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The boat in the picture appears to be a Johnson designed Venus hull, which was sold as a kit hull from the 1970's. They were loosely based on an Atkins Eric design (like the Westsail 32) and were often gaff ketch or cutter rigged. I believe that the boat in question was in Maryland not all that long ago.
In a general sense, schooners are interesting and fun relics of an earlier time. They are great boats if you are interested in sailing history and live in an area where you can spend much of your time reaching in decent breezes. They are not so wonderful at the extreme ends of the wind range.
Depending on the specifics of the design, small schooners can make and often do great single-handers, (when ever I see one, I secretly lust after the small Van Dyne designed Tancook Whaler).
But the boat in question would be an absolute miserable choice as a first boat or a single-hander and looking at the specifics of this particular boat, i would have to say, run don't walk the other way....
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay