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Draft - swing keel/center board/shoal keel - depending on the configuration you can get into shallower waters or not
Sails - be sure that all the sails are there and in good condition. A genoa is nice
Roller furler - a very nice to have item and they are trailerable.
Rigging - check the cables to rule out rot and corrosion
Decks - walk the decks and feel for soft spots - especially around hardware and hatches
Sounder - very nice to have if it's there
If I may be so bold, pick up a copy of The Complete Trailer Sailor by Brian Gilbert or something akin to it. Gilbert packs the book with great information about trailer sailing. It was recommended to my by a childhood friend, James L Nelson (for those who might know his books, it's a shameless name drop to gain credibility). Gilbert includes 50 or so small sailboats and pocket cruisers in the back. He provides drawings, photos, specs, deck plans, pros and cons for boats from 16' to 28'. It's a great resource.
If I can offer real advise, go as big as you can afford. A 25 footer seems huge for the first night. Out Lancer 25 will sleep 5, as long as a couple of you are thin and cozy. But we are normally the little guy at most anchorages. Once while finishing off my last meatball out of the pan that I cooked on a Coleman stove in the cockpit, this fellow on a 50 footer circumnavigated me looking for depth. I greeted him and he responded in kind> I don't think his teether ever parted. I'm pretty sure his chef was down bellow yelling at the wait staff. Yep . . . humbling.
Anyway, I am rambling! Welcome to the asylum. If I can be of further (or any) assistance, drop me a PM.