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As an S&S design she's got a decent pedigree, though of that IOR era of pinched ends, large "J" measurements and the pronounced tumblehome. Still, they can be good value for a cruising boat if you're careful about sail selection. The narrow stern reduces cockpit space, esp by today's standards.
I think generally Hughes built a solid boat, solid glass hulls with cored decks, of course. To my eye the deck on the 1000 is a bit odd looking, but that's just subjective stuff. They modified the house considerably and then called it a Hughes 31. A google search brought up lots of hits on examples for sale, so you might compare some of those to the one you're looking at.
I'm sure a properly fitted one (with prepared crew) could make it from the San Juans to the Sea of Cortez....
btw, welcome to Sailnet!
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