide OK performance on the Zuider Zee, but if you're sailing in a light-air region, the engine will likely be getting a solid workout, often. Is the engine in good shape? I've been on one site where discussions of problems with Perkins (104's?) were banned because they became all-enveloping. Is the apparently ramshackle approach to propane connections the tip of an iceberg?
Though she does look like a well-built and pretty boat, unless the price was really right, I'd be really careful. Paint can hide a multitude of sins, and this boat looks to be carefully painted (and nicely varnished, too). When a church nearby here did some renovations recently, they found that the balcony's supports had rotted away, and that essentially only the paint had been holding the thing in place. Also, as is apparent from Wombat's cogent post, rust never sleeps.