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In addition to Donna's good advice, I'd suggest that you not get yourself locked into any one type of boat right away. You are fortunate that it's pretty much a buyers' market, and not having a (devalued) boat to sell first makes things even better for you.
The S2 is a pretty decent design, and a good example may well be a good boat for you, but look around at lots of different boats (it's all part of the fun). Knowing your experience and anticipated budget will be helpful.
Most any used boat is going to need some work, so be sure to keep a contingency aside for the inevitable (ie don't 'blow the budget' on purchase price and costs alone) Be aware that you could well spend $1000 easily on surveys and haulouts only to find the boat's not what you want, or it has some fatal flaw. Still, that would be a grand well spent as opposed to spending 10s of Ks and ending up with a pig in a poke, as they say.
Research, look, look, and try to get some sailing time on various boats as volunteer crew so that your purchase decision ultimately is an informed one.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
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