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I would go with the one that is in better physical shape and better maintained, even if it has less in the way of electronics. Adding what you want to have for the way you're going to use the boat is often easier than fixing what they have to do what you want.
Also, you don't have as much to worry about with fewer electronics, since electrical and electronics work is one area that POs often get very creative, often in a really bad way.
The sweat equity and labor of cleaning up the other boat may well cost more than putting in all new electronics in the better looking boat, especially if you are handy and can do most of the installation work yourself.
BTW, most work on a boat is easily done by anyone with half a brain, and the common sense God gave a monkey, since most of the knowledge and skills you need to do the work on a boat are 95% common sense, and about 5% esoteric knowledge, most of which can be gained from books, the internet and with a little trial and error. I'd also point out that if you're planning on going cruising, having done the installations of the electronics yourself will often make troubleshooting any problems far easier than trying to figure out what the PO or the electrician the PO hired did—especially in an emergency situation.
I'd also recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips
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